Shifty Shapewear: Squeezing My Intestines to Get My Pre-Baby Body Back
Shapewear is bad for my health? This is tough news to bear for someone who still struggles with the baby weight, despite the fact that her babies are 2 and 4 years old.
It’s a sad day around these parts. Apparently, shapewear is not good for my health, despite making me think I look 10 times skinnier in the mirror. Goodness. The timing of this is particularly bad considering it’s award season and all. Okay, that last part was a joke, though there’s nothing funny at all about this topic. In an article on The Huffington Post, gastroenterologist Dr. John Kuemmerle, dermatologist Dr. Maryann Mikhail and chiropractor Dr. Karen Erickson were interviewed to find out exactly what happens to your body when you wear shapewear. The results aren’t pretty.
According to Kuemmerle, Mikhail, and Erickson:
- Shapewear compresses your organs and bowels
- Tingling, numbness and pain can occur in your legs
- Muscles can be affected if you rely on shapewear for good posture
- Shapewear can make you prone to infections
Essentially all that sucking in, while leaving your stomach flat as a pancake, can cause a crazy amount of damage to your body if worn for an extended amount of time. While your stomach, intestine and colon are compressed, it’s potentially worsening acid reflux and heartburn and can also cause something called erosive esophagitis. That doesn’t sound good, friends. And let’s not forget affecting your digestive track if you attempt to eat a meal while wearing a piece of shapewear. Or the shallow breath that can occur. Or the stress incontinence, which I do know something about, unfortunately.
This is tough news to bear for someone who still struggles with the baby weight, despite the fact that her babies are 2 and 4 years old. Like just about any vice, doctors encourage that if you must wear shapewear to smooth out the, um, extra baggage, then wear it in small doses. Like to your office dinner or cousin’s wedding, not every time you go to the grocery store or walk the dog. Of course, there’s another alternative I’m neglecting to mention… that whole exercise thing. Perhaps I should think about hitting the gym on a regular basis, and I know exactly what I’ll use for my motivation. It’s not too late for New Years resolutions, right?
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