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Postpartum Recovery Support Garment

Postpartum Recovery Support Garment

These postpartum girdles are FDA-listed medical devices designed by healthcare professionals for new moms to aid in both C-section and natural birth wound healing and help recovery by stabilizing joints, reducing pain, and increasing mobility.

  • Reduces swelling and postpartum bleeding
  • Stabilizes the core to improve posture
  • Seamless and comfortable under clothing


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What Is a Postpartum Compression Garment?Motif-Postpartum-Compression-Garment-Display-2-600x900

A postpartum recovery support garment is sometimes confused with shapewear garments like a corset, waist trainer, belly belt, or abdominal binder. The difference is that a postpartum recovery garment is a medical device designed to provide real health benefits as your body restores itself after childbirth. Body shapers are designed to squeeze your core into a smooth silhouette temporarily. A postpartum girdle is meant to support and align your healing postpartum body so your core muscles can regain strength more quickly. It helps reduce postpartum swelling and bleeding as well.

Eligible for coverage through your health insurance, unlike body shapers and corsets
Breathable, high waist girdle with adjustable shoulder straps designed to be worn seamlessly under clothing
Provides gentle, medical grade compression to your entire midsection, extending from thighs to upper abdominal area

postpartum-garment-model-768x512Why You Might Need a Postpartum Compression Garment

The core muscles need extra support and TLC in the first few weeks postpartum as they begin to slowly heal after delivery. Your ligaments and connective tissue that stretched out and loosened up during pregnancy are beginning to shrink and firm up. Your organs and abdominal muscles are settling back into their pre-pregnancy positions. Medical grade compression helps support all of this hard work your body is doing, without placing additional pressure on the pelvic floor. As you adjust to motherhood, your new daily routine can take a toll on your body and a postpartum girdle can help stabilize joints, reduce swelling, and improve mobility. It also provides the back support needed to encourage moms to stand and sit straight, avoiding a hunched back so common when breastfeeding and caring for a newborn.

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When the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which helps to stabilize the pelvis, loosens to allow the hips to widen in preparation for childbirth, it can cause lower back pain and discomfort. This pain often persists into the postpartum period, before the joints and muscles have had a chance to fully stabilize. Keeping good posture can be difficult in this period of reduced core strength and stability. Wearing a high-quality postpartum support garment has been shown to help moms maintain good posture, providing abdominal support, aligning the lower back properly and combatting back pain. As you start resuming some of your daily activities, the postpartum recovery support garment is a wonderful back support aid to help you establish good movement habits, including sitting and standing with proper spine alignment.

MotifMedical_Nov2019_087-600x900Diastasis Recti Recovery

Diastasis Recti (DR) is a very common condition that occurs when the abdominal muscles that run along the middle of the abdomen separate during pregnancy. There is a thin line of connective tissue, the linea alba, between the two rows of muscle which relaxes and stretches which allows the muscles to pull apart to make space for an expanding uterus. In many cases, the condition will resolve itself naturally as the linea alba tightens up and pulls the muscles back into place during the first few weeks postpartum. New moms can benefit from a little extra support to help this process along. In the case of persistent DR that lasts beyond six weeks postpartum, the weakened state of the core can cause pain, discomfort, and instability.

  • For all moms post-pregnancy, even those who don’t experience DR, it’s important to build the core muscles up again.
  • Medical grade compression provides back support, stabilizes the core to improve posture, and helps to guide your abdominal muscles back together.




C-Section RecoveryMOTIFQ

For moms who give birth via cesarean delivery, healing from major surgery while also caring for a newborn can be especially challenging. Postpartum compression can be an invaluable tool to help speed recovery while protecting and providing external support to the cesarean scar during the first few long days and nights of parenting. It’s normal for C-section incisions to hurt when coughing, laughing, or when baby is positioned over the area during breastfeeding, but a postpartum recovery garment can help provide protection in the first few weeks postpartum when your body is especially sensitive.

  • Motif Medical’s postpartum girdle features a side zipper that makes it easier to pull on and off without ever having to drag directly across the C-section incision.
  • Unlike postpartum belly wraps and belly bands sometimes provided to C-section moms in the hospital, the Motif garment does not bunch in awkward places or sit uncomfortably high or low on the incision site.



