katy perry postpartum underwear

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Katy Perry recently gave birth to daughter Daisy Dove Bloom and she just shared the most perfect postpartum selfie to her Instagram Stories. She's wearing postpartum underwear while pumping and is serving 100% realness.

We are so here for this, Katy! For so long, celebrities were supposed to pretend that giving birth was no big deal and that bodies just magically transform back to their pre-pregnancy appearance within days. But it's 2020 and we've been busting the "bounce back" myth for years and love to see a high profile mama being real about how hard postpartum recovery actually is!


Katy Perry is confidently rocking postpartum underwear and a pumping bra and we love to see it.

It's a reminder that society needs to acknowledge that bumps don't just disappear, bleeding can last for weeks and pumping is basically a full-time job. We need the world to know that so that mothers can get the support and time they need to heal.

Researchers suggest childbirth is as traumatic to the body as many endurance sports. But when athletes cross the finish line, people expect them to spend a few weeks recovering. Moms don't get the same grace in our society, and often don't even get the medical treatment they need.

As Diana Spalding, midwife and Motherly's Digital Education Editor and Birth Expert, has said, "You would never expect someone to clean their house a few days after having surgery, or to run errands when they are getting over the flu—so why do we expect ourselves to snap out of giving birth? Pregnancy and birth are not ailments, but they are the real deal. Be gentle on yourself, and allow your body to heal."

Too many moms don't get the time to heal, or are pressured into thinking that they should be "bouncing back" into their pre-pregnancy jeans way too early (or having sex too early—nearly a third of millennial moms are having postpartum sex before they feel ready).

It's pretty clear Perry's not super concerned about looking sexy for Orlando Bloom right now (although he might be into this look) because her underwear is more about function than fashion these days.

We tracked down her mom-semble which you can shop below along with some of our personal favorites for postpartum recovery.

Medela easy expression bustier

medela hands free pumping bra

Not entirely dissimilar from some of the creative outfits we've seen Perry wear on stage, this is functional mamawear at its finest. Designed to make double pumping while multitasking simple and comfortable, this bandeau-style bra leaves your arms and hands free while you pump. And with a 4.3 star review, it's high on the must-have list for pumping mamas.


Frida Mom disposable underwear

Frida Mom disposable underwear

The kindest of nurses will hand you a pile of mesh underwear to stash in your bag before you bust out of the hospital. But no need to ration them. Frida Mom's disposable, C-section recovery-friendly disposable underwear have you, well, covered. Super-stretchy and breathable, they come in a package of eight and are ideal for those first days postpartum.


Belly Bandit c-section recovery briefs

Belly Bandit c-section recovery briefs

If disposable undies aren't your thing or you're thinking a little longer term, these high-waisted C-section recovery briefs are awesome. They feature silver-infused fibers help eliminate bacteria and odor and feel soft and gentle against your incision.


Proof leak proof undies

proof leak proof undies

From postpartum bleeding to monthly periods, we're loving the Proof Lace Cheeky panty which combines powerful leak protection with a style that feels like real undies. Their patented Leak-Loc™ system makes them one of the best performing protective panties we've found.


Bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Wireless, breathable and supportive, yet soft enough to sleep in, this nursing bra checks all the boxes. Easy to release clips make negotiating a squirmy baby and full boobs a breeze. (Well, as much as possible, anyway.)


Mother Tucker compression tank

Mother Tucker compression tank

Wireless comfort for your breasts, easy access for nursing and flexible support for your postpartum belly and back. You can totally tell this is a tank top designed for and by breastfeeding moms. It's perfect for keeping your belly comfortably covered while whipping the goods right out the top.


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My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

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Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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