PREGNANCY AND CORSETING
Please realize that we are not medical experts nor
medically trained. Therefore, we cannot render a medical
opinion, or make medical claims regarding our corsets.
However, we can speak from our personal experience, look at
historical facts, and then let our clients tell their own stories
about relief they have experienced from various
health conditions and challenges, both permanent and
Q. I'm pregnant; should I wear corsets now or wait?
A. That depends.
That decision will be up to you and your doctor, and how far
along you are now in your pregnancy. Remember that you,
not me and not your neighbor are in charge of the style of
corset you order, and how tightly you lace or how long
each day you wear it.
A corset per se, like other items of fashion and even
nutrition, is not inherently dangerous. A pair of stilettos
is not inherently dangerous, right? But if you put a brand
new pair on and run the Boston Marathon the first day, well,
I think you get my point? With many fashion garments and
other items in life, if we go too far
too fast in this 'want-it-now' kind of world, then we can
damage ourselves or cause unnecessary discomfort.
Common sense is exceedingly
uncommon, sad to say. Education is the best antidote to
uncommon sense, and that's why I make my website as informative
and fact-based as possible and after 23 years in this business,
keep learning ever day!
In the Philippines, women who have just had babies are
wrapped traditionally in a tight cloth to encourage the
quicker return of good posture and a svelte figure. A client
recently told me that her Russian grandmother told her
to put on a corset immediately after childbirth. So other
cultures know about the non-harmful and possible beneficial
effects of moderate waist binding.
And of course, Victorian literature teaches us that there
were pregnancy corsets purveyed. One can find images of
them in books. Of course these were not tight nor tightly-
worn, but provided low back support, and had one or two
openings in the front for the garment to be expanded as
the belly grew.
As said, the decision is yours to make in consultation
with your physician as to when it will be safe for you to wear
a corset pre- or post-pregnancy and baby arrival. With his
or her concurrence, we are here to help you design and measure
a well-fitting and comfortable custom corset!
Consider the advertisement and information from the
respected book on corsets, Corsets and Crinolines by E. Waugh:
An interesting ad showing a rarely seen
maternity corset. Although in an age before birth
control where women were pregnant for most of their
child bearing lives, maternity clothing and especially
underwear, was rarely advertised. The drawing of the
mother to be, shows her in fashionable envelope
combinations with ribbon shoulder straps, high heel
slippers and a flowing dressing gown, a far cry from
the dowdy clothes most pregnant woman had to wear.
Her corset looks to be made from spotted broche and
had a fashionable low bust with lace and ribbon trim
but still comes down low over the hips.
There is a short front bust pictured on the corset and
would have had hook and eye closures below the busk to
fasten the bottom of the corset "skirt".
A large, wide panel is seen on the bottom half of the
corset on each side of the busk and bottom opening of
the corset, this would have been most likely elastic
and would have allowed for the "bump" to grow and
provide support for the mother. The side lacing would
also allow for the corset to be adjusted for size as
the mother grew bigger.