Did you give birth to your baby recently? Congratulations! It’s important to be fair to yourself before you start worrying about having your body back or simply returning to your prior routine.
Consider taking a few moments to enjoy the newborn’s scent, pamper yourself, and allow others to help you out. In the first two to three weeks following birth, the more rest and recuperation you can give yourself, the better you’ll feel and heal in the long run.
You may want to explore belly binding when you’re ready to start working out again. This procedure is intended to make postpartum recovery a little simpler and may also help your body heal faster.
This article explains all about postpartum belly binding, its benefits, and the best way to do it.
How does postpartum belly binding work?
You may think that belly binding is a modern treatment option, however, it has been used for millennia by people all over the world.
In a nutshell, belly binding entails securing a piece of fabric (often cotton) around your stomach area. In order to keep your abdomen in place, the material is usually pulled tight around your body.
As your body continues to undergo changes after delivering a baby, this assistance may be beneficial in promoting healthy healing.
The present-day belly binding options include everything from simple muslin cloth to postpartum girdles made of a wide variety of materials.
Watch this DIY Video from Babycenter on how to bind your belly after birth.
What are the benefits of postpartum belly binding?
Hold muscles in place
When you’re pregnant, your inside organs swell and shift to create a place for the growing fetus within. When you’re pregnant, hormones relax your pelvic floor muscles, which can cause discomfort. After having a kid, this might cause you to leak urine.
Use a prenatal belly wrap to aid in the healing process by providing some gentle compression.
When you’re pregnant, your uterus grows and presses on the two huge muscles that run along each side of your stomach. Diastasis rectus is a medical term for this. Eight weeks after giving birth, your divided abdominal muscles should have naturally reattached.
Muscles can be compressed and supported as they return to their original positions with the help of a wrap. Diastasis recti are not cured by a postpartum belly band. After eight weeks, if you still have a gap between your muscles, you may develop diastasis recti.
Dangers of postpartum belly binding
There are other options for achieving a beautiful hourglass figure than postpartum belly binding. As a result of the impact of Instagram influencers and celebrities, waist training is now widely accepted as a realistic method of weight loss and physical improvement. These assertions, however, are negative when you view it from a medical perspective.
Extreme tightness in the belly
The purpose of belly binding is to support your spine and pelvic floor while holding your tummy in place comfortably.
When you wear a binder that is excessively tight, it might put too much pressure on your pelvic floor, which can contribute to pelvic pain. The risk of prolapse and hernias is high if this happens.
If you can’t breathe regularly while wearing your belly binding, it’s an indication that it’s too tight. Take the binder off and re-adjust if you have to take short breaths while wearing it.
Remember that compression is natural when wearing a binder, but it should not be so tight that you are unable to move or function normally.
Latex is a common material used in waist trainers which promotes water loss when worn while working out. That lost weight will return once you begin rehydrating.
Medical professionals, on the other hand, strongly advise against the usage of waist trainers, especially during the recovery period following childbirth. Breathing difficulties and organ damage can occur if a mask is worn too frequently or too firmly. You may also get heartburn and acid reflux if you wear a waist trainer too firmly.
How to safely use postpartum belly binding
If you’re going to wear a postpartum belly binding, start at the hips and wrap all the way up using an elastic band. Prolapse can occur as a result of the pelvic floor being pressed lower by the incorrect manner of wrapping.
All-day use of a belly wrap is not advisable. Your abdominal muscles may weaken if you use a wrap for too long. When it comes to using postpartum belly binding, moderation is the key.