What To Wear After Giving Birth? [Advice For All Occasions]

After the baby is born, you will still have to deal with a few extra pounds,  meaning that returning to your pre-pregnancy clothes can be difficult. 

So, what should you wear after giving birth to combine style with comfort?

Here is my advice:

What To Wear After Giving Birth

After giving birth, the desire that prevails among all new mothers is to try to wear their own pre-pregnancy clothes immediately. 

But the truth is that the shape of the pelvis has changed, the belly is still prominent, and you are still carrying a few pounds from your pregnancy.


Therefore, it is important to make smart purchases and focus on clothing items that can make you feel more feminine while remaining comfortable.

For example, there are shirts with a double neckline, which allow you to breastfeed easily. 

The ideal would be to find pretty ones, in chenille and blue, burgundy, pearl gray, to combine with stretch jeans of the same color, to slim the silhouette and be comfortable in movement and breastfeeding.

However, if you have just had a c-section, it is better to wear dresses and soft garments on the abdomen, or skirts with an elasticated band, to be combined with maxi wool vests.

Other clothing items you can wear after giving birth:

  • jersey blouses with buttoning, or tunic models, to be worn outside the trousers;
  • top for nursing or top with crossed neckline
  • dressing gown-style blouses, to be kept open or tied at the waist
  • a pair of maxi dresses (in spring/summer) with side slits, to be worn with flat sandals
  • a crisscross minicardigan
  • a pair of soft chenille trousers with drawstring at the waist, possibly combined with a hoodie
  • culotte pants (wide leg, cropped)
  • sweaters with long central zip
  • a flared dress with an empire cut or crossed at the waist
  • long cardigan to match the dress
  • colored cardigan long to the buttock or just below (depends on the silhouette)
  • soft faux leather jacket
  • low heel ankle boots
  • dark and light sneakers
  • shoulder bags 
  • Parka-like coat , with hood, pockets and closures, or hooded or poncho models.

What Type Of Underwear To Wear After Giving Birth?

The best underwear to wear after giving birth is postpartum panties, combined with postpartum pads.

That’s because postpartum panties do not absorb, and they always need postpartum pads to contain and retain leaks, thus avoiding staining.

But why not use the classic underpants and put on a common sanitary pad? 

The reason is that blood loss after childbirth is really copious and difficult to contain by classic models with or without wings.

However, the blood flow is variable: some new mothers lose a small amount of blood, while others lose more. 

For this reason, it is necessary to wear something that can provide an excellent feeling of comfort and protection.

Types Of Postpartum Panties

There are several types of postpartum panties available: 

1. Mesh panties

The postpartum mesh panties are usually disposable, although there are also washable, therefore reusable, types. 

Generally they are one size and in stretch fabric so as to be able to adapt to the shapes of each individual woman. 

2. Slip with containment sheath

For those looking for greater protection and a sense of containment for their belly, there are briefs with a containment and shaping band

These are usually in breathable and stretch fabric and are in any case without postpartum absorbent.

3. Postpartum absorbent panties

Absorbent panties are the most hygienic ones. 

They look like panties but are actually pads to put on like panties but able to contain leaks.

What’s The Best Bra To Wear After Giving Birth?

After giving birth, you may want to consider buying breastfeeding bras to breastfeed your baby on the go easily.

But there are different types, from those with underwire to padded ones, in addition to the classic models in fresh and breathable 100% cotton.

Choose The Right Materials

The most breathable, fresh, and natural fabric is certainly cotton, widely used on clothing and lingerie. 

In pharmacies, as well as in any health care store, the vast majority of nursing bras are made of cotton. 

In addition, the most prevalent color is white, followed by nude, and, in some cases, it is possible to find some black models.

However, in recent years, the brands that deal with the production of lingerie for new mothers who are breastfeeding have produced bras that are more aesthetically beautiful, even in different materials, including microfibre. 

Choose The Right Type

There are models of breastfeeding bras that are more feminine, aesthetically more beautiful, and decorated with embroidery.

You don’t have to stick to just the classic white, nude and black, and plain patterns!

In addition, you have the choice to go for push-up and underwired nursing bras.

1. Nursing bras with underwire

Stressing a nursing breast is not advisable. 

Nonetheless, someone who is used to wearing an underwire bra underneath their clothes will probably want to do it while breastfeeding as well. 

There are not many models on the market, precisely because the demand is low, but if you still want to have one in your lingerie drawer to feel at the top, know that with a little research and attention, you can find what you need.

2. Push-up and padded bras

If you are looking to enjoy a night out, you can wear something more glamorous which goes well with a push-up and padded nursing bras. 

Wearing a bra with pre-shaped cups will help you feel more confident.

3. Cotton bras

Cotton bras are highly recommended while breastfeeding. 

This is the most hygienic material that can be worn at any time and will allow you to enjoy comfort and support.

4. Embroidered bras

Although in cotton, it is possible that the nursing bra is still embellished with light embroideries, such as lace inserts, to provide a sophisticated touch.


Giving birth is tough, so you should never feel like giving up comfort for style.

Combining both is the best thing to do until you can gradually move towards a wider variety of options.