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We tried the SKIMS maternity line—here’s what we thought

Thank you, Kim K, for thinking of all of us pregnant and postpartum people.

Skims Maternity Line

I've been pregnant multiple times, and every time all I wanted was comfort and support as my belly grew. Comfort because I was so tired (and rightfully so, considering I was growing brains and fingers and eyes) and support because by the end of the nine months, your belly gets mega heavy. Like I want a little shelf under my belly at all times kinda heavy.

When I found out SKIMS, the famous undergarment brand by even more famous founder Kim Kardashian West, was launching a maternity line, I was excited. I'm not currently pregnant but after carrying twins less than a year ago (and measuring 47 weeks pregnant the day I delivered!) I know how hard pregnancy can be on your body.

Given that Kim has gone through uncomfortable pregnancies herself, I had high hopes that this line would be everything I ever dreamed of. Thankfully, I have a coworker who is pregnant with her third child and was willing to try all of these for us to review. I also got to review some items from their regular shapewear line on my six-month postpartum body.





Of course, like everything Kim Kardashian West touches, the line's announcement was received with backlash from some who argue that pregnant people don't need shapewear and should embrace their growing belly. Support, however, does not mean compression, and that's the key point of this line. Unlike other shapewear garments from the brand, the maternity collection offers support with a thinner material for the areas going over the belly allowing for less back pain, less pelvic floor issues, fewer stretch marks and just general comfort.

So we put some of the items in the SKIMS new maternity collection to the test. Here's what we thought:


Maternity solution tight

SKIMS maternity solution tighs

I tried the SKIMS maternity solutionwear tights for the first time today—and it felt like wrapping my belly in a taut hug. I'm 26 weeks pregnant with my third baby, and I have a newfound appreciation for supportive undergarments in pregnancy, as they help my body cope with this rapidly expanding bump + the pelvic discomfort that is accompanying it this time around.

These footless tights are made of a high-quality, buttery fabric that's thin enough to not feel bulky like other support wear I've tried, but strong enough to offer a super-snug-feeling that makes my belly feel held up and supported. (At this point in pregnancy I sometimes catch myself physically lifting my belly up and holding it to let my body catch a quick break. These tights offered me a similar kind of consistent relief. The legs offered some light compression, as well, which I'm also quite into this pregnancy—it helps my legs feel rejuvenated + less drained.

There's a gummy strip across the top back seam that keeps the legging from rolling down off your belly—that is clutch for comfort and keeping the panel in place. Also! I was pleasantly surprised to find they have an opening that makes frequent pregnant peeing much more manageable.

A tip: Maybe consider sizing up, as I feel these do run SNUG.

- Jacqui

$68

Maternity sculpting brief

MATERNITY SCULPTING HIGH WAIST BRIEF

I also tested the Maternity sculpting high waist brief—these felt even more snugly fitted once up over the bump—maybe more of a sculpting feel. The fabric was equally lightweight, supportive and sleek.


- Jacqui

$34

Maternity nursing bra

MATERNITY NURSING SCULPTING BRA

This bra is both comfortable and supportive, which is ideal for engorged breasts both during pregnancy and postpartum. It comes with the well-known clips that allow for easy access to breasts whether you are breastfeeding or pumping. The fabric is soft which made my nipples super comfortable in it, unlike other breastfeeding bras I've tried in the past which are itchy and scratchy to an already very sensitive area of our bodies.

The bra gave my boobs a little more shape—much needed after feeding three babies—without them feeling constricted in it.

- Conz

$34

Maternity sculpting bodysuit

MATERNITY SCULPTING BODYSUIT MID THIGH

This bodysuit is ideal for those looking overall support and comfort. The straps are fully adjustable and just like the tights, it comes with an opening for easy access when running to the bathroom (it happens a lot, trust me on this one).

The fabric along the belly is soft and stretchy, allowing your bump to grow freely while also feeling supported. The fabric around the legs and butt is a little tighter, giving that sculpting look that many look for in the SKIMS line.

$64

Core control brief

CORE CONTROL BRIEF

I wanted to try these because although they are not part of the new maternity line, there are plenty of reviews on the brand's website from women who used them to recover from their C-sections. After having my twins I've been having major core issues (need to work on those lower abs ASAP) which in turn was giving me really bad lower back pain, and so wanted to see if these briefs could give me an extra hand during the day. And boy did they help!

These are shapewear, so not to be used during pregnancy as they are tight and snug on your body. It held everything super well while also allowing me to be comfortable chasing a toddler and tending to twin babies. Getting in and out of them to go to the bathroom requires a little bit of wiggling to get them on all the way up.

- Conz

$32

Smoothing brief

Smoothing brief

To say that my body is different now, after two pregnancies, is a total understatement. Although I'm not focused on the number on the scale anymore, I do wish I could get certain parts of my body to be back where they used to be. But of course, with no time to actually work out (thank you three under 3) and also being at least 10 years older than when I was when I thought I looked my best, I look for solution wear like these briefs.

They hold things in place and you cannot tell you're wearing them under your clothes. I shot an Instagram video of before and after and the replies to it were hilarious. It's like IRL photoshop, but in a subtle way.

- Conz

$26
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There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

Minimize smoke exposure.

Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at AirNow.gov. An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

Do your best to filter the air.

According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

"Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

"COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

Most importantly, don't panic.

In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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