Spanx Gets Mom in Shape

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I'd never tried Spanx before they offered to send me a trial pair this year. I'm all for reclaiming your post-baby body through diet and exercise. But even after hours of pilates and a clean diet, my tummy does not resemble how it looked pre-babies.

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They've been around since 2000 when owner Sara Blakely started selling her shapely solution to the masses. Since then Spanx have expanded to includeapparel, bras and hosiery--all aimed to keep your tummy and other mommy bits in line.

Why did I wait so long? I never wanted to feel girdled or corseted--that is how I viewed the Spanx before I tried them. Now that I've slipped on the Spanx Power panties($30), I have to say I see see their value. My dresses look smooth and svelte, no weird bumps or panty lines thanks to Spanx. The package includes instructions which seems a little horrifying (underwear with instructions--yikes!). But the information makes sense and on my first try I slipped the garment on with ease. I wore them the first time to a cocktail party and I completely forgot I had them on (except when I had to go to the bathroom of course)--they were extremely comfortable.

On the downside, they are not sexy in the least, and I make sure my husband never gets a look at me in them--let's leave a little mystery and romance in the marriage! Now I'm not saying to give up on eating well and exercise, but I do think Spanx Power Panties are great for special occasions (like your college reunion) where you want to look incredible in your clothes.

Momtrends did not receive payment for this review. Products were sent for testing purposes only.

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