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post #41 of 65
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Originally Posted by mwherbs View Post
you know what this is before labor but she shows some of the massage and squeezing-- on youtube -- Angelina the Midwife-- there are 3 videos which are all worth watching == the massage is on #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENQkqNeXnr4
Oh, that massage looks wonderful!! I sure could use something like that now. Angelina seems like an amazing MW!!

I for sure plan on binding this time.
post #42 of 65
I totally plan on doing this when the time comes. I remember the first time I saw it was actually on TLC's Bringing Home Baby (yea, i know evil show, i know lol).

The episode was with that beautiful Ethiopian woman who had her mother fly in from Ethiopia and they were staying with her sister and their family.

I just remember seeing the reflief on her face as her post-partum doula (or was it her mother?) was binding her up. She said that she felt so much better afterwards and it made so much sense to me.
post #43 of 65
I found an alternative to the baboosh baby called The Belly Bandit which seems way more affordable and comes in bigger sizes than the baboosh baby binder.

I haven't ordered it yet - will probably do it closer to my due date.
post #44 of 65
I have something very similar to this: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...tegoryID=27305

Would that work?
post #45 of 65
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Originally Posted by Taryn237 View Post
I have something very similar to this: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...tegoryID=27305

Would that work?
I wore shaper undies and really liked the way it made me feel held in.
The thing you linked looks more like the support is higher up since there is a gap between that and your underwear. I liked the lower support.
post #46 of 65


reviving this thread, because i want to know more.
i'm days/weeks from delivering my first. i loooove the idea of belly binding so i've got some questions.

i've been wearing bella bands daily throughout the 2nd and 3rd tri for a little support. would these work, or do they have too much "give"? should i look for a typical postpartum girdle? or would i be honestly better off using an old sheet? i'd prefer to use something that i already have, instead of buying a new product.

i would like to do it in such a way that i can conceal it discreetly underneath my clothes, which would make my bella bands perfect, but i can see where they might not be "enough".

bring on the info, mamas!!
post #47 of 65
an old thread.
So, um, I'd meant to do this, but never got around to getting anything to do it, anyone know if starting at almost 7months postpartum helps anything?
post #48 of 65
No idea. I did it for one day, then just kept forgetting.
post #49 of 65
I know this is an old thread but I'm assuming some of us are re-reading it. I just wanted to add a little disclaimer:

You really shouldn't wear something tight around your middle for a long time because it can actually weaken your muscles, especially in your back. It's like your body gets used to having the support so the muscles don't maintain. Like having a limb in a cast, you know? Anyway it can be really bad for your back - one day you go to pick up your LO and your back gives out! Just...be careful, is all. Maybe don't wear it at night, and try not to wear it for more than a month or two total.

(I give health workshops to local businesses like Home Depot and the guys are always walking around with those lifting belts on - I always tell them the same thing. Great for when you're ACTUALLY lifting something, NOT for all-day support!)
post #50 of 65
That's so interesting. I thought that feeling was only because I had a c-section. I LOVED the binder thing the hospital gave me. I wore it for a couple of weeks, I think. It felt great. It was a giant elastic girdle that fastened in the front/side with a huge piece of velcro. It felt really good to put it on lying down (so the organs would go back in place, I guess?). Too bad I got rid of it. I'll have to ask for one after the VBAC!
post #51 of 65

belly binding-DO IT!

I was skeptical when I originally looked into belly binding as well. I did my research and found that these things are not dangerous and actually do work. I was looking on websites and calling the companies to ask all my questions. I used Belly Bandit, their product was made by a mom with the same problem as us, I spoke to her personally and she really believed in it. I bought the bamboo one because it was the softest one they carried (perfect for me, because I had a c-section) and couldn’t believe how this thing really worked. It gave me good posture; I wore it under my clothes and could see myself losing inches.
post #52 of 65
jennybean6 (or any one else)-

I'm also thinking about getting the bamboo Belly Bandit. How soon after your c-section did you start wearing it and for how long? I've had two c-sections and the hospital never gave me any kind of support but this time I really want to try it!

Thanks!
post #53 of 65

Belly-binding during pregnancy

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Originally Posted by sevenkids View Post
I'm a big proponent of belly-binding in pregnancy and postpartum. I recommend all my mama get a nice wide support belt for pregnancy and some kind of girdle or support panties for postpartum. I see less malpositioned babies, less back aches, less hip pain, and less varicosities in pregnancy, and moms feel so much stronger after birth if they wear supportive undergarments.(that sounds soooo Victorian!) That feeling of walking around like your organs are falling out is because they are actually falling back into place after being squished out of the way by the growing uterus.
I am very interested in finding more information on belly-binding during pregnancy. Have you done it during your pregnancies? Is it safe? Are you referring to the belly belts or actually binding of the belly?

Thanks for any help!
post #54 of 65
I'm another one who is interested in prenatal belly binding-- specifically what is the best thing to use. My baby is currently breech (#5 almost 28 weeks and I've never had a breech anytime throughout any of my other pregnancies). My midwife has suggested belly binding to keep things tighter, hopefully convincing baby to turn. I've been scouring the internet for info, how to's, what to use, etc., mostly I find post-partum info (not a bad thing, just not what I'm looking for right now). There's a lot of good info here, but would so appreciate any links or info on prenatal stuff. Oh, in the meantime, I've been using my Tummy Sleeve (like bella band, I guess), but I'm afraid it's not providing enough tightness. Anyone else that's used the same type thing with success?

Thanks!
Holly
post #55 of 65
post #56 of 65

I'm trying to re-revive this old thread here, but I really want to know more about this too!  Have any of the authors of the older posts got some belly-binding experience to pass on now??

 

I'm only just 4 months into my 2nd pregnancy, but already feeling sore, saggy, and loose about the joints.  I know that in some places, at least, women bind their midsections for much of the pregnacy, and I'd like to try it, but I'd like to know more first.  Haven't had much luck through Google searches.

post #57 of 65

 

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You really shouldn't wear something tight around your middle for a long time because it can actually weaken your muscles, especially in your back. It's like your body gets used to having the support so the muscles don't maintain. Like having a limb in a cast, you know? Anyway it can be really bad for your back - one day you go to pick up your LO and your back gives out! Just...be careful, is all. Maybe don't wear it at night, and try not to wear it for more than a month or two total.

Hrmm. I'm not sure it's quite that dramatic. I read a website once by a tight-lacer (lady who made and wore proper Victorian wasp-waisted corsets), and she said that even after wearing tight laces for months at a time, she only experienced a slight reduction in core strength - and could still hike, run and do other fitness-type activities just fine. And that's WAY tighter than a belly band would be. It's not something I'd really worry about....

post #58 of 65

I don't know about during pregnancy, but I know the Tupler Technique (an exercise program specifically designed to minimize the formation of diastasis recti during pregnancy and to close diastasis recti after pregnancy) recommends "splinting" which is basically post-partum belly binding.  I didn't use her advice on splinting/binding but I can say the exercises work really well so I'd be inclined to trust her on binding too.  You can check out the info she has here.

 

Plus, belly binding makes a lot of sense!

post #59 of 65
The link did not work for me. :(
post #60 of 65

so with the long cloth, do you tuck it after you wrap it?

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