Bye-Bye Mommy Pouch

May 29, 2012

SpanxMarin Mommies presents a guest post by fashion stylist and mom Katie Rice Jones.

The last thing you want to be asked just after giving birth is, “When are you due?” No one who was just pregnant wants to still look pregnant. However for a short while during post, you still do. The key to limiting the annoying question above is to diminish what I call the “mommy pouch” (residual baby weight that collects around your waistline) with the right clothing and shape wear. Here’s what I recommend.

Camouflage the pouch with clothing…

  • Sleeved wrap. This must-have piece can be fashioned over ten ways to disguise the belly. Plus it poses as an elegant breastfeeding drape. Find it at DKNY.com
  • Long boyfriend cardigan. Wear it oversized and unbuttoned so not to stretch over your tummy. Layer your ‘cardy’ with a dark colored tee and pair with black leggings. Find it at GAP.com
  • Fitted vest. Hunt for a vest fitted enough to ‘corset’ you in.
  • Princess seamed jacket. The princess seaming detail nips-in and defines your waistline.
  • Fitted black separates. Dark, same colored separates worn together distract eyes from your belly and create an overall slim look. Find it at WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com
  • Bold patterned top – Blouses with pattern interplay help camouflage tummy. Find it at Anthropology.com
  • Wide waistband lounge pants or leggings. Comfy pants with a wide waistband help curb the pouch. Find it at Lululemon.com.
  • Wide elastic belt. A wide, stretchy belt worn on top of your blouse and around the widest zone of the pouch conceals, smoothes, and cinches.

Compress the pouch with shape wear…

  1. Compression band. An abdominal compression band gets to work right after the birth of your baby by compressing your bloated tummy. Try BellyBandit.com.
  2. Nursing Cami. A cami with a built-in nursing bra and tummy panel works nicely for baby and mommy. Try Yummie Tummie’s nursing tank top.
  3. Belly band. That same little band you wore during pregnancy to hold-up your unbuttoned jeans is back to lend a hand. Pull-out your Bellaband when you want minor compression and major smoothing. Try IngridandIsabel.com.
  4. High-waisted panty. Rediscover your hourglass look when you wear a super comfortable, light and “undie-tectable’ high-waisted bikini panty. Try Spanx.com.
  5. After nine months of an indiscernible waistline, let these dressing recommendations help you regain your shape, instantly. Now is the time to wave bye-bye to your mommy pouch and say hello to your waistline.

Katie Rice Jones is a fashion stylist who specializes in mom and mom-to-be makeovers. She is currently writing her first maternity fashion book titled, Fashion DUEs & DUEN’Ts. Schedule a fashion consultation with Katie at www.KatieRiceJones.com or follow her @BumpStylist.