I got this back in November 2014 when my baby was 2.5 months old. It's actually recommended to get a proper shapewear even before you give birth so that you can wear it immediately after delivery and get back into shape fast. But, I was too lazy for that and had too much on my mind with my first born baby that I didn't really think about myself at the time.
Before my Wink Ultra Bikini, I was content with a Pigeon Binder that I borrowed from a friend. She said it was very useful for her C-section; it gave her the support she needed and helped with her stitches. I had a normal delivery so I wasn't required to have any binding right after. I tried it once or twice during the first month, but I could only wear it for an hour at a time and then I would feel too cramped or like my 3rd degree stitches would burst, so I couldn't wear it for long.
I tried it again when my baby was around 6 weeks, and I was slowly easing in my normal routine. That's when I noticed that it somehow helped with putting my organs back in place. It served me well for starters, but that's as far as it could go. I was stuck at that point and it seemed like I will no longer get back to my normal size naturally. If I sucked my tummy in, the slimmest I can go was 31 inches. It was 28 inches before pregnancy (size 4-6 US), so 3 inches was quite a long way to go.
I've been seeing Wink in several expos before I even gave birth, so investing in a medical-grade shapewear was on my mind. The holidays were coming up and I needed something discreet that I could wear underneath my clothes. So I went for the splurge at P4,140 plus shipping.
I got the Wink Ultimate Postpartum Ultra Bikini (half bathing suit type with hook and eye enclosures at the side and bottom) in nude medium.
The medium size can fit up to a 32-inch waistline and you can keep wearing it even until you reach 26! There are 3 hook adjustments which you can use to tighten the shapewear until you reach your desired size.
Here's the description from the website http://www.urbanessentials.com.ph/wink/postpartum-ultra-bikini.php:
This compression garment is seamless under clothing, offering TWO LAYERS of silky medical compression material. The Ultimate Postpartum Ultra bikini provides compression and support during your first 8 weeks of postpartum recovery and post abdominal surgeries recovery. Besides postpartum recovery, this bikini can also be worn as a shapewear and is ideal for someone looking for a strong but yet soft compression garment to smooth out love handles and back fat rolls. This compression garment helps eliminates lax skin, baby pooch following a delivery and abdominal surgeries.
- 3 layers of hook and eye closures at the side to adjust for different waistline
- 3 layers of eye and hook closures at crotch area to adjust for different torso height
- Thick band at the top prevents garment from rolling down the stomach when sitting
- Highly suitable for use after pregnancy, C section and other abdominal surgeries
- Bikini Length
- Compression level : High
If you will only get one shapewear, get this. It is better than the Belly & Hip shaper (corset type with enclosures at the side) because with the bikini, there is no other way for the fat/loose organs/skin to go but inwards.
Joy, the owner of Urban Essentials, which is the exclusive distributor of Wink here in the Philippines, said that it wasn't too late to start wearing it at 7 weeks postpartum. I'm still wearing mine at 7.5 months postpartum, and it still makes a difference. In hindsight, I should've gotten it sooner, before I got pregnant. It's a no-brainer to invest in one of these.
I've tried many similar shapewear before. I've tried Spanx, Maidenform, Lulu something... They were able to make me slimmer somehow, but maybe not as much, and they never stay put! They always roll down and I have to keep adjusting and pulling them up. It's a pet peeve of mine and it's one thing that I appreciate the most about Wink shapewears. You can trust it to stay put whether you stand up, sit down, or lie down. No worries.
It's also easier to get into with the hook and eye enclosures. You don't have to jump and down and do all the stretching just to squeeze into the other shapewears. Having the enclosures means that you can also slim it down 3 sizes, as if you bought 3 different shapewear sizes for the price of 1!!
And of course, it's medical-grade compression. How can you top that? Bottomline is, THIS WORKS!
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Visit their website for more pictures and details! http://www.urbanessentials.com.ph/wink/postpartum-ultra-bikini.php
Let me know what you think!