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Sadly, baby bellies don't necessarily disappear just because the baby is out. Post-delivery, many women are left with a postpartum pooch or other less-than-toned reminders of pregnancy. To help you look like the best version of you, however far past delivery you are, we tried on tons of postpartum shapewear to find the best remedies for post-baby jiggle. We found a range of options to control everything from bums to thighs and upper arms--and of course, the mummy tummy.
Yummie Tummie Chiffon Tier Top
Slimming and sexy, this top allows you to keep the fact that you're wearing shapewear a secret. With the Yummie Tummie three-panel system hidden on the inside, only you will know that you've got some help to look like one hot mama. Available in white, black, and navy, sizes XS to XL.
Jeggings are no longer just for stick-thin girls--these ones actually help transform wearers into skinny girls (at least while they're on), thanks in part to a belly-flattening panel tucked inside. The dark indigo wash is super-flattering, and the comfy, stretchy waistband and relatively high rise (10 inches) can be forgiven for how flat they help make a post-baby belly (just layer on a longer top). Note: the sizing runs a bit big and you want them to be tight, so if you're between sizes, order down instead of up. Sizes 2 to 16.
Spanx High-Waisted Tight-End Convertible Leggings
From the company whose name is synonymous with shapewear, these convertible leggings start just below the bra line, preventing any muffin top at the waist while slimming the tummy, hips, thighs, and bum; the leggings can be worn at the ankle or under the heel. A cotton double gusset allows for easier trips to the bathroom, if you're cool with skipping undies for the day. Available in black, midnight (navy), bittersweet (dark brown), and charcoal; sizes A to G (see size chart for specifics).
Glamourmom Nursing Bra Tummy Control Long Tank
From the maker of our fave nursing camis, this latest addition to the line might just be a nursing mama's new BFF. Offering the same ease of use, discrete openings, and flattering length as their other long tanks, it also rocks a built-in, inner layer support panel, allowing you to show off a slimmer version of yourself without waiting for nursing to shed those pregnancy pounds. Available in black, sizes S to XL.
Hard Tail Yoga Pant
Although not expressly shapewear, these yoga pants trim tummies just the same, with their fold-over waistband that camouflages like crazy. Some moms live in these for several months post-baby; later, they make you feel cute when you're ready to get back to the gym. Note: these pants run long (32.5-inch inseam), so shorter mamas may need to have them hemmed. Available in a range of colors, sizes XS to L.
Sassybax Armed & Dangerous
Despite all of the lifting and carrying that comes with motherhood, sometimes the backs of our arms just don't seem to get the message that they should be totally toned by now. Fortunately, this top helps upper arms look slimmer, as well as offering moderate torso compression to help the rest of your body look sleeker too. Available in nude, black, white, and red, sizes S to XL.
Vedette Full Body Shaper
This is a serious, special-occasion shaper, offering very firm (read: zero jiggle) control for the tummy, back, and thighs. It fits under the bra line, allowing access to "the girls" for nursing moms. The straps are adjustable, and it comes with an open cotton gusset (which you'll appreciate, given how challenging it would be to remove this thing in a restroom). Available in buff, sizes 3XS to 3XL.
Lipo in a Box Bodysuit
Soft and comfy, this shaper helps to slim mama's midriff with a light level of compression. Easy-to-use hook-and-eye closures at the crotch make it easy to hit the loo without stripping down, and the built-in underwire allows wearers to avoid the dreaded bra bulge. Bonus: all products come in a mesh bag to keep them safe in the wash. Available in nude and black, sizes XS to 3X.
Slimpressions Tanks a Little
Also available in a version with sleeves, nursing mamas will love this seamless tank that makes accessing a nursing bra a snap. This tank helps to smooth back fat, slim bellies, and tame muffin tops with moderate compression. The garment stretches all the way down to the hip bone, where a reinforced band helps it to stay in place, minimizing roll-ups. Available in black and nude, sizes 1 (XS/S) to 3 (L/XL).
Wacoal Get in Shape Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper
Reaching from just below the bra line to mid thigh, this shaper offers moderate control for the waist, mummy tummy, and thighs. The trimming panels outline your rear, giving the bum a boost instead of flattening it. An open gusset allows to easy trips to the restroom. Available in toast (nude) and black, sizes S to 3X.
Yummie Tummie Nursing T Tank
This nursing top with a belly panel helps new moms look as if they've magically lost pounds and inches. Its long length ensures full belly coverage and guarantees you'll only expose what you need to when you're nursing. It also comes with a built-in bra that can be accessed with one hand. It can be worn on its own or as a layering piece. Available in white, black, and nude, sizes XS to XL.
Spanx Chic Trim Halter Tankini
Shapewear isn't just for underneath your clothes anymore! You don't need to be afraid of revealing your postpartum body on the beach, thanks to slimming swimsuits like this one from Spanx. The feminine halter top draws attention to your impressive postpartum cleavage. Available in azure and black, sizes 4 to 18.
Donna Karan Body Perfect Level 2 Capri
Offering serious control from the waist down to mid-calf, these lightweight capris help to slim the belly and upper legs invisibly, thanks to the thin material and non-binding seamless edging. They're perfect for wearing under pants. Available in black and dark beige, sizes small to tall.
