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?
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.
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.
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.