Have you had a baby or are you about to pop that first baby out? Have you checked out the post baby belly picture gallery on babycenter.com? After looking at some wrinkly, stretch marked, pendulous tummies you might be scared. … dare I say it… for good reason. *gasp*
(but clearly totally worth it!)
You may or may not have heard about this trend of wrapping your belly post partum. Is it going to undoubtedly get you back into your pre-baby jeans a few weeks later. I’m going to go with – no.
This pregnancy, facing my third c-section in 3 years I wanted two things. I wanted people not to innocently ask me “when are you due”, while I am holding my 1 month old baby. And I wanted less back pain postpartum. With my first two pregnancies, within a few days of leaving the hospital, I was in tears putting on my underwear, (not just cuz they were that uh-gly) and needed help walking to the bathroom. … giving birth is so glamorous.
I dove right in to this trend. I bought the least expensive option though. It went on as soon as I got home from the hospital. I noticed right away that it really helped reduce the uterine bulge within days. So I didn’t look pregnant!! I felt a lot more confident leaving the house. Mission accomplished. I also felt a lot of relief on my back, and had little to no back discomfort. When I wasn’t wearing it, I really noticed how much support it was providing me. The long stashed away chiropractor inside me was smiling.
The negatives I found were that it was very weird to wear the band underneath clothes. There were a lot of strange lumps and bumps. There were also a few times that I found it irritated my c-section incision.
When I ordered my belly band, I also got a hip binder. I would not recommend wasting your money on this. I really really really wanted to love the product, because these hips just keep widening to prepare for natural births that never happen. These hips DO lie (ack, sorry, couldn’t resist). I could never get it to stay in place, and it was too annoying to remove every time I had to use the bathroom. … let’s face it, with 2 toddlers and a newborn, this lady does not need any more hassles trying to pee!
Now, at just over 6 weeks postpartum, do I look any different than the other two deliveries? …. Nope. But would I do it again? Definitely. I was a lot more comfortable chasing little people around.
As a disclaimer, I wore the belly band 24 hours a day, from about 3 days postpartum, until I hit 5 weeks postpartum. At 5 weeks, I started to wean myself of the postpartum wrap. At 6 weeks postpartum, I was happy to completely ditch the belly band.