Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. There are mood swings, sweating, cravings, swelling, and let’s not forget about the giant belly. The belly slowly grows for nine whole months and stretches your skin, your muscles, and shifts your organs around on the inside. Once your bundle of joy arrives, your body will begin healing. Postpartum belly binding can be a big help in this healing.
Is Postpartum Belly Binding for You?
Unless you are a celebrity who can afford a full-time nanny and personal trainer, it’s going to take time to get back to your pre-baby self. Belly binding is something that I read about when I was pregnant with my first child. I did some further research on belly binding and liked what I read.
Belly binding is a stretchy wrap that you wrap around your waist from your ribs to your hips. The wraps are generally adjustable and are secured with Velcro. What they do is they compress your abdomen and help, for a lack of a better term, squish, your midsection back together.
Belly binding has many benefits and there are so many wraps out there that you should be able to find one that you like. Below, I’ll discuss the pro’s and con’s to belly binding and I’ll give my personal experiences.
Pros of Postpartum Belly Binding
There are many positives to belly binding if done correctly. First and foremost, it will give you support. During pregnancy, you lose a lot of muscle strength in your abdomen and back. The wrap will give you the support you need for good posture and to help you move and walk easier after you have a baby. When you lose your muscle strength during pregnancy, simple things like sitting up in bed can be a challenge. If you use a belly binder, you will have the added support that your body needs to do the simple things that you could do pre-pregnancy.
The Big Benefit for C-section Mamas
If you had a C-section, belly binding is perfect for you. It will secure your C-section incision and help reduce the swelling. Be sure to check your incision every day to check for infection. Having a C-section is major surgery, so if you have any questions or concerns, consult your physician.
Getting Everything Back in Place
Another added bonus to belly binding is that it is going to help your uterus shrink. Your uterus stretches to accommodate your growing baby, and according to parents.com, it can stretch up to “500 times” it’s original size. That’s insane! After your baby is born, your uterus will begin to shrink on its own, but a belly binder will definitely help this process go faster. The binder uses gentle compression to essentially deflate your uterus. Think about when you deflate an innertube. If you push on it or compress it, it goes back to its original state much faster. The same holds true for your uterus.
Belly binding will also assist in putting your organs back into place. When you’re pregnant, your organs move around to make room for your growing baby which is super cool. However, after the baby is born, your organs don’t just jump back in place. A belly binder will give your abdomen the gentle nudge and pressure it needs to guide your organs back to where they belong.
The gentle compressions of a belly binder can also help your skin regain its elasticity. By putting gentle pressure on your skin, your skin can recover faster and help rid your body of some of the swelling and excess fluids that you gain while pregnant.
Cons of Postpartum Belly Binding
One of the biggest cons to using a belly band is that in order to gain the most from it, you need to wear it 24/7 for about a month or two. That’s a big commitment. A belly binder feels like a continual squeeze around your midsection, so if you don’t like the pressure, it will be hard to wear it all of the time.
Belly binding can also interfere with your clothing. The wraps can be a little bulky and fitting them under your clothing can be difficult.
My Personal Experiences
I wore a belly binder after both of my pregnancies and I have recommended them to all of my expecting girlfriends. The wraps not only gave me the support that I needed, but it also helped shrink my uterus, and put my organs back in place which, together, gave me the confidence I needed after being pregnant.
My First Pregnancy
When I was pregnant with my oldest, I saw an advertisement for a belly binder in a pregnancy magazine and I didn’t know what it was, so, like any millennial, I Googled it. I did a little research on what belly binders were and I liked what I read. I ordered my belly binder after I had my daughter while I was still in the hospital and it came right away.
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I was dedicated to the wrap and wore it as much as I could and I found that my body was recovering quickly after my pregnancy. I wore my wrap nearly all day, every day for about a month and saw that my body was strong enough without it and I could no longer feel the “jiggle” of my organs. One month of squeezing got me back to feeling confident about my body which helped me with my postpartum depression, which helped me get out and exercise which helped me lose the last bit of baby weight.
Postpartum Belly Binding with My Second Pregnancy
With my second pregnancy, I was ready and prepared for the belly binder. I brought it with me to the hospital and began wearing it the same day that I delivered my son. The second time around, I felt that my body needed the wrap even more than the first time because everything had more jiggle. My uterus felt extra large and stretched out, my skin was extra stretchy, and my insides felt so displaced. This time around, I needed the wrap to feel stronger and more supported versus the first time when I did it more for the vanity.
After wearing my belly binder for a total of two months, my body was finally looking like it had before my second pregnancy. This helped with my confidence immensely and made me feel good about my strong and capable body. The female body is a remarkable thing. We can stretch our bellies to the max and then train our bodies to be strong again.
Overall, the pro’s outweigh the con’s on belly binding if you ask me. They give you the strength in your midsection, help with swelling, shrinking your uterus, put your organs back in place, and even help secure C-section incisions. If you can get past a little midsection squeezing, the benefits are worth it. There’s a reason belly binding has been around for centuries and I’m sure it will be around for centuries to come. Be sure to check out all of our favorite belly wraps here!
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