How Wearing Underwear Can Affect Your Pregnancy Health

We’ve all done it before - that is, gone commando.

By Nao Quiñones | July 24, 2018, 11:40am EST

Pregnancy requires adjustments. What you eat, how you spend your free time… and as your baby bump grows and your hormones become more prevalent, you’ll have to make even more choices and changes to your lifestyle.

But you might be surprised to learn that even the more minute details of your choices during pregnancy can affect your health and the health of your growing baby. Believe it or not, your underwear choices during pregnancy will have such an effect.

What matters most is not the brand or style of underwear, but rather the breathability of the fabric that you put on.

Increases in the amount of vaginal discharge are normal and to be expected when you’re pregnant. But as secretions increase, so does your risk for a yeast infection. Though yeast infection won’t directly harm your baby while he or she is still in utero, your pregnancy will make treatment more complicated.

You won’t be able to use the usual medications recommended because they can harm your baby. Also, if you have a yeast infection when you give birth, your baby might take on an infection resulting in thrush. Although treatable, this is something that you obviously want to avoid if possible.

What’s a Mother To Do?

Keeping yourself clean and dry is the best way to prevent a yeast infection, but avoiding thongs and silk underwear is another excellent solution. Anything but cotton panties will hold too much moisture and become a breeding ground for bacteria. For the duration of your pregnancy, only wear what you might otherwise consider “granny panties” to keep your genital area clean and dry.


Dear Kate -- a company founded by women and that makes products specifically with women’s needs in mind -- has a line of ‘Go Commando Yoga Pants’ that are lined with revolutionary underlux fabric technology and are designed to be worn with nothing underneath.


The underlux is sewn into the crotch in a shape that’s similar to a maxi pad. The patented fabric is made of three layers that are all sweat-wicking, absorbent, and stain resistant. For breathability, there’s no better than going commando!


Dear Kate's patented technology utilizes triple layer protection that's breathable. By avoiding plastics in their fabric it reduces bacterial built up commonly found in other leggings and pads.

Unlike most of their competitors, Dear Kate garments are 100% fabric and 100% breathable, with no plastic films or laminates like Polyurethane Laminates (PUL), because they care about your hygiene, comfort and cleanliness. This is incredibly important when you’re pregnant to minimize your risk of yeast infection.

With the Go Commando Yoga Pants, you no longer have to worry about sacrificing comfort or style, breathability or visible panty lines. And did we mention that Dear Kate sizes go up to 3X?

Not Your Regular Pants

Dear Kate offer everyday piece-of-mind, keeping you worry-free and fear-proof at all times. Some uses may include:

  • Period protection - Coverage against leaks and stains of menstrual blood
  • Spotting - Protection from occasional spotting due to a variety of medical conditions
  • Postpartum - Daily coverage from postpartum bleeding
  • Discharge - Protection against regular discharge
  • Incontinence - Quick dry absorption of everyday bladder leakage

Dear Kate is making it easier to join the movement. Leave your panties at home and start going commando in confidence!


Now Available For 40% Off - Limited Time Offer

Dear Kate is making it really affordable for you ditch you drawers! For a limited time only, they are offering readers of this article the Go Commando Yoga Pants for a 40% off sale price of only $60.00 (regular price $100). Due to an increase in recent media coverage, we can’t guarantee that inventory will last much longer, so claim your pair today!

Product Reviews

Mary L. Verified Buyer 08/02/18

These are actually cute!
I love these, I have actually tried other brands and I feel like I am wearing adult diapers. These make me feel girly and like I am just wearing a normal pair of cute and sexy underwear.

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Olivia M. Verified Buyer 08/01/18


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Amanda O. Verified Buyer 08/01/18

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