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2019 Best After-Baby Shapewear and Comression Leggings

Figure8Moms Guide to the Best After-Baby Shapewear and Compression Leggings 2019

Leggings are the most versatile after-baby transitional pant when you find your maternity pants are too big and your pre-pregnancy pants are too tight. In come compression leggings - wonderful wardrobe marvels that give a little bit of nip and tuck to the tummy and a gentle squeeze to energize your legs. You don’t have to be a mom to fall in love with compression leggings. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll wonder how you ever got on without them.

How are shapewear leggings different from regular leggings?

Shapewear leggings are designed to be flattering. They feature targeted compression to smooth and sculpt your body. Shapewear leggings give you tummy control, lift your butt and slim your legs.

Is there a difference between shapewear leggings and compression leggings?

Yes! Technically speaking, there is a difference. While in women’s wear (and in this guide), shapewear leggings are interchangeably called “compression leggings,” the distinction should be made that in sportswear, “compression leggings” refers to athletic performance leggings. Athletic compression leggings are usually much tighter than shapewear leggings and are designed to optimize bloodflow and support muscles during intense physical exercise. The compression leggings featured in this guide are not athletic performance leggings. Their main purpose is body sculpting. Our shapewear leggings offer targeted compression in the tummy and rear and gentle compression to slim and energize your legs.

Can I wear shapewear leggings all day?

Yes! Wear them as you would normal leggings. Our compression leggings are designed to be comfortable for all day wear. They give you full freedom of movement and keep up with all your daily activities. Can I wear compression leggings while I’m pregnant? We don’t recommend wearing compression leggings during pregnancy. Check out our maternity leggings guide for our recommendations on great leggings to wear during pregnancy. There are styles that offer belly and back support specially for pregnant bodies.

Do shapewear leggings eliminate the need for shapewear?

Shapewear leggings are designed to be worn alone, without additional shapewear. They provide light to moderate generalized support. They don’t take the place of post-partum belly bands and binders which give firm, targeted support intended to help you recover from pregnancy and birth. See our Post-Pregnancy Guide for more information on after-baby recovery.

Best Overall Seamless Shapewear Legging

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
COMPRESSION
COVERAGE
WAIST Ultra High Waistband
TARGETS Tummy Rear Thighs
FABRIC: Medium weight seamless fabric with slight sheen
88% Nylon; 12% Spandex
INSEAM: ∼24"
FIT NOTE: True to size
Also available in Capri Length
Available in Black, Dark Heather Grey, and Steel Grey
WHY WE LOVE IT: For ultimate core control, these Belly Bandit’s Mother Tucker® Compression Leggings offer the firmest compression in our collection, and also the highest waist. The ultra high waistband smoothes away any muffin top and keeps you covered while nursing. You get an energizing 360° compression from these leggings from your waist down through your thighs. The Mother Tucker® Compression Leggings series comes in many colors and also a capri length. For a thicker, more opaque version, try Mother Tucker® Moto Compression Leggings.

Best Everyday Cotton Shapewear Legging

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
COMPRESSION
COVERAGE
WAIST Falls slightly above Belly Button
TARGETS Tummy Rear Legs
FABRIC: Medium weight cotton matte finish
88% Cotton; 12% Elastane
INSEAM: ∼25"
FIT NOTE: True to size
Also available in Skimmer
WHY WE LOVE IT: We found a winning combination in this legging’s soft stetch cotton and 360? smoothing compression. Yummie’s Rachel Cotton Control Legging is incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the day and even for a work out. It’s probably the most comfortable warm weather compression legging. Yummie’s special 2-ply waistband gives you extra hold and coverage in the tummy.

Best Active Shapewear Seamless Legging

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
COMPRESSION
COVERAGE
WAIST High Waistband
TARGETS Tummy Legs
FABRIC: Moisture wicking, Medium weight seamless fabric with slight sheen, and ribbed detail along side of leg
76% Polyester, 24% Spandex
INSEAM: ∼25"
FIT NOTE: True to size
WHY WE LOVE IT: Boob Design’s Soft Support After-Baby Sports Leggings are truly made for working out, but they are so comfortable that we have been wearing them all the time. Designed with a high 2-ply waistband for solid post-baby tummy support. After you take them off, your legs and tummy feel like they have been through a workout. Made in Italy, from recycled polyamide, this is a high-quality sustainable choice. The extra touches like the ribbed detailing along the side of the leg and a lace pattern behind the knees for ventilation really make this a standout legging.