Jeanne wrote us to say that even though she is happy to be five years down the road from her cancer treatment, she is unhappy to still be struggling with one surgical side effect, abdominal hernias. Certain types of surgery can impact the strength and integrity of abdominal muscles and lead to ventral hernias. Simply put-a bulge or bulges that protrude from the abdominal wall.
For women like Jeanne dressing can be a struggle. A hernia bulge can ruin a lovely silhouette especially when wearing a dress, or longer tunic top. Jeanne has been wearing Flexees Shapewear by Maidenform. She has asked us to provide her with another option for concealing her hernia and some style advice. Here goes:
One option a member of our staff wears and recommends is a maternity band. It’s similar to Flexees in that it adds support and can smooth your silhouette without adding bulk to your clothing. Unlike Flexees or similar shapewear undergarments, it can be folded and repositioned in your specific area of need. And it can be worn under control top panty hose or other preferred garments. There are a variety of brands available, in a range of prices, one we suggest is the Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Band available from Amazon.
When it comes to dressing, smart clothing and fabric choices can help make your hernias less obvious. Look for structured blazers that you can button across your abdomen. For the office or a night out experiment with corduroy and velvet in lovely fall colors. Menswear is a big trend this season, so you may even be able to find a button-down tweed vest that you love! Layering a great cape (yes, they are in again) or a long sweater over a pair of jeans with built-in stretch will let your relax in comfort and style.
Styles to avoid: Soft, stretchy fabrics like clingy knits and gauzy blouses, or form fitting pants like leg-ins.
These are some of our suggestions for Jeanne but she would love to hear yours. (And so would we!)