The Postpartum Powerhouse

Embracing Compression Wear for Recovery
Octavia, physiotherapist and founder of XENA talks us through why wearing TLC’s extra strong tummy control leggings in the early days postpartum might be helpful to recovery as well as looking and feeling great.

Welcoming a new life into the world is a transformative experience for mothers, marked by profound changes in both body and mind. In the postpartum phase, the body undergoes a remarkable process of recovery and adaptation. One valuable tool that has gained popularity in aiding this journey is compression wear. These garments are designed to provide support, alleviate discomfort, and expedite the postpartum recovery process.

Here we cover some of the reasons you might consider a compression garment after childbirth.



The abdominal region undergoes significant stress during pregnancy and childbirth. The growing uterus stretches the abdominal muscles, and the act of giving birth further strains these muscles. Wearing compression garments postpartum provides support to the weakened abdominal muscles providing gentle yet firm pressure guiding muscles back together aiding their recovery process.

As the abdominal muscles regain strength, women may find relief from postpartum discomfort such as back pain and a quicker return to their pre-pregnancy shape.

Wear and complete these early postnatal breathing exercises for maximum benefit.


 Swelling, or oedema, is a common postpartum concern. It occurs due to the accumulation of fluids in the tissues and can lead to discomfort and a feeling of heaviness.

Compression wear assists in reducing swelling by promoting better circulation. The garments apply pressure to the affected areas, facilitating the movement of fluids back into the circulatory system.

By addressing oedema, compression wear not only enhances physical comfort but also contributes to a more efficient recovery process. Reduced swelling can positively impact a woman's mobility and overall well-being.

 Wearing TLC’s compression leggings and taking party in a gentle flow such as Move and Revive could help you return to feeling great.

 After a c-section compression can be particularly effective where more swelling can be seen. The feedback to the skin, stimulates the lymph drainage but can also help regain normal sensation in the area as the damaged cutaneous nerves recover. Always check there is no irritation to the wound if covering the area. For more scar advice check out our downloadable scar information pack and watch Octavia demonstrate how to self-massage your scar.


Proper blood circulation is crucial for healing and recovery. Compression garments work by gently compressing the blood vessels, promoting efficient blood flow throughout the body. Especially after childbirth where blood clots can be up to ten times more likely in the first six weeks after birth.

This increased risk is due to hormonal changes and reduced mobility. Compression wear can encourage better blood circulation and offer mothers an extra layer of protection during those early days.


Recovering from childbirth doesn't mean putting life on hold. Many new mothers aspire to resume physical activities as soon as possible, whether it's light exercises, walks, or simply attending to daily chores. Compression wear offers the necessary support to engage in these activities comfortably.

The supportive nature of these garments enables mothers to gradually reintegrate physical activity into their routine without compromising their comfort or recovery, offering feedback abdomen to encourage activation.

If you are wondering where to start with your post back exercises, head to XENA to trial our six part postpartum recovery programme where Octavia, and a mother of three work, together through a comprehensive bite sized series. Starting with the foundations of recovery, breathing, posture, and pelvic floor, working back to full strength.



The pelvic floor undergoes substantial strain during pregnancy and childbirth. Issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence are common. Compression wear designed with pelvic support can aid in addressing these issues.

By providing gentle compression to the pelvic region, these garments contribute to the restoration of pelvic floor strength.

It should be said that this is not a quick fix. Pelvic floor strength and tone requires a consistent multifaceted approach working on posture, breathing and the gold standard is to seek professional support if you have any concerns.


The physical demands of caring for a new-born, coupled with the postural changes that often accompany pregnancy, can impact a woman's posture. Compression garments, especially those designed to support the back and torso, can help improve posture during the postpartum period.

Maintaining proper posture is essential for preventing muscle strain and promoting overall physical well-being. Compression wear acts as a subtle reminder to align the spine correctly, offering support to the back muscles as they recover from the strains of pregnancy and childbirth.

If you are wondering about your posture, check out XENA’s video on the fundamentals of posture and start building some daily prompts into your life.


The postpartum period is a time of immense adjustment, both physically and emotionally. For many women, the changes in their body can affect their self-esteem and body image. Compression wear, by providing support and shaping, can positively impact a woman's perception of her postpartum body.

Feeling supported and comfortable in one's clothing can boost confidence and contribute to a more positive self-image. Compression garments are designed to offer a snug fit without being restrictive, allowing mothers to embrace their changing bodies with a sense of empowerment and self-assurance.

If you are feeling the transition to motherhood has been overwhelming, please seek support. You are not alone. XENA has many resources from Matrescence, therapy and trauma informed courses to support your experience. Here is some information on tapping. A great tool to immediately improve your anxiety, whatever you concern.

In the journey of motherhood, the postpartum period is a time of recovery, adaptation, and self-discovery. Wearing compression garments after childbirth is a practical and effective way to navigate this transformative phase. From aiding in muscle recovery and reducing swelling to supporting the pelvic floor and enhancing blood circulation, compression wear addresses a multitude of postpartum concerns.

As new mothers strive to balance the demands of caring for their new-borns with their own well-being, compression garments emerge as valuable allies. These garments not only provide physical support but also contribute to the psychological aspects of postpartum recovery, fostering confidence and a positive body image.

Ultimately, embracing compression wear after childbirth is a proactive step toward a smoother, more comfortable, and empowered postpartum experience. XENA and TLC are here to support this incredible journey of motherhood, with combined support and resources providing the resilience and strength required for the transformative period of postpartum recovery.

Head to XENA to learn more.
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