Maternity Shapewear vs. Maternity Support Systems

What level of support are you looking for?

Do you need to alleviate back pain, or are you just looking to smooth out those pesky pregnancy love handless?

Are you fighting pregnancy SPD, or maybe it’s varicose veins that are your problem?

Check out our table that talks about the different levels of support at the bottom of this page to make sure you are looking in the right category, then we can dive into the uses of maternity shapewear and which Spanx style products might fit your needs!

There’s a lot to choose from in the shapewear category, what with leggings, girdles, Spanx, slips, and etc, so we’ve worked hard to narrow it down to a couple of products that have worked well for mamas with little to no complications.

Best Maternity Shapewear for Bridesmaids or Special Events

The hardest part about pregnancy is feeling confident when you go out. So many events and so much to do, but your body is changing every day, along with your appetite and your clothing size. Holidays and baby showers and maternity photo shoots can really mess with your head when the outfit you planned a month ahead of time looks lumpy and dumpy the day of the event. That’s why it is a really good plan to invest in a

Holidays and baby showers and maternity photo shoots can really mess with your head when the outfit you planned a month ahead of time looks lumpy and dumpy the day of the event. That’s why it is a really good plan to invest in a

Holidays and baby showers and maternity photo shoots can really mess with your head when the outfit you planned a month ahead of time looks lumpy and dumpy the day of the event. That’s why it is a really good plan to invest in a high-quality piece of shapewear. Do away with the love handles, lift and support that tummy, and smooth over that frustrating cellulite butt.

Do away with the love handles, lift and support that tummy, and smooth over that frustrating cellulite butt.
Weddings are another biggie. I’ll never forget being 7 months pregnant and a bridesmaid and going out for the bachelorette mani/pedi night. The girls at the salon spoke very little English and were shocked that I was going to be in the wedding PREGNANT.

I hadn’t realized that it was a cultural abnormality, but it’s not at all uncommon these days. All of the major bridal shop chains now carry a selection of maternity bridesmaid and bridal gowns, so it’s definitely not outside of normal to be in a wedding party while expecting.

The Belly Bandit Thighs Disguise Pregnancy Shapewear

For special events the best we’ve found is the Belly Bandit Thighs disguise. Made
specifically for thigh and butt smoothing, these are also fabulous for hiding an outie belly
button and eliminate all undergarment lines, while being breathable and soft.

That makes them a usable option for summer, too. Especially since the longer legs cut chaffing from the thigh rubbing!

The only reason these aren’t our top-daily-wear-choice is because they are a smidgen fragile and don’t hold up as well as you would want for your everyday undergarment choice.

— Click Here To Shop Belly Bandit Maternity Shapewear —

Favorite Support Providing Shapewear for Pregnancy

The Blanqi BodyStyler Tank

The Blanqi BodyStyler Tank and it’s sexier cousin, the Underbust Tank are both fantastic for getting some support while smoothing everything out. These tanks are made to come down over your hips to smooth over love handles and lift your tummy.

These are actually some of our favorite support items as well as favorite shapewear pieces. It’s worth having one in every color. They’re fantastically breathable and flattering, and stay down where they belong for almost every mamma we’ve talked to!

ALERT: Choose your size using the offical size chart from Blanqi to avoid a negative experience!

The brand also recommends that
“If in-between sizes, we suggest you size up if in your 3rd trimester.
1-3 Months: Use your pre-pregnancy size
4-6 Months: Use your pre-pregnancy size
7-9 Months: Use your pre-pregnancy size and size up 1 size if in-between sizes”

The underbust tank provides a little more support and is more of a universal fit, since it doesn’t have to accommodate breast sizes, but it’s definitely an undergarment, which cuts back on its wearability.

— Click here to view the Blanqi Underbust BodyStyler — 

The full tank is a clothing item that many people are comfortable wearing as a stand alone piece in warmer weather, or as a visible layer in cooler weather.

— Click here to see options for the Blanqi BodyStyler Tank Top — 

Top Maternity Support Leggings For Comfort During Pregnancy

We like the Blanqi leggings but….

Our typical Go-To favorite brand is Blanqi. Their fit is to die for,
their materials are super comfortable, and mammas love the technology that goes into their support systems, but the Blanqi Maternity Performance Support Leggings have seemed to, across the board,
have a lot of trouble holding up to wash and wear.

They are raved about and loved by so many, but we can’t fully recommend them because we haven’t been able to figure out what it is that causes them to pill and fade. That being said, they are the most comfortable maternity leggings you will find.

— Click Here To View The Blanqi Belly Lift And Support Maternity Leggings —

TIP: It doesn’t prevent the pilling entirely, but trying washing the Blanqi leggings turned wrong side out, inside a mesh garment bag. This seems to be the most effective way of warding off the wear and tear.

We are gonna recommend you try….

Because of the pilling Blanqi Belly Lift Leggings, we’re gonna give our official recommendation to the Leading Lady Maternity Support Leggings.

This is tricky, though, because we are going off of brand reputation more than the
reputation of these particular leggings. We dug around and couldn’t find hardly any reviews for these leggings, and I just had my baby, so I can’t try them out myself, but as soon as I can get a friend to wear them for a couple months of a pregnancy, I’ll get our own personal review up.

That all being said, Leading Lady is a dependable brand and they put a lot of science into how they created these leggings with low back support, breathable material, and opacity that allows them to be more of a pant and less of an undergarment.

A legging that holds up to almost daily wear and provides low back support is a dream come true! Let us know how they hold up for you, too, so we can build your experiences into this review!

— Click Here To Buy Leading Lady Maternity Support Leggings —

Best Pregnancy Shapewear For Everyday Use

The everyday shapewear needs to combine practicality and comfort. It needs to wash well, breathe well, not roll or wad, and last for a good amount of use.

It needs to provide enough support to help with daily comfort, while not being as suffocating as the full body smoother piece that you would wear for photos or weddings.

The go-to for many women (go figure) is the Motherhood Secret Fit Shaping Panty. While being a basic, over the tummy, seamless short, they do a good job streamlining the shape of your sides and thighs and prevent the bulges that normal underwear cause.

These only provide marginal support, as they’re designed more to smooth and erase lines than to support your tummy but they will help with posture and centering your weight. They are also optimal for wearing underneath dresses to prevent your thighs from chafing and sweating.
—Click here to view the Motherhood Secret Fit Shaping Panty —
Motherhood is traditionally respected as a good company with good customer service. You’re not likely to be disappointed with their products or their treatment of you. They stay current, use soft, quality materials and have a lot of products that will make you feel pretty and pampered.

(If you haven’t invested in some of their basic cotton maternity panties, they are the best thing ever for sleeping.)

 

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Joanna is a mommy to 4 littles: a 1st grader, 3 year old twins, and a baby girl born in 2016.

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