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#1 of 11 Old 08-11-2011, 06:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was wondering if any other mothers used the post partum belly bands and your opinion on them .Call me vain but before i got pregnant I had washboard abs and REALLY REALLY want that back again, or as close to it as I can get. I have been dealing with polyhydramnios, so Im worried Im really stretched out ( luckily though, knock on wood, no stretch marks yet....). Any brands you recommend? Anyone notice a difference?

 

I was looking at this one because it was on Tyra's show on "What they dont tell you about the first year after baby" . They featured this one:

 

http://www.byanew.com/post-preggo.html?SID=e930e30d1c732df4d7add348f7fdd106

 

If anything, Im thinking it will help me mentally..... hopefully my torso to knee spanx still fit.....

 


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i got one of eBay much cheaper, and it looks like it will be great, although i wasn't sure if it would fit me right away.  so i bought another stretchier Jolly Jumper one at Walmart that will work until the other one fits.  :)


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I didn't use a belly band with my first daughter, but I suggest you go to amazon.com. It's the best place to start to get a lot of input and reviews from moms who have tried different types of bands. 

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I'm sure there are some good products out there just for this purpose, but I used a wide, 6 ft long Ace bandage starting just a day or two after birth and it worked so well. My tummy went back to being flat really quickly and then once I was able to start exercising in earnest I was able to get my muscle tone back. My midwife was pretty adamant that I do this (along with spending the first week postpartum in or around the bed and the second week at home) to get all my internal organs back to their proper place and help my stomach muscles recover as they had separated some.

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I've heard great things and plan to get one... In fact, I was shopping for one online and discovered they also sell ones that wrap your hips to "return them to size."  ???  I mean, obviously you can't wear BOTH, right?

 

What I have heard about the belly ones is that it really isn't just vanity - it's great support for your stretched muscles and helps you keep good posture/avoid a sore back when breastfeeding.  So if it comes down to belly band vs. hip band, I know which i would choose.  I'd just never heard of the hip bands before.  Anyone else?


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for cosmetic or health reasons?

 

I used our snuggly wrap starting a week post partum. It's actually the perfect width (although a little long) if you're wanting to help your tummy and hips go down to size gradually it's important you wrap from an inch or two under your breasts to about midway down your butt. The entire area needs to be supported - you're trying to support your organs etc that your stretched out abs can't help anymore.

I wrapped twice a day and slathered EVO mixed with ylang ylang on my tummy, thighs, butt. I got back into pre-prego state fairly quickly. Walking around without feeling like I needed to hold my 'gut' helped. and as PP said, it definitely helped with breastfeeding posture.

 

You want it snug enough to feel like your posture is superb!

 

 

I say go with a cotton piece of cloth with just a little stretch - like any babywearing wrap.

 

 

Hope this helps.

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I bought the Brooke Burke one this time, I didn't use one with my first, didn't even know they existed.  I found with nursing I actually felt somewhat comfortable being back in a bikini at 4 months postpartum, so things actually do go back quite quickly on their own.  Still I think the added support is a good thing, and my midwives agreed that they can be helpful, not necessary, but helpful. 

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I picked up a used "belly bandit" to try this time. While I don't have any illusions of "washboard abs" in my future, this is my fourth baby, and I have a moderate dyastasis (separation of the facia that connects my abs down the midline) and I want to see if the added support will encourage that to come back together more easily. If I find it terribly uncomfortable, though, my resolve to use it is pretty weak. But we'll see...worth a try.
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I got the Shrinkx hips hip binder, and the motherhood brand of belly binder. It's really soft and breathable, and looks like it will fit nicely:)

 

http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=914950113&MasterCategory_Id=MC32

 


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@LadyJennifer, do you think you will/can wear both the Shrinkx and the belly binder at the same time?  Those are the two i was looking at.  I'm not sure how much hardware I can get tucked into!!


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@LadyJennifer, do you think you will/can wear both the Shrinkx and the belly binder at the same time?  Those are the two i was looking at.  I'm not sure how much hardware I can get tucked into!!



Planning on it! the hip thing goes around your hips a bit lower, whereas the belly binder is just around the abdoman. I somewhat tried them on, and it should work!:)

 


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