The #1 secret to returning to pre-baby size in just a few weeks -wear a postpartum recovery girdle! If you’re pregnant, a brand new mom or know one, this is a MUST HAVE for after giving birth!
Wearing a postpartum girdle helps to alleviate symptoms associated with post delivery stress in your body, alleviates discomfort, helps shrink the belly back to its pre-pregnancy shape by compressing the abdominal muscles (facilitating reverse tissue expansion) and diminishing uterine swelling. Also, consistently wearing a postpartum girdle provides lower back support and assists with alleviating pain. There are others benefits like lessening postpartum bleeding, allowing excess to leave the body while your uterus returns to it’s normal size and location. Compression is also good for eliminating excess water from your body (edema).
The concept isn’t new!! Women have been binding up their postpartum bellies for years upon years. Ask many grandmothers and they’ll confirm! All around the world this is a practice as well. Pregnancy, labor and delivery takes a huge toll on a woman’s body. From bones breaking and muscles expanding and organs moving out of place, there’s a lot that takes place over the course of 9 months and the hours until your sweet baby is out of the womb and in your arms! So, there’s a lot that you have to do to heal and get things back into their proper place so that you feel like yourself again.
WHICH ONE TO GET?
There are many to choose from so it’s best to shop around to find the one that’s best for you. From the corset design to snaps to velcro ends like the one in the picture above, choose one that you believe will be most comfortable for you. And the sooner the better! After birth, you’ll notice that many nurses will come and check on your belly, the amount of bleeding expelling the body and the progress of the uterus returning to size and location. It’s a great idea to have your postpartum girdle packed in your hospital bag ready to wear starting the last hours before discharge. You’re going to want to wear it all day even while sleeping and especially while up and about. You decide on how long you’ll wear the postpartum girdle but best results are seen if worn immediately through the first 3 months.
Like anything that affects your body -talk to your doctor! Wearing a postpartum belt or girdle is not an answer to medical concerns but a supplement. Every woman is different and so is every pregnancy and labor delivery. Consider your own personal experience and incorporate supplements to your recovery according to what you’re comfortable with.