Shapewear Warning

January 27, 2014 4:07:34 AM PST
Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald of the Loyola University Health System specializes in pain and talks about the pros and cons of wearing shapewear.

Pros: -Compression can assist with abdominal pain and muscle weakness following surgery -It can be beneficial for the treatment of the split in abdominal muscles that often happens with pregnancy
-It can be used for low back or pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy and postpartum
-It is good for prolapse if pessaries or surgery are not an option
-It can improve body image

Cons:
(All theoretical, lack evidence to support, not specific to Spanx, any girdle can cause this) -Use common sense, if too tight or uncomfortable, then remove, wear less often, get a bigger size.
-Be sure not to assume symptoms are related to shapewear and talk with your doctor.
-Shapewear can cause: abdominal discomfort, difficulty breathing and numbness or tingling.


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