The 8 Best Postpartum Underwear, According To Reviewers
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The days after birthing your little human into existence often involve a messy, uncomfortable recovery process — whether your delivery was via C-section or vaginal, there’s likely to be postpartum wounds and/or fluids you’ll want to keep clean. That’s why the best postpartum underwear will meet your recovery needs, whether you’re healing from an incision or could use extra absorbency for bleeding. They’ll feel comfortable and stretchy, and range in style from high-waisted briefs to low-cut bikini underwear.
While the style you choose is ultimately down to preference, you might want to consider the type of support you’ll want as you recover. For C-sections, consider underwear that won’t roll down or agitate the wound. While high-waisted underwear can be a good option for C-section recoveries since they’re less likely to irritate the scar, it’s recommended that you avoid bikini cuts that could rub or chafe that sensitive area. Underwear with light compression can also help with the C-section recovery by reducing swelling and supporting weakened tissue.
If you’re recovering from a vaginal delivery, you might want to look for leakproof underwear (or postpartum diapers for more protection) and/or designs that are big enough to fit overnight pads. Fabrics with some stretch can also offer extra room to move and breathe. Designs that sit below the belly (like bikini cuts or underwear with fold-over waistbands) can comfortably accommodate your changing belly, and they can make great crossover underwear as you transition from pregnancy to postpartum.
Whether you’re looking for a pair of high-waisted briefs or something lower cut, scroll on for a postpartum underwear style that’ll work for you. Most of the options on this list are machine-washable for easy maintenance — but you can also find disposable underwear for even more convenience.