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Old 07-23-2011, 05:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I plan to do belly binding and my midwives say it could help with the after pains. I can't spend the money on a fancy one so I just got some knit fabric on sale. I got two and half yard, which I know is too sort, but it is supper wide so I cut it in half and am going to surge it to one long length. How long do you think it should be? I think 5 yards would be too long and very hot... I have a small to average frame.

 

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Kind of? I'm going to use my faja. Those things are so useful! It's just a long strip of fabric, but you use it when you're not pregnant to hold your uterus in place when it's being naughty, when you're pregnant as a support and after as support. :)


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A binding is on my list (like so many other things...).  The section on belly binding in this article calls for a strip of fabric about 5 feet long, so it seems to me that 2.5 yards would actually probably be just fine.  Since you cut it in half, you could just serge the edges of one half and be good to go...


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Sarah, this seems like such a cool idea.. I'd never heard of it.  Maybe you could start with the 5' fabric, and just cut it if it feels too big?  It's also July/August, so we probably don't need quite as much "heat" as a mama would that delivered in, say, January, ykwim?

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italiamom - Your right, I do think the midwife suggested 5 feet, but for some reason I was think 5 yards (my preggo brain is in full swing!). I was staring at it thinking 'there is no way I am going to wear that mid August!' She said they would show me how to tie it and how tight to make it, but I think I am going to try using my diaper pins so it is not as bulky.


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So is there a reason why using a strip of fabric is prefferable to getting one of the elastic and velcro abdominal binders, like what they use after surgery? I just want to go with the best option, and my fear with a strip of fabric is that winding it around myself will be too much for me, and I don't think DH would be able to do a very good job of it if he tried to help. What do you guys think?

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If you can afford it, I'd probably try to buy the binder, vs. the length of fabric.  I've heard that the bought ones (like the bandit) can be less comfortable, because they can bunch or roll down, but then you also have the benefit of not having to wrap yourself/deal with long lengths of fabric, and you don't need any help putting it on.  The wrap I linked to earlier seems like it would be pretty easy to do yourself, but you never know.  I'm just planning on making my own since I already have more fabric in my house than I know what to do with.  I think if you're worried about wrapping up a long length, then go with a premade binder!  As long as it's holding your belly in, that's pretty much the only thing it needs to do...


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If cost were not a factor I would get a premade binder for ease of use.


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italiamom - Your right, I do think the midwife suggested 5 feet, but for some reason I was think 5 yards (my preggo brain is in full swing!). I was staring at it thinking 'there is no way I am going to wear that mid August!' She said they would show me how to tie it and how tight to make it, but I think I am going to try using my diaper pins so it is not as bulky.


Yeah, 5 yards in the dead of summer might be a little big hot ROTFLMAO.gif

 


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Cool, thanks for the info! I think I will get one of the elastic ones then. There are a bunch of different types on amazon that are in between $15-$25, so a lot more affordable than the belly bandit.

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