By Camryn La Sala and Fran Sales, Mar 28, 2023

Furthermore, while shapewear isn’t meant to make you feel extremely constrained and cramped, it is meant to be snug, says Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double board-certified physician (in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine) based in New York City. That’s one reason why many body shapers come with a gusset, or an extra cloth panel sewn onto the crotch area of a garment, according to Gaither. “It’s not necessary to wear underwear with these garments as it may be too constricting and therefore uncomfortable,” she says.

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