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#1 of 8 Old 08-04-2010, 08:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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is this? I was over lurking in the other pregnancy area and read something about this to help put your tummy back into shape after birth. Does anyone know about this?

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belly binding, it's fabulous! I did it after my second and it felt so good and helped my belly move back in sooner. I should have continued it longer but I was just using a wrap because that's what I had on hand when I felt like my innards were falling out and needed the support. This time I'm looking at getting a true support band or making my own. It was so wonderful to have that support when my muscles couldn't do it.

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Some of it looks good...and some of it looks way too stiff and constricting! The Belly Bandit is the one I've heard the most about, but I think I'm just going to use the Belly Band thing that you can use to hold your maternity pants up. Some of them claim to be stiff enough to move your pelvis back together...um, no thanks. Maybe after we are completely done having babies, but not till then!

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I've not tried it, but I am very interested in it.

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Emily, the belly bandit isn't going to give you the support that belly binding is intended to do. Many cultures bind post birth. All I can say from my experience that it wasn't too bad after my first, but with my second, I felt like my insides were falling out and it was a disturbing feeling. I grabbed a baby wrap, laid on it and rolled myself up. It was a little constricting to sit, but mostly just because I was using so much fabric. It felt so, so, so good. I agree that there are some more extreme ways to go about it though.

I believe that the most common reason for binding is to suppport the stomach muscles as everything moves back into it's prepregnancy place. The abdominals are so stretched that it can be really hard on your back as this adjustment happens. I felt like binding made this process happen more quickly and more comfortably. I do think you can bind tightly to push the pelvis back in and those more extreme things, but for me, it's for comfort. It's a huge bonus that it helped me get into prepregnancy clothes more quickly though!

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i read the reviews for the bely bandit on amazon and many were not good. they said it stretched out/didn't hold shape for very long. hmm. anyone have experience with a better product/brand?

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I have read that a cut up bed sheet does fine. Too bad about the Belly Bandit reviews, that was the one I was looking at. I may try a DIY binder, spending $50+ at Christmas time on one might be a bit much.

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