who's used what? there's corsets, wraps, binders, trusses...i didn't use one last time, but would like to try something this go around. who likes what?
I'm definitely vain enough to consider this (sometimes I pull up my 10wk "belly" pics" and stare longingly at my waist) but I have never been able to tolerate tight-fitting things like Spanx, or even the belly support bands that are supposed to be comfy in late pregnancy. This makes me think I'm unlikely to tolerate anything like this postpartum.
However, I have heard they can help alleviate some abdominal pain and strain, especially if you have a c-section. Is that true, BTDT moms?
I am definitely planning on binding post-partum. Last time I tried to go old school and cheap, and used ripped up strips of old sheets for binding, which did not work. Nor did the elastic c-section belt from the hospital.
I am looking at:
which has an extra bit of elastic to cinch in the waist and accommodate curves. I am also considering this generic medical style one:
but the sizing may be hard to get right. I would like to know what belts others have used and liked as well!
Now with baby number two I've decided to do it right, still just using that cheap abdominal binder (I also found an extra-small belly bandit on Craigslist for $20 that I will hopefully transition into.) I put it on a few hours after birth and have been wearing it day and night since then. I noticed a gush of blood right away when I put it on, which I think was a good thing because I declined post-partum pitocin and the nurses were going crazy trying to massage my uterus,every time they came in, even though my midwife checked me and declared my uterus to be firm and clamping down nicely with nursing.
My baby was born 48 hours ago and already I'm really impressed by how much my belly has shrunk. I birthed a 9.5 pounder this time! With my first (7lbs12oz) my belly took weeks to shrink down this much.
Before, at 40w5days
This morning, less than 48 hours after birth
After my limited experience with it, I think I might get one of the longer full corsets that goes from right below the breast down to hip level. I like the cheap post-surgery binder for lounging around in bed, but feel like it doesnt really cover enough area.
So now i've got the surgical binder lower around my hips and lower belly with the smaller belly bandit wrapped around my ribs and upper belly. I've got a Bella Band stretched out under the whole shebang, just to smooth things out and avoid itchiness from the binders directly on my skin (I had mild PUPPS during the 3rd Tri, and my belly skin is still sensitive.)