Recovery at its most glamorous.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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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