A Post-Pregnancy Care Package of Sorts for Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge’s rumored due date is July 13—tomorrow! In honor of the royal birth, the moms on the Style.com team share the products and services that helped them through their maternity leaves.
“I used Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Butter throughout my pregnancy and am happy to say I survived the nine months stretch-mark-free. After my son was born, I switched to the Skin Tight Toning Serum—which as its name suggests, targets post-pregnancy crepey skin issues—and the Get Waisted Body Shaper cream. Included in Mama Mio’s Bootcamp for Tummies set is a four-minute tummy-tucking exercise routine designed to address diastasis, the separation of abdominal muscles that some women experience after having a baby. Mine was pretty extreme. I have to admit, I wasn’t always faithful about the exercises, but I never skipped a day with the serum and cream.”—Nicole Phelps, executive editor
Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies, $99, www.mamamio.com
“I felt more secure wearing a tummy reducer after the birth of my first baby, and I’m planning on wearing one again after my second is born this fall. It holds your tummy in and helps it return to its previous shape. Buy it in a small size. It will fit very tight in the beginning, but after a week or so you get used to it. The tighter the better. I also slept with mine. Still, the best secret for getting back into shape after a baby is breast-feeding; the longer you do it, the more weight you lose.” —Marina Larroudé, market director
Tummy Reducer Post-Partum Panty, $25, www.leonisa.com
“The bath treatments at the Shibui Spa at NYC’s Greenwich Hotel would be at the top of my list, post-baby. My last delivery was extremely fast and painful, I’m not going to lie! So the idea of soaking in an enormous tub in near silence would have been heavenly. The aesthetician sprinkles the water with seasonal botanicals—for summer, it’s cooling mint—or any of the year-round staples, such as calming lotus blossoms, energizing juniper berry, or moisturizing sake. The last time I did this soak, I remember closing my eyes and floating in the water as my muscles unknotted. A little bell is left at the edge of the tub for you to ring, should you need any attention, as well as a cup of tea. Each session is thirty minutes, but it’s worth asking for extra time to relax, since that will be in short supply in the coming weeks (or years)!”—Kari Molvar, Beauty Counter contributor
30 Minute Soak, $75, www.thegreenwichhotel.com