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Postpartum belly binding

post #1 of 35
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I wanted to do this when I had DD, but it was simply too hot in FL summer for me. Since I am having a winter babe I am hoping to be able to tolerate this. 

So, wondering if any mama has experience with it. Advice? Info? Also, what did you use for binding? There are lots of things on the market, but I am not finding anything specifically for larger women {I am 5'11'' with a long torso and wear an XXL in maternity}. Because of this I am more interested in DIY styles because of the difficulty in finding things that are made for a woman my size {you can't just add an inch and call it 'plus size' or 'tall'}, but I am not a seamstress so don't even know where I would begin.

anyone?

post #2 of 35

I haven't read about this. What is the benefit?

post #3 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jackies View Post

I haven't read about this. What is the benefit?

http://mamasandbabies.blogspot.com/2008/10/postpartum-belly-binding.html

post #4 of 35

I used the belly bandit with my last post partum experience.  I think it actually made a difference in how quickly my belly went back to its original musculature and size.  In fact, my belly was slimmer than it had been in years in between these two pregnancies.  Now, I was nursing around the clock and started doing abdominal exercises 10 weeks post c-section as well.  But I certainly didn't do those abdominal exercises consistently, maybe once a week.  All in all, I think the belly binding made a difference, but if I had to do it again, I would not use the belly bandit.  They are not well design for someone with any type of curve, so at all stages it just never fit quite right. For that reason, I only wore it around the house and standing up.  Sitting down it was uncomfortable and even in April in Seattle, I was sweaty.

I will definitely join you in researching a DIY version!

post #5 of 35
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awesome! Thanks for your experience ; )
Yea, I kinda think that the whole pp period is just one sweaty, hot, leaky mess and there's no getting around it, right?! haha Especially not in FL, no matter what time of year--I have had more yule holidays than not celebrated in shorts and 80 degree weather :(

Yes, I am not anticipating finding a good fit through any commercial brand--I can't even find normal clothing that fits right--apparently ALL women are petite--even if plus sized--because even the stuff that is technically large enough to fit doesn't--like anything maternity with the empire waist the hem at the underbust is ALWAYS at the middle of my boobs no matter what size I get--it is SO annoying. I literally have to wear shapeless clothing--like tanks, even those are too short at the end of pregnancy.

So, what could we make these out of?? I have a great friend who is a seamstress and will make me one--I'll ask her!

post #6 of 35

I have to second you on the irritating all women are petite sizing!  Totally off topic, but it is so hard to order clothing for my dress shop because everything runs so small and so short!  I'm only 5' 4 and pretty average build and I have to wear a size large in a bunch of the dresses - and it's often almost too short to cover my butt (which *is* curvy, but still!)  I want to carry a wide range of sizes, but it's hard when they don't seem to exist!

 

Anyway, I'm interested in the belly binding conversation - I am very game to try it this time around. 

post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by kel View Post

I have to second you on the irritating all women are petite sizing!  Totally off topic, but it is so hard to order clothing for my dress shop because everything runs so small and so short!  I'm only 5' 4 and pretty average build and I have to wear a size large in a bunch of the dresses - and it's often almost too short to cover my butt (which *is* curvy, but still!)  I want to carry a wide range of sizes, but it's hard when they don't seem to exist!

 

 

ARRGGG!! seriously, could you imagine being 5'11'' and 200+--its like I am a fucking amazon! However, I am really not fat, although I could be slimmer. I am a proportioned woman. All my measurements are in proportion for my body. People are constantly surprised to find that I weigh over 200lbs or that I was a size 18 in between these pregnancies. Even when I was a size 12 prebabies I had this issue, so it really isn't a weight issue. It is so annoying. I have to have EVERYTHING tailored and now that we are broke ola that ain't happening. It just seems so silly to me that there are no clothing manifacturers who can understand this. Also, if I am a size XL I promise that my thigh is a bit bigger than 20 inches around--COME ON! It isn't rocket science.

oh yea...belly binding....haha. I just wrote to belly bandit and asked these questions and if they are going to offer sizes for ALL women or at least MORE women with a custom order option. I feel like at least with these types of garments it wouldn't be hard to offer custom sizing for a price and then you have got the whole market covered.

post #8 of 35

i'm 6'2". i've given up on ever finding clothes that fit. i actually get the best fit when i find men's clothes that are sortof unisex/euro looking, because they accommodate a long torso and broad shoulders. then i just have to figure out where to put my boobs.

as far as belly binding, i've been thinking i'll try it this time too. would it have to be a wrap, or would something like "spanx" work? or wrapping a wide elastic bandage? just brainstorming, have no idea if that would work. but i'll probably try it because the belly bands are expensive, especially if they aren't going to fit well.

post #9 of 35
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mamadiamond--I am way too curvy for men's clothing. It doesn't fit my shape at all :( and I am LARGE breasted, so, finding out where to put my boobs can never be an after thought ; ) haha
Yes, women have been binding for eons, and obviously they did so without the help of commercial products like the belly bandit, however, they also led mostly communal lives and had much support PP to help with these normal things. I couldn't imagine having to wrap myself daily for 8 weeks--it would be pretty arduous. Also, I am not really sure that you could get the compression that would be needed with self wrapping. I mean even a properly fitted corset really needs two people to put on, but if all else fails I am going to just use a corset since at least I can get those in my size, just not quite as plush and comfy as I would prefer. Spanx definietly wouldn't provide enough compression to be effective at anything more than providing a 'slimming' look under clothing, but true belly binding is for way more than looks--it actually helps to reposition and support your organs and muscle to help them return to their normal place in your abdominal cavity ; )

post #10 of 35

If you know someone who sews well, all you might have to do is go to the store and show them the kind of belly band you want.  Its essentailly a doubled peice of stretchable fabirc with some kind of attachement method like velcro or hook and eye, right?  Not necessarily hard to make even without sewing skills, (hot glue gun the one seam, use a snap stapler for the attaching if you really needed to).  I wish you lived near me so I could figure it out with you.  

