Does anyone plan to wear any shape wear (like control pants) post birth? Did you wear it in your previous pregnancies? Did it help? How soon did you put them on post-birth? Any recommendations on brand/type?
I tried, but certainly for the first few weeks I needed undies that could be whipped off in an instant owing to the completely disturbed bowel/bladder sensations meaning that urgent bathroom dashes were necessary! No one tells you that bit...
I then tried again after my 6 week check as I had an event that I was hoping I could fit into a nice dress for. Just ended up looking like a stuffed sausage, not nice. After that I ceased caring. I don't think there's any need, unless you find them comfy. Larger pants are meant to be better if you have a section scar so they cover it completely and dont rub while its healing I think. I just stuck to my trusty M&S bikinis in the end.
I bought a belly bandit but after giving birth I had a bit of a bladder prolapse and wearing anything tight felt like it was pushing on it and made it painful to walk, or do pretty much anything. It's getting better now but its almost seven weeks on so I dont know how much it would help to wear it now. I can't imagine anything will improve my massive floppy stomach now!
I got it off ebay, it cost me about £17, I was very lucky since they usually go for more than that even second hand. It was the first time I've been glad to be fat actually, slimmer people often have to buy two or three sizes so they can go down them as their stomach shrinks. The lady I bought it from said she'd only worn it for a week.
My friend bought a much cheaper version, also from ebay but brand new, and the only difference was that it was slightly narrower and the material felt a bit cheaper. It would have done exactly the same job. So if you're thinking about trying it, I wouldn't bother forking out for a real one! She says it "might have helped a bit," but she's skinny as anything anyway so pretty much pinged back into shape as soon as she'd given birth
Bear in mind that you'll need to wear big brick like maternity pads for 2-3weeks post birth as you'll have a lot of Lochia (like a very wet period) So would think the girdle/band might work, but control pants would be a PITA