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I was doing some research last night and decided that I want to bind my belly after I have the baby. I know there are a ton of health benefits and that it is something that is culturally done in a lot of places around the world.<br><br>
I was wondering if anyone had tried it or had any suggestions about what to do/what not to do. Also, I think it's interesting and I wanted to put the idea out to anyone that hadn't heard of it in case it interests them.
 

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I've heard of belly binding, but nothing specific (I could have told you that it's done, but not why or where). What are the reasons for doing it? What are the benefits you speak of?
 

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I really want to , I just havent figured out if I am going to just wrap something around, or actually buy something made specifically for that.
 

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I did this after the birth of my second baby. I have terrible pubic symphasis pain and had purchased a support band (it's actually not just a band, it is more like a wrap with velcro so it is adjustable, and very wide so it covers your whole belly and lower back).<br><br>
After my son's birth I wore it when I was comfortable in it - most of the day - for the first week. It was such a help and very nice to keep my loose tummy in place. I think it made a big difference in my recovery.
 

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I just recently read up about this and I am sold! I think I will try buying something specific (medical device type thing), I think Motherhood or Target had one too. Many women seem to use long study scarves, which look beautiful but seem to be more work than I'm willing to do most days. Who knows? I may love the scarf too.
 

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It seems to help a lot with clotting and bleeding and with putting the organs back in place. It is also supposed to help you keep the muscles more taut so that they actually form back into place. I read that you are supposed to do it for 40 days or as long as the first year. Everyone that has done it seems to recommend it highly.<br><br>
I found a few places for it.<br><br><a href="http://www.bellybandit.com/index.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.bellybandit.com/index.aspx</a> It looks cool, but it is a little more expensive.<br><br><a href="http://ezywrap.com/c-147-post-op-abdominal-binders.aspx" target="_blank">http://ezywrap.com/c-147-post-op-abdominal-binders.aspx</a> These look like the best option. Pretty cheap and they come in different sizes. I think this is what I will be ordering either the 9 or 10 inch. I tried measuring 12 inches on my torso and it comes up past my boobs from my pubic bone, but I'm short at 5'1 on a good day.<br><br>
Additionally this looks cool <a href="http://sweetnes.ipower.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=4" target="_blank">http://sweetnes.ipower.com/shop/cart...uct_detail&p=4</a> I am a huge sewer, and I have some extra rings hanging around, so I might try to find some fabric to rig something like that. I've also made a bunch of belly bands to put over them to cover up my belly while nursing in public.<br><br>
I did a LOT of looking last night, and that seems to be the best solutions for actually buying something. Of course, you can use ACE bandages also, but I hear that they are really movable and kind of hard to keep in place.
 

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Oh.. and by the way, it looks like the Ezywrap things aren't specifically geared toward pregnant women. They seem to be geared toward people who were really fat and then lost a lot of weight. Though they do mention pregnancy, it's just not the target audience.<br><br>
That said, I read a lot on another discussion board that people really liked them postpartum.
 

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It's nice to hear I won't be the only one doing this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I have already planned on getting the Bamboo belly bandit. Its really supossed to make a HUGE difference in recovery. With the Belly bandit your supossed to take something like 4/5 inches off your pregnant belly close to your EDD. So of sourse I'm waiting to order mine until I'm into my 9th month.
 

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Is there a difference between these things and the ones that you get to wear at the gym? <a href="http://www.everlast.com/everlast-slimmer-belt.html" target="_blank">http://www.everlast.com/everlast-slimmer-belt.html</a>
 

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It's the culture in Mexico to use belly binders postpartum - they call them "fajas" (sp?). They always looked like a good idea to me... assuming they go on and off easily enough. I'm planning to pick one up for myself on my trip to Mexico City coming up on Friday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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This sounds interesting - thanks! My local maternity store sells them according to the Belly Bandit website so I'm going to check them out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hmm, do you think it would be possible to make something like the belly bandit? Would you want all the layers to be stretchy? I figure I would use a few layers, and bind it in Fold Over Elastic, and use loop fabric for the velcro area...
 

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<span style="font-family:Georgia;"><span>I purchased support panties (really high-waisted ones) from the lingerie section of Ross. I reccomend it to everyone. I didn't do it for my first babies, and I wish that I had. It helped so much with the afterpains.</span></span>
 

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I wore a support panty (stomach-holding-in panty) after my fourth child was born until I realized that my cervix had prolapsed and the binding was making it worse. (who doesn't do their kegels? that would be me.) Still, I had a black tie event 3 weeks after delivery, so I wore it a little bit more until that was overwith. After my fifth child was born, I could not wear anything even remotely binding lest it encourage the prolapse, which was quite gross. The prolapse eventually went away as my uterus shrank and the rest of my insides got back into place. But I can guarantee I'll see it again. Ugh. (on the upside, I have a doc friend whose specialty is female urology, and she swears, cheerfully, "hey, I can fix that!")
 

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Subbing because I have been considering doing this this time. (Never tried it before). If it helps with afterpains and helping your tummy return to its pre-pregnancy shape, I'm all for it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm, do you think it would be possible to make something like the belly bandit? Would you want all the layers to be stretchy? I figure I would use a few layers, and bind it in Fold Over Elastic, and use loop fabric for the velcro area...</div>
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That is what I'm thinking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Subbing because I have been considering doing this this time. (Never tried it before). If it helps with afterpains and helping your tummy return to its pre-pregnancy shape, I'm all for it!</div>
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I'm trying to remember if my tummy HAD a pre-pregancy shape ...
 

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Although not as pretty...you can ask the hospital for one of those binders!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
They look like the same thing they give me after my C-sections. They have them for most stomach surgeries. I'm sure if you mention that you want one they would get you one...at least it would be "free" to have on hand until you decide which one to buy!
 
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