Hello OC blog readers! I’m super excited to be writing another blog for Orchard Corset- this time to share my journey through postpartum waist training.
I’ve been waist training for almost 3 years now and consider myself a pretty avid trainer. At my peak I wore my corset for about 8 hours a day, anywhere from three to five days a week (sometimes more if I was feelin’ it). I started my waist training in a size 24 corset in what I still consider my favorite Orchard Corset style, the CS-411. Over the next couple of years, between various CS-411’s and CS-426‘s, I managed to get my waist all the way down to 20 inches (fully cinched)….. Then I got pregnant.
Don’t get me wrong- I was thrilled! But as any avid waist trainer will tell you, it can feel hard to part with that kind of accomplishment. I gladly put my corsets aside once I found out I was expecting, knowing I would cinch back into my size 20 one day.
9 months flew by and on February 1st I had a beautiful baby girl! No one really tells you this, but just because you give birth does NOT mean that your pregnant looking belly goes away. I was holding my baby, looking down at a tummy that still looked like it was carrying twins! The smartest thing I did was pack my Vedette waist cincher in my hospital bag to help compress my uterus and subsequently my tummy back down. At first I couldn’t even clasp it shut but little by little I got it on. Once my cincher was on, my left-over baby bump went away pretty quickly- I also thought the pressure of the Vedette actually felt great!
After 6 weeks I had my first postpartum check up with my doctor and was given the ‘all clear’ to resume waist training. I had the motivation, I had the green light but I didn’t have a corset that fit me anymore. So I visited Orchard Corset and got remeasured. I’m now the proud owner of a CS-411 in a size 28 (it stings just a little to say that after you got to the point where you could close a size 20). While I usually go for satin because it’s easier to break in and to stealth, I decided this time to go for cotton which is easier to wipe clean. This was a pretty wise decision as my corset, at any given time, is adorned with cat hair, breastmilk and baby spit up…. Parenthood.
It’s been three weeks since I got my corset, and I’ve now completed my two week seasoning period for my new corset. If you are unfamiliar with seasoning I HIGHLY recommend checking watching the Orchard Corset video about seasoning.
So here I am: in a brand new corset, 2 sizes bigger than where I originally started, 8 sizes bigger than where I left off, baby on my hip, ready to begin all over again and share my postpartum waist training journey with you month by month in the hopes that it helps some of you mamas and soon-to-be mamas!
So I will see you back here in 4 weeks with a progress report and hopefully some waist shrinkage!