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i know there was a thread about this a while back, or a mention of it, but i wasn't paying attn. now i'm looking at my huge bump and wondering if i'll ever look "normal" again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.<br><br>
have any of you used the <a href="http://www.bellybandit.com/store/p-20-belly-bandit-bamboo.aspx" target="_blank">belly bandit</a>? i am curious, and if it seems effective i'm willing to shell out the $60+ bucks, but i'm afraid it'll do nothing.<br><br>
what do others use to belly bind?<br><br>
my abs took a LONG time to come back. and i had bladder and anus prolapse (they were literally falling out of my vagina) after pushing my 10lb girl out for 3+ hours last birth...i'd love some support.<br><br>
any advice is wonderful. thanks!
 

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Oh, that sounds rough! I don't want to spend $60, but I do want to get something. Not sure what I'll do yet.
 

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my mom brought this up a few months ago as something she insists i do (gotta listen to my momma) she said just a tight band will do.<br><br>
by now i have realized that they put the word "maternity" on it and crank up the price<br><br>
we saw some velcro belly band things at target that were cheap, it was a few months ago but they were just in the lingerie section, with like, spanx and gertles. haha
 

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I have an asian friend whose mother SWORE by this. She's always done it and she's a size ZERO before AND after 5 kids! Apparently that's something they just DO in Korea, interesting, no?<br><br>
I was thinking I'd just use my Bellaband afterwards, but it's totally doing the roll up roll down thing over my flab - yuck! Maybe I will wear spanx for awhile! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Maybe I'll wait until after the flow has stopped though, that sure would be a pain to deal with in ADDITION to the pads, right?
 

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Maybe I'm strange, but I can't tolerate anything remotely snug right after I have a baby, so they seem like they'd be torture devices to me....
 

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i got one. i heard they work, we'll see. i also wonder if i will be able to tolerate this on my belly right after, it's worth a try IMO.
 

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I just got a bamboo Belly Bandit to try on my midwife's recommendation. I remember feeling like my guts were going to fall out after DD was born, so I think the support might feel nice.
 

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So glad someone started this thread, I've been thinking about this esp as this is my second and I hear things just don't go back in they way they did the first time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. Will have to check out Target for the cheapo version.
 

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I did some research on this before... I scoured all of the posts about it and made a list of the different products out there to help with this <a href="http://westmama.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/postpartum-belly-binding/" target="_blank">http://westmama.wordpress.com/2009/0...belly-binding/</a>
 

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I use a variety of stuff.<br><br>
For the tummy muscles (which are totally shot for the first week or so), I use a Belly Bandit (bamboo). I need something to help with my posture because it is so wrecked at first.<br><br>
For the crotch looseness (that weird feeling where srsly it feels like my uterus is just going to fall out) and hip/pelvic looseness, I use Spanx or control-top panties and/or bicycle shorts. These also help hold the ginormous pads during the first few days!<br><br>
When things start getting better, I find that my maternity BeBand is actually pretty helpful too. It doesn't really hold anything tightly, but it does give a feeling of support from my waist through my upper thighs, just enough to count.
 

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thanks so much to that link to you blog, west's mama. it was just want i wanted!<br><br>
let's hope soemthing works this time. i feel huge!
 

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If you want to go for gold, you could try spanx <a href="http://www.spanx.com/home/index.jsp" target="_blank">http://www.spanx.com/home/index.jsp</a><br><br>
I didn't feel to bad after DS was born. I have had abdominal surgery in the past however, and would have been totally grateful for the "held together" feeling one of these things would provide. It literally felt like my guts were going to fall out!!! Sneezing and coughing was scary!
 

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I ordered the bamboo belly bandit, my mw used it recently and recommended it when we mentioned I was considering belly binding this time. I think something like a moby wrap etc would also be effective, you would need someone to help you. I found instructions online a while ago about how to bind with cloth, I just googled and it came up. I got the belly bandit because I am lazy and don't want the extra bulk of cloth/fabric binding. I chose the bamboo one because it is supposed to be more breathable and sweating post partum is a huge problem for me! I hate the feeling that my insides are going to fall out and the afterpains are worse than the labour, I am really hoping it helps with those!
 

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Hmmm....now you ladies have me thinking. I didn't want to spend any more money!<br><br>
Medela makes one and I think they have it at Babies R Us (where I have oodles of gift cards). Any feedback on that one??
 

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that's what i have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I got a pair of Spanx yesterday to wear starting on Monday - MW feels that they will help with baby positioning and support... if I don't like 'em, I'll still have them for pp.<br><br>
I tried a support belt and it was super uncomfortable while I was at work... hoping these work better (or baby comes sooner than later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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I bought a shape-wear type pull on "waist cincher" yesterday at Target for about $15. I've never tried wearing anything post-partum before. We'll see. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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They have medical grade ones that are fairly cheap. Like under $20. Those work just as well as the expensive ones. I've heard the Target one is decent too. My friend just had a baby and ordered one from a medical website and she said she would never do it again without one. She said it helped tremendously and she wishes she had bought two so she could wear one while washing the other. I'm definitely planning on doing this!
 

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I think the one at target is for while you are pregnant, it helps keep your pants up and feel like everything is in place. The belly bandit is something I recommend, depending on how sore you are it may seem great at first, but it is the only thing I’ve found where it is not just holding everything in, it’s actually working and helping to compress your pp tummy. Google and look around compression, and binding, there is a bunch of info on it! I got the original my first time (cause I was being cheap) and when I moved down a size I got the bamboo because I wore mine a lot and appreciated the extra comfort, the bamboo is the softest one they have I think! Hope that helps a little.
 

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Thanks for this thread! I borrowed a belly binder from a friend who got it from the hospital after having her baby. Beats spending $60! I didn't do it last time because I had never heard of it but am looking forward to giving it a try this time. It is just like this one: <a href="http://www.medicalsupplygroup.com/ORTHOPEDICS/BACK_ABDOMINAL_SUPPORTS/ISG55512ABL/product.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.medicalsupplygroup.com/OR...L/product.aspx</a>
 
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