If you’re like me, you’ve seen the different quiz’s on social media like, “What type of mom are you?” which helps you figure out if you’re more of a granola-hippie mom or the hot-mess-mom, haha. While I’m not sure how accurate they really are, I will say that I think of myself as more of a ‘hybrid-mom’, not really fitting just one mold of mama. I think that as mothers, we can each be a little bit of every type, and that our differences have a lot to do with the specific stage of motherhood we are experiencing, especially once we go beyond the pregnancy experience and into hardcore parenting.
I was recently asked by Erica at Murray & Finn how I would explain the benefits of our Postpartum/Nursing Highwaist Support Leggings to each of the different “types” of BLANQI mamas, and this is what I came up with!
I’m currently 10 months postpartum with my 4th baby, so I definitely was a #1, still feel very much #2+#3, never been a #4 (but never say never I suppose) and always a #5 (I’m a true believer in the fake-it-till-you-make-it mantra of working out! ha)
Which “type” of BLANQI mama are you right now?
1. The Pregnant Mom // Our Highwaist Support Leggings should be packed in your hospital bag. Seriously. Do not wait to buy them until after baby arrives, because you are missing out on the major impact these leggings have during those first 6 weeks of postpartum, what is thought of as the 4th Trimester. I wore them after delivering my 4th baby Lily and it was life-changing. I had just survived labor and wanted nothing but to be comfortable and feel pulled together. Jude, Nico and Violette were about to meet their new sister and I wanted to iPhone photograph every second of that special moment without feeling like I was going to look back at the photos and feel like a hot mess. These knocked both things off my list at the same time. No waistband is a lifesaver, as my belly takes some time to go down (as in 9 months postpartum more) and muffin top post-pregnancy is not flattering. They also are a must have for any scheduled, or surprise c sections, so think ahead. Anything that makes me feel more secure with hospital visitors, walking down the hall to grab ice, etc. is a no brainer. (Here is the TMI, so stop reading if you can’t deal. They help hold up the giant pads we have to wear after delivery, which as a hater of pads, this made me feel better about them slipping around and leakage. I know yuck, but it’s the truth)
(If you are pregnant and are looking for our supportwear leggings specifically for during pregnancy, we also have a maternity support version with our patented built-in support that lifts your belly and eases pregnancy aches and pains. This is what has girls saying they “don’t do pregnancy without a BLANQI”…)
2. The Breastfeeding Mom // These leggings are a game-changer. I personally can only handle wearing ‘nursing’ clothes for the first 4 weeks or so postpartum. That’s when I’m just trying to adjust to the whole milk surging into my breasts, leaking everywhere, holding a baby and trying not to cry from all the hormones. Haha. After I get into the flow of things, (I just crack myself up, lol) I just want to feel ‘normal’ again, so I tend to pull out my pre-pregnancy clothing and make what I have work. If I’m a real gluten for punishment, which I’ve been 4 times now, I attempt to test out if I fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, which for 4 times straight has ended in failure. I do not recommend putting yourself through that torture. That’s why these leggings work. The highwaisted design of these leggings keeps things smooth and covering my jelly belly, so I can just lift up my loose-fitting tees and breastfeed inconspicuously. The rise is about 2″ higher than regular high waist leggings, which equals to about 4″ with the seamless stretch. That especially helps with having the curious siblings that want to know if there “is another baby is coming out” since I still look pregnant just after giving birth, thank you wise 5-year-old for those words of encouragement.
3. The ‘Motherhood Is My Muse’ Mom // We tend to think, or maybe believe, that the post-partum stage ends at like what 6 weeks? 6 months? 18 months? I feel that once I was post-partum, my body was forever post-partum. I can remember crying after my first baby thinking that my body was not the same, but that I didn’t even remember what it used to look like, it was that bad. lol. Okay, maybe not as terrible as I’m making it seem, but nothing prepared me for just the changes that just getting older would have on my body. I feel these leggings help give some self-esteem back to those of us who have suffered the ‘scars’ of motherhood- stretch marks, c-section scars, gained weight, etc. When I wear them I feel snugged up in a way that balances out my love of chocolate chip cookies with my efforts to be pulled together on a daily basis.
4. The Adoptive Mom // My friend Angela recently adopted her 5th child and traveled all the way to China to pick up her daughter, Rosie. You can read her story here. She wore these leggings 24 hours over to China and 24 hours of travel time back home, with a toddler. Traveling needs to be comfortable, and traveling with kids is anything but, so these leggings helped make at least the getting dressed in the morning part easier. In my experience, my friends who have adopted have often shared how just because they didn’t birth there babes, they didn’t need any less support than the experience than a birth mother would, it’s just different. That is how I feel about BLANQI supporting all mothers through motherhood. We all need support, it’s just about needing different kinds of support at different times in our life.
5. The Fit Mom // You live in black leggings. I get it, it’s my life too. I quickly scrolled through my Instagram page and noticed that I have one outfit staple, BLANQI leggings. I can put them on and literally go from preschool drop-off, into a BLANQI design meeting, then the grocery store (since I am the food fairy of our fridge) and finish up at one of my boy’s soccer/lacrosse practice’s without skipping a beat. Then on the weekend’s when I’m not just faking a workout, I put these on along with a crop t-shirt, my favorite Ferry Corsten album blasting on Pandora and actually get my sweat on. These are tight leggings that feel like a second skin. Thicker than a tight, but thinner than typical yoga pants, so they keep everything snug and secure, which is important when on a treadmill.
So this so much why I believe in the power of these leggings. I wear them everyday and I’m okay with that, ha. If you want more information on these motherhood game changers, like what size you need to try them in, you can find that here.
Not sure how to style them? Check out this past post from Sabina for more ways to wear these support leggings.