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So....I heard women talking about banding/wrapping their mid sections after the baby comes..I guess they say it helps to get your tummy flat again?<br><br>
I don't see how it could possibly be, that it would help your belly go flat again...it seems like it could help to feel less "hangy", will wearing my belly band help in the same way, to feel a little more tucked in and not so lumpy?Does anyone here know anything about this, if it is safe, etc.?<br><br>
I just can't understand, from a physical standpoint, how it would be able to actually help your muscle tone??
 

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I wrapped my belly up for about a week or two after DS was born, at the suggestion of a friend and one of my midwives. My midwife explained to me that wrapping or otherwise "binding" the belly helps the muscles to "remember" where they used to be so. It seemed to really help with my muscles since my belly wasn't very hang-y or flabby past 3 weeks or so (if I remember correctly). Another plus side of it was that it helped me NOT to feel like I had been hit by a train whenever I'd try to get up and walk around. I don't know if it helped to put pressure on all of my internal organs that were shifting around, but it just helped me to not get so winded during my early post-partum recovery.<br><br>
My midwife did warn, however, not to bind your belly longer than a few weeks since that could cause the muscles to atrophy. Again, DS was born 27 months ago so I'm probably very rusty on all these details. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wrapped my belly up for about a week or two after DS was born, at the suggestion of a friend and one of my midwives. My midwife explained to me that wrapping or otherwise "binding" the belly helps the muscles to "remember" where they used to be so. It seemed to really help with my muscles since my belly wasn't very hang-y or flabby past 3 weeks or so (if I remember correctly). Another plus side of it was that it helped me NOT to feel like I had been hit by a train whenever I'd try to get up and walk around. I don't know if it helped to put pressure on all of my internal organs that were shifting around, but it just helped me to not get so winded during my early post-partum recovery.<br><br>
My midwife did warn, however, not to bind your belly longer than a few weeks since that could cause the muscles to atrophy. Again, DS was born 27 months ago so I'm probably very rusty on all these details. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"></div>
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Thanks for the info...I think I'll try it. I don't really want to do it too tight though...but I can imagine it would feel pretty good. I know that right now, with my belly getting so big, my bella band feels better than ever...it just feels like my belly is supported and I like it. I can imagine that the band, PP, would help me to not feel so empty and hangy.<br><br>
Thanks again...I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't one of those things that is accepted by the mainstream but that is really not very good for your body, you know! <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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When would one begin doing this? Right after birth and cleaning up and showering? Or the next day?
 

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I wore my Bella Band all the time PP, right from the start. It really helped me feel better about my body, not to mention helping me with clothing issues. I didn't do it for the "getting a belly back faster" (wasn't even aware of it and not sure how convinced I am LOL), but it definitely made things nicer for me.
 

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I think I started wrapping they day of DS' birth--probably about 10 or so hours after the fact. I just used a Didy wrap and wrapped starting at my hips (and that felt sooooo good!) to the bottom of my breasts. I'm thinking I'll use more of a belly band-type things this go 'round since the wrap was really bulky and I had to keep re-tying it after I'd go to the bathroom etc.<br><br>
Anyway, the midwife who recommended witnessed many women wrap their bellies when she lived and offered her midwifery services in rural Mexico--so I know it's not *just* a weird Western ideal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I wore a band the next day PP for about 2 weeks and I noticed an amazing difference. It did feel good to keep the area tight and supported. It helped my core and back. Plus it did make my stomach go flat again. Others have commented on why my stomach is so flat and I always recommend it. My mother told me about it and my grandmother told her.
 

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AmamaAgain~ I'm not sure if belly wrapping is recommended or not for a c-section. I would assume it would be okay as long as you gave your incision plenty of breathing room so it could heal properly. But don't take my word for it, because I'm nowhere close to 100% positive.
 

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You need to ask your doc about belly binding after a c-section although I can't imagine it would be bad if you don't do it too tight. I did this for a few weeks after giving birth and it felt SOOOO good. It really felt like it helped my organs try to find their way back to the right spots and it provided such nice support. I highly recommend it.<br>
Oh, one more thing...my stomach is flat too. I have no idea if this had anything to do with it but even though I still have some fat to lose in my stomach area my stomach is still flat and I have no pooch.
 

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I think I will definitely try this out. Unfortunately a belly band in July may be a little hot!!
 

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Amamaagain, I had a c-section and my doctor told me to wear a special type of girdle for 2 weeks beginning as soon as I got up for the first time. Here in Italy it's called a fascia, which translates as band. It was basically a sturdy elasticized band that fastened around the abdomen with velcro, so not so different from wrapping. It made so much difference- without it I felt like my organs were going to fall out of my body, ugh. I wore it for three weeks because I didn't feel ready after two. Then I actually wore a girdle for another few weeks. At six weeks my belly was very near back to normal, still a bit bigger and softer, but I could fit into all but the tightest of my pre-pregnancy clothes.<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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I can't tell you how much I wish I'd had something like that after my section. I walked around in tears with a pillow over my belly for a week.
 

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I was thinking about this too. I saw it on TV somewhere and they were talking about how traditional cultures do it.<br><br>
It seems to make sense to me. I'm overweight and have enough "hangy" flesh that I know I could use some support.<br><br>
I'm not sure about the c-section. I bet it would feel nice to have the support. Like another said I held a pillow on my stomach a lot of the time to help with coughing, laughing, or just support while I moved around.
 

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Thank you ladies for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I have thought about this and can't see how it could hurt to try...if it doesn't feel right I won't do it, but to tell you the truth....I love my bella band now and was kind of mourning the thought of not having that hugging feeling around my midsection. I think I will need the feeling even more after I give birth...I feel like maybe I'll feel empty and hangy.<br><br>
I have decided to call it "mommy tummy hugging" instead of belly wrapping. So yes, I will "tummy hug" after birth and will write back about my experiences. Oh, and I don't know if it will make my tummy flat again or if some of you mommas are just lucky....but if it makes me flatten up, heck, I'll take it!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">:
 

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Be sure to let us know how it goes. <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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Would something like a bella band work, or should it be tighter? How tight should it be?
 

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My MW told me I would probably need a waist cincher type girdle after the babe gets here since my back pain is so bad now, it's supposed to be equally bad after the birth.
 

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This is very common in most Hispanic cultures. Most of my friends use a girdle right after giving birth to help things get back on track. I'm probably gonna get a velcro wrap.
 
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