What materials should you choose for your underwear during pregnancy and after childbirth?

Underwear suitable for pregnancy and childbirth

Irritations, dryness, mycosis, inflammation… all these small inconveniences are commonplace during pregnancy but also after childbirth. Unfortunately, while there are many brands that specialize in maternity underwear, few take into account the needs of your weakened mucous membranes. However, some materials are packed with properties that can help you feel comfortable in your body. v

Cotton maternity and maternity bed linen, the must-have

Cotton is THE indispensable natural material for underwear. Much more comfortable than synthetic fibers, breathable and odorless. It also prevents the risk of fungal infections, a common condition in pregnant women. However, cotton is far from the perfect material. Its production is already harmful to the environment, and although it accounts for only 3% of the world’s cultivated area, it is responsible for almost 25% of pesticide use. But cotton is not elastic either. Maternity wear is therefore mostly combined with synthetic materials, especially elastane. And wearing a cotton bra in the third trimester or while breastfeeding isn’t always comfortable and can lead to tightness as this material doesn’t perfectly conform to the shape of the breasts. If cotton isn’t really a ban fiber, always try clothes on before you buy and prefer organic cotton.

Bamboo fiber, the most environmentally friendly material

Bamboo fiber is a material that is on the rise! One of the most eco-friendly fibers – none is 100% – it is very soft, absorbent – on average four times more than cotton – and has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. An ultimate, especially after diapers! It is also thermoregulatory, which guarantees unparalleled comfort at all times. Despite this, many brands are surfing on this fashion for bamboo fiber. So before you buy underwear, make sure that it is bamboo fibers and not bamboo viscose, the manufacturing process of which can affect the properties in addition to the environmental impact.

Synthetic lingerie, good or bad idea?

If underwear made of synthetic fibers must be avoided at all costs, petrochemical derivatives have an endocrine disrupting and irritating effect, one is justified in asking whether this also applies to artificial fibres. Recently there has been talk of a new material: modal. It’s made from beechwood cellulose, which uses less water than cotton production, which is a good point if you’re looking for more eco-friendly clothing. Its treatment process is also less invasive than viscose. However, unlike bamboo fiber or cotton, it is neither hypoallergenic nor antibacterial. If you really want to go for modal underwear, be sure to choose a model with a natural fiber band, at least for panties and briefs, which protects your privacy.

Menstrual panties for returning diapers?

If you really want to choose the best materials for your underwear, you are probably wondering which ones will guarantee you comfort while being sufficiently absorbent. In fact, postpartum sanitary napkins tend to be irritating, even when they are nonetheless essential in controlling lochia (postpartum bleeding). But did you know that there is a much more economical, ecological and above all more comfortable solution? It’s the monthly panties! There are different models designed to absorb heavy bleeding and can be used a few days after delivery when the bleeding is less intense. However, make sure to prefer monthly panties made of natural fibers. Even seemingly eco-friendly clothing items can actually be of questionable composition, so it’s important to read the label carefully!

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