Should You Try a Waist Trainer?

By now, you've probably seen some version of the latest fad on the market to help shape women's bodies into more desirable forms to be admired by the general public. (Oh, what's that? Too much sarcasm? My apologies.)

But even though waist trainers have been made popular by the likes of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Snooki, plenty of real-life moms have jumped on the waist-trainer bandwagon as well. 

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 wore a waist trainer after her fifth baby was born and raved about the results. “It didn't make me look much thinner,” she wrote in an essay, “But I wore the waist cincher for 40 days after my baby was born, and I can honestly say that the recovery from my fifth baby was quicker than any of my previous four.” Andersen also noted that at her six-week check-up, her diastasis recti had significantly improved as a result of wearing the waist trainer. 

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Hourglass Angel, which sells waist trainers and targets postpartum women, markets their “Cincher by Amia” waist trainer as a way to “sculpt” 1-4 inches off your waist:

“You'll feel confident and poised as you instantly sculpt 1-4 inches from your midsection while wearing it, improve your posture and enhance your curves,” they proclaim on their website. “You'll also increase thermal activity and perspiration in your core. (What??) Add time, plus a healthy diet and active lifestyle, and you’re going to love the edge Amia gives you toward reaching your goals. This cincher stays with you along the way: as your body slims, two columns of hook-and-eye closures allow the cincher to size down with you, ensuring a precision fit.”

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So what do moms have to say about waist trainers? One reviewer, who claimed to be two months postpartum, raved about her purchase. “My baby was born in the middle of May, and the Cincher by Amia has already got me back into my regular clothes (I've only been using it for 2.5 weeks now and have already gone into the second row of hooks),” she wrote. “Losing the baby weight is no longer my goal. With this product, I believe that I can get back to my high school shape once I begin to incorporate a workout routine. […] I am convinced that this is the best investment I have ever made! Forget the diet pills and secrets. This is the real deal.”

It sounds tempting, but bottom line, I think that when it comes to postpartum fitness, there aren't any real shortcuts to getting there. Yes, some sort of postpartum abdominal support isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you really want to “train” your waist, let's give postpartum mothers ample time to heal and recover their abs and real information on strength training for their core.

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Should You Try a Waist Trainer?

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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