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postpartum prerequisites {SPANX}

featherweight firmers spanx slip

If a few pairs of over-the-belly SPANX are a must have for pregnancy, then a couple open-bust body shapers are a prerequisite for postpartum.  Even if you didn’t gain extra weight, that belly needs a minute to snap back into its pre-pregnancy condition…maybe quite a few minutes.  Life is now continuing around you and you have to make appearances, in public, with your postpartum self.  Know what eased my transition the most?  SPANX.

My love affair with SPANX is a rather new thing, starting last fall.  I previously had scoffed at such a product and was unwilling to entertain the idea.  I was in pretty awesome physical shape, no bulges to smoosh down and nothing I wanted to slim.  (Have I just lost a lot of readers??)  I’m just saying, I don’t think I was the target audience.  And then I found myself pregnant.  Things were growing and I was increasingly becoming uncomfortable with my shape.  I felt some of my clothing just wasn’t laying smoothly like it should (totally the clothes’ fault and not the few extra pounds). Enter, SPANX.

SPANX had this incredible effect on me…I believe I first described it as a full body hug.  Everything felt tight again, including my baby belly, and my clothing just looked better, meaning I felt better.  Now, 7 weeks post delivery, I’ve found myself in the same boat as that mid-pregnancy woman.

I’m much easier on myself this second go around.  I know what to expect and I’ve put less pressure on myself to bang out my hardcore fitness routine of yore.  As my son has started to sleep more through the night though, I have as well, and this has led to me easing back into my routine.  Now I’m in a new cycle of P90X and I’m training for a 5K happening in a week and a half, but those first 6 weeks I lived in SPANX.  Okay, I still live in SPANX…

I knew I wanted an open-bust shaper to wear under my dresses, since I wear a lot of dresses (because I don’t dare try my jeans).  I wanted something lightweight, soft and easy to wear.  My prayers were answered in the form of the Featherweight Firmers Open-Bust Body Slip.  This slip is magical and is so versatile.  The length is awesome, fitting under every dress and skirt I own, the top featuring an adjustable strap.  The open bust allows you to wear it with any bra while giving a little boost.  Being the lightest-weight of all the collections, the Featherweight Firmers are positively silky.  I mean, I could just lay around in it.

The slip smoothes everything from the under-bust to the thighs, giving me just the right amount of slimming effect.  It does sort of hold your legs together, which I quickly learned to love (great for walking in heels).  For convenience and comfort, there is a built in panty with a hook and eye closure.  Surprisingly, the slip stays in place due to the very thoughtful design.

featherweight firmers spanx slip

The most wonderful everyday SPANX is the Trust Your Thinstincts Tank, a mock open-bust wonder.  This tank feels like an open-bust but actually has non-compression light bust coverage, which smoothes but doesn’t smoosh.  LOVE!  It has wide straps to cover your bra, a high back, scooping neck and a wide band at the bottom to hold the tank in place.  The back is pretty high, which offers coverage but also can limit what you wear this tank under.  It is super soft, made from a microfiber that flattens and slims the tummy, leaving behind a really tight midsection.  For all this firming you would think the tank would be uncomfortable, like a corset, but it isn’t.  It really is like a second skin…and that is really the point of the Trust Your Thinstincts collection.

trust your thinstincts spanx tank

And then there is the Undie-tectable collection, in which I am obsessed with the High-Waisted Mid-Thigh number.  These are incredible and reach from under-bust to mid thigh, smoothing, slimming and firming everything on the way down.  While this pair has a tummy-targeted zone that truly “whittles the middle”, it also eliminates any muffin top or extra thigh shake you may have.  I love the length of these Undie-tectables as I can wear them under most dresses and skirts without being detected.  The near full body length also ensures there will be no need for adjusting throughout the day.  These stay put!

undie-tectables mid thigh spanx

There are many reasons to wear SPANX,  Maybe you are pregnant, maybe you are newly not pregnant, maybe you have a few extra pounds, or maybe you just need a hug.

Product was provided by SPANX to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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