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post #181 of 339

I obviously don't have a ton of knowledge outside of my own experience, but I think it depends on what you're going for.  I wanted the overall compression, I think it made a big difference for me, as well as assistance in pulling the muscles back together, so I went for a full binder.  But if I was only concerned about the diastasis I think the splint would be the better option.

post #182 of 339

Also:

 

I bought a pair of Ann Taylor Loft maternity skinny cords on mega sale last week.  They came yesterday and HOLY CRAP best maternity pants ever.  They're really thin and soft and feel like wearing leggings, but are more cute and flattering!  I am in love.  If they weren't all sold out of my size I would buy another pair in a different color.

 

Today I had a dentist's appointment (just a cleaning, but super uncomfortable because of the hormones...my poor gums) and a haircut appointment.  Very decadent.  LOL.  The dental hygenist asked me "if it was normal" for me to be so small at my gestation, and then when I told her yes she was like "Are you sure?  Did your doctor tell you everything is okay?" very suspiciously.  Ha!  Then my hair stylists also told me I was "really tiny."  I keep assuring everyone I will look like a house in a month or two.  :)

post #183 of 339
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Originally Posted by 1babysmom View Post

I obviously don't have a ton of knowledge outside of my own experience, but I think it depends on what you're going for.  I wanted the overall compression, I think it made a big difference for me, as well as assistance in pulling the muscles back together, so I went for a full binder.  But if I was only concerned about the diastasis I think the splint would be the better option.


I am wondering what the difference is.  I've worn the diastasis splint and it really feel like it pulls my whole stomach in.  (I've never had major diastasis but I wanted one of these for when I transitioned into more traditional ab work post-partum last time, just for the extra support because I am very mindful of making it worse, which you can do with certain exercises even without having being pregnant!)  I wish I could compare with a regular binder just to see how it feels/what he difference is.  I would imagine this can't be less effective than using the ace bandage....it's tight!

post #184 of 339

1babysmom you are ADORABLE! Off to look at your other post now. =P

post #185 of 339
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Originally Posted by brooklyn_warbler View Post


I am wondering what the difference is.  I've worn the diastasis splint and it really feel like it pulls my whole stomach in.  (I've never had major diastasis but I wanted one of these for when I transitioned into more traditional ab work post-partum last time, just for the extra support because I am very mindful of making it worse, which you can do with certain exercises even without having being pregnant!)  I wish I could compare with a regular binder just to see how it feels/what he difference is.  I would imagine this can't be less effective than using the ace bandage....it's tight!

 

Right...for me, the difference was just how much area the binder covered...from under my breasts to my hips.  (I don't think it could be tightened nearly as much as a specific splint, though)  I also bought the extra long binder because I wanted that pressure on my hips, though it was super light, because my hips are the main thing that hold me back from fitting into my pre-pg bottoms.  It did seem to help with that.

post #186 of 339

Oh and thanks, guys. shy.gif

post #187 of 339

I double checked and I have the same exact one you bought. The ITA-Med, though in a larger size. ;) Now I'm excited to be able to use it PP. 

post #188 of 339
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Originally Posted by 1babysmom View Post

 

Right...for me, the difference was just how much area the binder covered...from under my breasts to my hips.  (I don't think it could be tightened nearly as much as a specific splint, though)  I also bought the extra long binder because I wanted that pressure on my hips, though it was super light, because my hips are the main thing that hold me back from fitting into my pre-pg bottoms.  It did seem to help with that.

 

Does it go to the top of your hips or over your hips?  Mine fills up my entire torso from under my breasts to my pubis (so over my hipbones)...maybe because I have a short torso.  So that should be okay.  I really don't want to spend more money if I don't *have* to.  shy.gif

post #189 of 339

Oh yeah, that definitely sounds similar.  None of the splints I looked at were that wide!

 

I hear ya on the money thing, that's why I didn't want to go with a Belly Bandit with no experience binding...seemed like a lot of money if it didn't work!  Plus the having to size down thing made me wonder...I figured if I was going to have to size down eventually I'd rather just get a cheaper one.

 

I think it would be neat to try with a wrap, too (like the traditional binding method) but that seems so bulky to me!

post #190 of 339

1babysmom - great pictures!! (And you're stinking adorable, btw!) I've been thinking about getting a binder this time too. Not sure what size to get but I think it'd make me feel better. I'm short and fluffy anyway and even though I'm still sitting right at my prepregnancy weight (maybe even a pound or two below) my skin is stretched to the max already and is so saggy and gross when not pregnant that I'd really like to do something proactive this time. Especially because the plan is for this to be our last baby - after being pregnant or breast feeding for the last 13.5 years, I'm ready for my body to my mine again! 

post #191 of 339
Thread Starter 

I was planning on getting both a belly bandit, and a hip shrinker. I'm not thinking the belly binder will put enough pressure on my hips, so I'm just gonna double up. It'll probably be uber-uncomfortable. But it's temporary, and the results are for forever. If I don't do it now, I never can. This will be my last time getting to take advantage of all that relaxin.

post #192 of 339

I'd love to hear your experiences with both!  I've been curious about the comfort of the BB as well as the longevity of it (like the sizing down thing).  And I've always wondered about the hip one!  Is it that one that laces up like a corset?

post #193 of 339
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Originally Posted by 1babysmom View Post

I'd love to hear your experiences with both!  I've been curious about the comfort of the BB as well as the longevity of it (like the sizing down thing).  And I've always wondered about the hip one!  Is it that one that laces up like a corset?