Hello! Skinny StellarJeans
These slimming jeans from Hello! Skinny are ideal for postpartum moms since they make you look a few pounds lighter as soon as you put them on. We're crazy about the dark indigo wash and the stretchy, thick denim that supports and doesn't sag. They come in a 33-inch inseam, in sizes 24-34. These StellarJeans run long, so you may need to hem. Also available in corduroy.
Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Compression Tank
Celebs like Bethenny Frankel and Julie Bowen love Belly Bandit products, and so do we. These compression tanks can be worn alone or underneath an outfit (but we prefer it as a base layer). It's long enough that it can be tucked in--and has an anti-roll bottom that will keep it from riding up. It's slimming, but not constricting. Nursing moms should make sure that the bust doesn't compress too much, especially in the scoop neck version. Available in black and nude, sizes S to XL.
Leonisa Countour Shaper
This boyshort-style shaper offers some serious compression--a butt lift combined with a tummy tuck! Warning: as you fasten the hook-and-eye closures before zipping up the front, do yourself a favor and do not look down; all that cinching isn't pretty, but the sight of yourself dressed with this underneath is. Comes with adjustable and convertible straps, and an open gusset. Available in black and nude, sizes XS to 3XL.
TC Even More Torsette
This top, which fits right underneath the bra line, helps to smooth and shrink the waistline--we easily fit into our just-a-bit-too-small jeans with its help. Its wide padded straps (which aren't adjustable but do stretch) didn't dig into shoulders, and the grippy texture on the inside of the waistband helps prevent roll-up. Available in black and nude, sizes S to 2XL.
Spanx Higher Power Brief
We love this super high-waisted brief, which offers moderate control across the middle without any rollover at the waist. It's short enough to allow for shorter hemlines (unlike lots of other shapewear that stretches to the mid-thigh or lower) and comes with a breathable all-cotton panty, Available in bare, black, and cocoa, sizes A to G.
Japanese Weekend Nursing Body Shaper Top
From one of our fave maternity and nursing lines comes a nursing tank with a bit of compression built right in. Made from nylon and spandex, this shirt is super comfy and holds everything in with light support. It can be worn on its own or as a layering piece. Available in nude and black, sizes XS to XL.
Kourtney Kardashian Limited Edition Belly Bandit
Celebs moms (like, yes, Kourtney Kardashian, who's been photographed wearing hers to the gym) swear by these. It's believed that an abdominal compression wrap like this, when worn steadily in the first several weeks postpartum, helps to provide constant pressure against the abdomen, helping to reduce uterine swelling, decrease bloating, flatten the post-baby jelly belly and improve your posture when nursing. Also available in original ($45.95), couture ($55.95), and bamboo ($65.95), sizes XS to XL.
Sassybax Butt-Boosting Shaper
Most moms we know could use an extra spring in their step--and this butt-boosting shaper (that lifts, rounds, and separates) can help to provide it. Meant to be worn either at the waist or below the navel, this shaper helps flatten bellies and trim thighs while improving your rear view. Available in nude and black, sizes S to 2X.
Vedette Body Suit with Bra
We were surprised to find that this shaper offered not only slimming power but some serious sex appeal. A miraculous hourglass shape appears as soon as you slip into this medium control body suit. Available in nude and black, cup sizes A through E, sizes 3XS to 3XL.
The Girls Tummy Control Boot Cut Pant
These tummy control yoga pants got rave reviews from our tester. Sturdy, comfortable, affordable and flattering, they'll give you added incentive to get back to the gym. Inseam is 30.5 inches. Available in white, black, heather gray, charcoal, brown, and navy, sizes XS to XL.
Spanx On Top and In Control Essential 3/4 Sleeve Bateau
If you're looking for just a wee bit of slimming and trimming help, this bateau top can help. Wearable alone or as a layering piece, it's best for moms who want comfortable, light control, instead of heavier-duty harnessing. Also comes in sleeveless, turtleneck, scoop and v-neck styles. Available in a range of neutral hues, sizes S to 3X.
ShaToBu High Waist Shaping Tight
Developed by a female chiropractor, ShaToBu is a shaper created with seamless resistance bands, designed to help wearers' muscles work a bit harder (and thus burn more calories). While they won't feel much different (if at all) from traditional shapewear, the company's product line underwent independent scientific testing at the University of Virginia, where it was determined to help burn up to 12% more calories during daily activities like walking or climbing stairs. And when trying to get back into those pre-pregnancy jeans, we'll gladly take any extra help we can get. Available in black, gray, and brown, sizes S to 2XL.
Donna Karan Body Perfect Level 1 Waist Embrace
Offering moderate control from high waist to mid-thigh, this shaper helps smooth silhouettes under clothes, and leaves new mamas bulge-free, even at the edges. Note: it does not have an open gusset, so you'll have to peel it down to do your business. Available in nude and black, sizes S to L.
Lipo in a Box High Waist Brief with Legs
Soft to the touch, but tough on bumps and bulges, this high waist brief with legs helps to flatten tummies without smushing tushies. The waist is high enough that it didn't roll down or need constant adjustment. Available in nude, chocolate and black, sizes XS to 3X.