Post pregnancy – to train or not to train

Woman holding baby's feet in her hands

The news has gone a bit crazy this week about Kylie Jenner promoting a ‘Snap Back’ waist training package, that allegedly she has used to get her pre-pregnancy shape back, less than two months after giving birth.

There’s some conflicting viewpoints out there, so here’s our view:

Is it dangerous to be waist training so soon after birth?

The use of a waist trainer (or trimmer like Kylie is using) does not need to be a danger to your body, as long as you understand how it works and not try to push your body too far. Yes, you might desire an hourglass shape, but that will take a lot of commitment and it is certainly not advisable to start training until at least three months after giving birth. You will need to wear your waist trainer for 6-8 hours per day, for at least a month.

Using a waist trainer or waist trimmer for support to your stomach area after giving birth is fine, although you should seek advice from a medical professional if you have an existing medical condition or needed surgery for your birth (it is not recommended to compress healing wounds)

The integrated boning within waist trainers and some waist trimmers will provide support for your back and posture, and can help to aid the healing process of your stomach muscles (in conjunction with a proper physio / exercise programme)

Should new mothers want to change their shape?

This is a very controversial one. There are those who will say that you should embrace your post-partum body, that it is proof of the amazing thing that you have just done (grown and birthed a baby)

That’s fine, but what if you feel self-conscious about your body or it is a factor in your post-natal depression? Using a waist trainer or trimmer, or indeed some nice shapewear, can help you to feel better about yourself and give you more confidence. In the early days and weeks after birth, this is a key concept.

Why does Kylie Jenner need any more money from advertising?

I don’t have an answer to this one! Maybe it wasn’t about the money though. Perhaps Kylie felt that she wanted to help other new mums to feel better about themselves? The elements included within the Snap Back package can all be used by themselves, or together, to help you embrace your body, whether you want to change its’ shape or not.

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