I’m heavily pregnant and feel so unwieldy that I only want to wear a bedsheet with a hole cut out of it for my head. So, you can imagine my horror when I came across an ad for maternity activewear. It featured a photo of a hugely pregnant woman doing a complicated yoga pose, while her body was encased in black lycra.
Her ultra-tight black leggings extended over her belly, and it looked like my worst pregnancy nightmare combined: constrictive clothing and exercise.
Intrigued and confused, I just had to know: why would anyone wear maternity compression wear, and is there an actual purpose for it? Or am I okay to keep sitting on the couch wearing my XXXXXXXXXL nighties?
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Although compression attire isn’t absolutely necessary for pregnant women, it certainly is highly beneficial, according to leading fitness expert and personal trainer Camilla Bazley. These benefits include support to the lower back, the reduction of joint pain, improved posture awareness and core stability.