 

Side note, I heard that this helps your belly but it can make your pelvic bones go back to thier pre-preggers state as well.  Anyone had this happen after using it? After all the effort to stretch, I'd rather my pelvis stay nice and big for future babies.  You get like, what, a 3cm headstart for the next birth?  

post #11 of 35
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Side note, I heard that this helps your belly but it can make your pelvic bones go back to thier pre-preggers state as well.  Anyone had this happen after using it? After all the effort to stretch, I'd rather my pelvis stay nice and big for future babies.  You get like, what, a 3cm headstart for the next birth?  

The body is meant to stretch and then go back. Our pelvis has no need to stay wide open when not in pregnancy. Some women have a greater spread than others, but overall a greater spread in your pelvis equates to more pain and postural issues. The ligaments are what stretches to allow the widening of the pelvic girdle and if they remain too relaxed it really is painful. Yes, most mamas retain some laxivity in their ligaments after pregnancy and birth, but nothing that would be a 'normal' measurable standard like the 3cm you mention. The belly binding is specifically to help your body get back to its prepregnancy shape quicker/more efficiently because that is preferable ; ) You really don't want lax ligaments in your pelvis--besides next pregnancy your body will have no problem stretching back out again! I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and can atest many women have issues related to this years, and decades later--low back pain is a number 1 issue related to pelvic instability related to relaxed ligaments from pregnancy. 

I do have a friend who sews and is helping with this--we have a good amount of time to figure it out, so, hopefully we can! I hope it is as easy as you think it will be ; )

post #12 of 35

now i'm going to spend hours trying to google a diy version/sewing tutorial. i wonder if i google "post surgery abdominal support band" there might be more options. and if they are medically geared rather than strictly matternity geared perhaps there would be more size options.

post #13 of 35

just found this. looks very breathable. from the reviews it seems like people with short torso don't like it because it's long, so perhaps good for us tall mamas. and comes in a ton of sizes. i'm going to keep searching, but definitely looks like surgical support is having better results than looking for strictly post partum support. 

http://www.amazon.com/Gabrialla-Breathable-Elastic-Abdominal-Binder/dp/B000WFW7W2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by mamadiamond View Post

just found this. looks very breathable. from the reviews it seems like people with short torso don't like it because it's long, so perhaps good for us tall mamas. and comes in a ton of sizes. i'm going to keep searching, but definitely looks like surgical support is having better results than looking for strictly post partum support. 

http://www.amazon.com/Gabrialla-Breathable-Elastic-Abdominal-Binder/dp/B000WFW7W2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

i dunno...9'' wide definitely wouldn't be long enough for me! that seems really not wide/long at all :(

post #15 of 35

I've wanted to do this but haven't yet given much thought to how. My SILs in Mexico have done it but I think they used a commercial product. They're also on the shorter side so that doesn't help much.

post #16 of 35

I'm considering this this time around too.  I'm not a general fan of slimmers, etc, but I can see the value in holding everything in, supporting the back.  Any dissenters for any reason?  Just for the sake of research...

post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by Millie Ivy View Post

I'm considering this this time around too.  I'm not a general fan of slimmers, etc, but I can see the value in holding everything in, supporting the back.  Any dissenters for any reason?  Just for the sake of research...

It really isn't a slimmer, although modern marketing touts it as such. Sure, it does have the added benefit of helping you appear slimmer, quicker, but it really due to the physical act of your organs being supported back into their proper positioning more readily post partum ; ) It is really all about proper body mechanics and support for the body to restore its optimal positioning ; ) I don't really think that there is any evidence against this. Many in the Birth field--even OBs--recommend these for postpartum healing. They need to fit right though in order to facilitate these benefits and can do harm if they don't fit properly and at the least be uncomfortable.
 

post #18 of 35

Thank you for starting this thread. I had no idea this even existed. It's actually relieving some anxiety I've been feeling about having no control over my body after birth.

post #19 of 35
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Thank you for starting this thread. I had no idea this even existed. It's actually relieving some anxiety I've been feeling about having no control over my body after birth.

So happy for a community to teach and learn in ; ) Each ONE Teach ONE ; )

post #20 of 35

I just found these on Amazon- both are 12"   My sister is the same size as you, mamaharrison, and she used one like this and was very happy, maybe they would work for you?  Just thought I would pass them along winky.gif

 

http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Surgical-Abdominal-Binders-Paneled/dp/B00011CPGA/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1343479891&sr=8-16&keywords=abdominal+binder

 

http://www.amazon.com/ITA-MED-Womens-Breathable-Elastic-Abdominal/dp/B000WFP3G4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1343479891&sr=8-7&keywords=abdominal+binder

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