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Post-Partum Belly Binding aka belly bands

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Is anyone or has anyone done belly binding or used a belly band for their postpartum time? 

 

I just heard about this and am intrigued. I can't find any reason NOT to do it so I'm thinking of doing it. Anyone else?

post #2 of 11

I'm definitely into doing it but haven't really done any research yet... Would love to hear from others who are planning to or have done it before:) Thanks for starting this thread Mama Ana:)

post #3 of 11
Glad to see this conversation start back up! I'm very interested. Here's an older thread from this ddc: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1381652/postpartum-belly-binding
post #4 of 11
I don't know much about it but my intuition says that external support (like from a band) probably makes muscles weaker, not stronger. Am I wrong?
post #5 of 11

I think the point of the bands is not about the muscles, but about helping place everything "in its place" so that it's easier for the body to heal. And muscle tone will come from normal activity.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by chispita View Post

I think the point of the bands is not about the muscles, but about helping place everything "in its place" so that it's easier for the body to heal. And muscle tone will come from normal activity.

 

This is partially true. If anyone has an abdominal separation following pregnancy, which most women have from one degree to another, some bands or splints do pull the muscles back together to provide support while the shallow connective tissue heals. It also helps while the woman should be doing rehab exercises to reduce the separation. There is a lot of good info in Losing Your Mummy Tummy, about the Tupler technique, and also at Tupler's website www.diastasisrehab.com. I have a lot of work to do after this pregnancy, and worked on it a lot following my last two pregnancies.   I have the Tupler splint to wear at night and have another one to wear when out.

 

Some women do not struggle with this at all, and I'm jealous!  I have a pregnant looking belly when not pregnant, because of the separation.  Doing ab exercises makes it worse, and doing the Tupler exercises makes it better.

 

Most bands only compress and do not bring the muscles together, and that does help some for those who don't really deal with a separation. A simple band would support while the organs get back into place and the muscles go back to their pre-pregnancy state. 

post #7 of 11
Interesting info! So is it good to wrap or not? I look very pregnant for months (years really) and had terrible back ache after birth last time so I'm assuming belly wrapping would help. Though I don't want to spend $50 on a girdle as I've NEVER found them comfy. I was planning on using my maternity hosiery or a Bellaband. I might make one I can tie up. I'll also be baby wearing a lot so having too much wrapped around my body might be really annoying.

I know I've heard of many women in many other cultures belly wrapping routinely and have heard from many moms it really helps flatten things out faster. Is this women who did not have the diastisis then? It's pretty common so I assume so. Two midwives I interviewed told me exactly what you are saying-- that ab exercises DO NOT help. Before or after. It's convinced me after doing some googling that I'm going to not worry so much (well haven't at all) this pregnancy about ab work and trust my body to tell me if its right or not.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I haven't found anything to say they are bad. I mostly see women talking about the benefits. You only wear them for a short time, like 6 weeks or so. 

Other cultures seem to do it regardless if a person has diastisis. 

post #9 of 11

I bought the upsie belly bandit for my back and hip pain - and because it has a spot for the hot/cold pack that comes with it. It can be used post pregnancy to tighten everything up. I remember after my loss - that when my milk came in - I had TERRIBLE cramping. I used a similar band to hold everything up and it lessened the pain a great deal. MY stomach also went down pretty fast. I was huge because I had fibroids that were bigger than the baby. 

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Thebyr View Post

I bought the upsie belly bandit for my back and hip pain - and because it has a spot for the hot/cold pack that comes with it. It can be used post pregnancy to tighten everything up. I remember after my loss - that when my milk came in - I had TERRIBLE cramping. I used a similar band to hold everything up and it lessened the pain a great deal. MY stomach also went down pretty fast. I was huge because I had fibroids that were bigger than the baby. 

Wow thank you for sharing and I'm sorry for your loss. Would you mind sharing how much you spent on the bandit? Was it hard to wear under clothes? The space for an ice pack is genius! I am going to google it as well but thought you'd have more info.
post #11 of 11

Thanks Tilly! 

 

The band is originally $69.99 at Buybuybaby... but I used a 20% off coupon and spent $59.13 after tax. Not bad since the regular belly bandit for post birth is $59 and this serves a duel purpose. It's actually not THAT noticeable under clothing. I wear a lot of maxi skirts and t-shirts to work and no one has mentioned it. I got the beige instead of the black and so far so good. It's not extremely bulky and doesn't roll - which I like. It's been really hot here - and I haven't noticed a ton of extra heat from it either. It's made of bamboo cotton so it's really soft against my belly. If I think of anything else - I'll let you know.

 

Also - it's pretty wide. The top kinda hits mid-back and the bottom - right past my hips.. so it helps squeeze them together as well.

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