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What the Heck is Mesh Underwear?


Most days, we want to look nice. We choose pretty clothes, we throw on a bit of makeup, we may even straighten our hair or at least style our mum bun slightly.

But, some days, comfort and practicality trump style.  And the day you give birth is 100% one of those days!

Well, mums-to-be, we have found the most practical piece of attire you’ll ever need after giving birth: mesh underwear.

Sure, they look like saggy man briefs and clearly show off your massive pad from ALL angles. But, hear us out. Because if you’re pregnant and preparing for birth, you may want to stock up on these hospital-grade see-though skivvies.

Get Your Mesh On

I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, ladies, postpartum recovery is rough on our lady bits and bellies. It’s a mish-mash of bruising, pain, blood and swelling down south and our vaginas are not happy about it. Most women are going to bleed… heavily. And most underwear is gonna take a beating because of it.

mesh underwear after birth
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Enter Mesh Underwear, disposable, breathable, horrifically-ugly underwear designed for these exact after-birth moments.

Yes, they look like a fishnet for your fanny, but they are seriously a sanity-saver during those first few weeks after giving birth and even during those final weeks of pregnancy when your regular underwear just doesn’t cut it.

How They Work

Slide them on, add a massive pad, slide them off when you need to change it, and throw them in the wash at the end of the day (they can be washed up to 20 times).

They are designed to let air flow through your battered bits and help with the healing process and they are extremely comfortable with no elastic band jabbing into your pouchy tummy.

Mesh underwear
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Comfortable, Convenient and guaranteed to ensure no male will want to have sex with you. That’s a big after-birth win right there!

The Mishmash of Mesh in LaLaLand

Of course, it’s not a trend unless there’s proof of celebrities doing it. Two of the most popular mummy celebs – Chrissy Teigen and Amy Schumer – have both stripped down for Instagram to flash their flesh in mesh.

amy chrissy teigen and amy schumer mesh underwear

Where to Get Them

New Beginnings make them and you can pick them up through Baby Bunting. They cost $5.99 for a pack of two.

Sometimes hospitals also supply them but not all do. And you don’t wanna be wandering the hospital corridors begging staff to hook you up with the mesh goods.

What to Read Next

We’ve got a whole list of cool pregnancy and after-birth products that are sure to come in handy once you push bubba out. Have a look at:

Icy condoms: A little late for condoms, right? Well, these come in handy for your swollen and bruised vajaja.

New mummy vibrator: It’s not what you think (and who would be thinking about THAT after birth!). No, this is for your breast ladies, and it’s awesome!

Aloe vera pads: Another great invention for post-birth recovery, all you need is some aloe vera and a pack of pads to make these ‘padsicles’.

Postpartum underwear: If you’re not super keen on the fishnet for your fanny look, then ModiBodi also has a range of postpartum underwear that’s worth having a look at.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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