Postpartum-Lifestyle-2-768x512When To Wear The Postpartum Support Garment

Postpartum compression garments that provide pelvic floor support (again, not shapewear garments, waist trainers, abdominal binders, or postpartum corsets) can be worn at two weeks after your baby is born until up to four months postpartum, whether you’re a first time mom or have gone through childbirth multiple times. It’s a good idea to wear your postpartum support garment as you are up and about caring for and feeding your newborn, doing housework, walking, and any time you need extra back support. Unlike post pregnancy belly wraps or postpartum recovery belts, a true postpartum recovery garment will provide support to your entire midsection, not just to the belly.

Maternity Compression Free Through Insurance

Motif Maternity Compression are FDA-listed medical devices designed to provide support and relief for pregnant and new moms. These garments may be covered by your insurance. Here’s how you find out.

  1. Use Motif’s Insurance Lookup Tool to look up your insurance and state.
  2. Get matched up with a  medical supplier that carries Motif Compression and covers your insurance.
  3. Click their link and fill out their qualify form. Their reps will get in touch with any additional information they need.
  4. Receive your garments in the mail!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

A. Motif’s C-section garment features a side zipper, which allows C-section moms to put it on without dragging the fabric across the incision site. This protects the incision site from friction during breastfeeding and normal daily activities, and assists in wound healing. With a natural birth garment, there are no side zipper or fasteners. You just step into the garment, pull it up and and adjust the shoulder straps if needed. Unlike postpartum belly wraps and belly bands that wrap around the waist and secure with velcro, both natural birth and C-section postpartum support garments extend to support the entire midsection, including thighs and abdominal muscles. This provides far more comprehensive support than a recovery belly wrap or belly band, which only compresses the waist and has the effect of placing unnecessary pressure on the pelvic floor. The split-crotch design makes it easier to use the restroom, and the crotch panel protects and supports episiotomy tears as well.

A. Motif maternity compression garments are available in a wide range of sizes, from extra small through plus sizes. Simply have your pre-pregnancy pants size, current waist measurement, and and current hips measurement handy, then consult the Motif Maternity Compression size guide to find the right fit.

A. Body shapers are not meant to provide lasting change and benefit to your body, only to be a temporary fix to smooth out your midsection and make you look slimmer in clothing. The ultimate goal of postpartum compression is to provide you with additional abdominal support you need to aid in your body’s natural healing process and reduce swelling. A medical grade compression garment is an all-natural way to help you get back on your feet, acting as a supportive device to support all the work your body is doing post-pregnancy. Click here for more information on how Motif’s postpartum recovery support garment is different from shapewear, postpartum belly bands, and support belts.

A. A postpartum support garment should gently squeeze but not be painful. You should not feel pain or tingling or as if any of your internal organs are being displaced. When a compression garment is a good fit, you should be able to keep breathing easily, including taking deep breaths. You should be able to sit, stand, and walk as you normally would. Wearing medical grade compression should never make your skin hurt, make you feel lightheaded or cause chest pains. The postpartum support garment should not make your pelvic floor feel too heavy or tired. The pelvic floor is one of the areas that has been relaxed and stretched during pregnancy, and it’s in a weakened state following childbirth. You will want to avoid placing too much pressure here.

Because a postpartum support garment provides compression to your uterus, and because it’s often worn by new moms when they begin resuming daily activities, there may be a noticeable increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal. However, discharge should not resume at the same heavy level you experienced in the first few days after delivery. As always, contact your health care provider if you have any concerns.

Click here for more information on how to tell whether or not your postpartum support garment is too tight.

A. All new moms will have some separation of the abdominal muscles post-pregnancy, but they may not be diagnosed with DR. The body is adept at healing itself, and often the condition resolves. But for those who have abdominal separation that persists, there are exercises and treatments, including compression, that can significantly help. For instructions on how to check yourself for DR, and how to move around safely if you do have a sizable gap between your abdominal muscles, click here or consult with your healthcare provider.

A. Yes! You can machine or hand wash your postpartum recovery garment in warm water. Do not tumble dry.



Made with lightweight and breathable fabric. 76% nylon, 24% spandex.


Silicone grips secure the garment to thigh and prevent it from riding up and adjustable shoulder straps keep the garment securely in place.


Snug and secure fit, without being uncomfortably tight.



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