 

I've been looking at a couple of different ones, and reviews have me leaning towards the lace-up, because you can really get it tight in a way the non-lace won't - at least, that's what some people say.

post #194 of 339

1babysmom, you're the cutest !!!

post #195 of 339

Does anyone know what car seat they are getting for this baby? I just ordered two Diono Radians for my oldest kiddos, and I'm thinking of getting the Combi Coccoro for Calliope, DH wants to get an infant seat, but I really don't see the point in one.. they are used for such a short period, and they are HEAVY to lug around

post #196 of 339

A friend of mine used a binder similar to this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxOP0Fy5MEw&feature=related except that hers laced up, which was easier than all the tying and knotting. I will have to ask her how she liked it since she's been post-partum for a few months now. I think she had to order it from Singapore. I have used the Belly Bandit in the past, though not right away after birth. It did help, but I was also doing the Tupler diastasis exercises too. I think I'd rather use a full binder this time instead of just the belly bandit. from what I understand, true binding is more than pulling your tummy in- it's supposed to pull EVERYTHING in and hold it in place as you heal. It helps your organs and whatnot. It's really interesting to read about different cultures and what they do after birth, even if a lot of it seems based on superstition.

post #197 of 339
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Originally Posted by alaskanmomma View Post

Does anyone know what car seat they are getting for this baby? I just ordered two Diono Radians for my oldest kiddos, and I'm thinking of getting the Combi Coccoro for Calliope, DH wants to get an infant seat, but I really don't see the point in one.. they are used for such a short period, and they are HEAVY to lug around

 

We are getting another Graco Snugride 32.  I like the bucket seats.  I don't carry my kiddos around in them much (prefer a snuggly wrap!  Though the seat is worth it's weight in gold to me during nasty weather and our icky icky winters), but it's nice to have the option because only one of mine has been a decent sleeper and the others haven't slept well and NEVER transferred asleep. (and with DD1, that was miserable, because when she'd fall asleep, it was a rare occasion and much needed)  So it's always been especially handy for really quick in/out trips.  Ours last us well over a year with each baby though (I just start leaving it IN the car after a certain point, just like a convertible seat would be), so that helps.  

 

But we have a Radian and/or a MyRide (not sure which one baby will take and DS will use) ready for when baby (or mom LOL) outgrows the Graco.

post #198 of 339
Thread Starter 
DD will be big enough for a booster soon. So eventually Teddy will get her old convertible seat. But we're also going to get a Graco bucket. We originally didn't get one for DD, but, especially being a winter baby, found it very useful. Plus we've got one of the swings that let's you just put a Graco seat into the swing so you don't have to wake an already sleeping baby to unbuckle them and move them.
post #199 of 339

We are using a Chicco KeyFit 30 infant carseat.

 

In other news, I had an MW appointment today and was told that while the results for my diabetes test was technically under the prefered maximum it was on the high end. I had a 135. The range was 140. And with a history of there being sugar in my urine (3 times) the MW wants me to take the three hour test. I have made an appointment for Tuesday morning.

 

It totally sucks. 1. I am afraid of needles (long story) and it causes me to tense up and is (obviously) not fun 2. I have small veins and don't give a lot of blood very easily, so while I will be fasting I will have to drink a LOT of water beforehand 3. I feel guilty that I have on occasion strayed from my MW no sugar diet and feel like I did something wrong!

 

Sad times over here today.

post #200 of 339
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Originally Posted by cagnew View Post

A friend of mine used a binder similar to this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxOP0Fy5MEw&feature=related except that hers laced up, which was easier than all the tying and knotting. I will have to ask her how she liked it since she's been post-partum for a few months now. I think she had to order it from Singapore. I have used the Belly Bandit in the past, though not right away after birth. It did help, but I was also doing the Tupler diastasis exercises too. I think I'd rather use a full binder this time instead of just the belly bandit. from what I understand, true binding is more than pulling your tummy in- it's supposed to pull EVERYTHING in and hold it in place as you heal. It helps your organs and whatnot. It's really interesting to read about different cultures and what they do after birth, even if a lot of it seems based on superstition.

 

This is the one I'm thinking about getting. Well the lace up bengkung, not the tie one. It says thought that it may be hard to go to the bathroom in as it is long. I had a 3 finger width diastasis before getting pregnant so I need something.  I used a Belly Bandit after DS2 mainly because I had a horrible "empty belly" feeling when I would stand and it hurt quite a bit. But I found the Belly Bandit would ride up quite a bit. And I have bigger hips so it didn't go down far enough for me.  I want to get the bengkung and wear it all the time WHILE doing the diastastis exercises to try to flatten my tummy again and fix the muscles. And hopefully it will help with my hips. However, I'm thinking now about getting ITA-Med too for when I'm out and about so its not as bulky as the bengkung.

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