Let’s talk about belly binding. Yes! Binding your stomach post pregnancy ( or in general ) because I feel like it’s something that’s really worked for me. It’s important to say that I’m just sharing my journey- take what you like, leave what you don’t.
It’s truly helping my figure go back to how it was, pre Townes, so obviously I want to share the experience with you guys.
When I was pregnant with Zaza, I was very much into compression wear. And, well, now with townes I still am. Compression wear saved my life day after day. It helps with swelling, bloating, & works the lymphatic system too.
Think about how compression socks can get rid of cankles, but now picture that over your whole body. LOVE. Compression wear is really popular among pregnant women, postpartum women, & people who have just had surgery. It kind of trains your body to tighten inward so the whole thing just makes a lot of sense. Compression wear also supports your muscles, holds things in, & majorly helps reduce swelling.
Compression wear was staple during my whole pregnancy with Zaza, and now that Townes is here, I’m very into it again. , but now that Zaza is here, I’m still very into it.
In this post we’ll talk about a girdle, belly band & belly binding- I’ve tried it all, of course. Let’s get into all 3.
Why I Fuck With a Girdle, Belly Band & Belly Binding
This black one from Amazon is a girdle that’s good for post-pregnancy or not. You could totally wear this as shapewear, even if you haven’t had a baby. It’s black, has a touch of lace, & is definitely not the most unappealing thing I put on post-Zaza. LOL.
The pros of this girdle is that it’s stretchy & tight, but not super restrictive. You should also know that there are 4 hook & eye closures so you can adjust the size of it. This is perfect to wear under a tighter-fitting dress too. The way your body changes in pregnancy is such a mind-fuck, so to put this on, be held in in all the right places, & put on some pre-preg clothes can feel really good.
♡ Belly Band:
Big fan of this belly band. Actually I’m so into it. Kinda have them all over my house. It’s like a Velcro belt situation & has the most breathable fabric. And it’s really comfortable, let me tell ya. It’s so stretchy, but firm ( in the best way ), & you can adjust the straps to fit your body.
It’s important to note that this one can be used throughout all the postpartum stages. For instance, a week or 2 after birth you can wear it around your stomach, at 2-6 weeks after birth you can wear it around your waist only, & at 7-12 weeks you can wear it around your pelvis to support that area.
Wearing a belly band or postpartum belt can help with:
♡ a faster ‘bounceback’ rate.
♡ tummy support.
♡ reducing the enlargement of fat cells.
♡ posture & straightening your spine.
♡ compressing the uterus to return to its previous size.
♡ swelling & excess fluid removal.
♡ Belly Binding:
A couple years ago, you might have seen my chic, Barbie pink belly wrap on Instagram. BelliBind is this company that comes to your house & wraps you up. They also offer online appointments & tell you how to do it yourself so you don’t have to be in the area to use their services. You can purchase their binding materials on Amazon ( link here ) & they walk you through the rest.
Anyway, I was lucky enough that the founder, Princess came to Austin to wrap me up & show Michael how to do it too. She is such a master of her craft – which is the Malaysian tradition of bengkung belly binding.
I first heard about belly binding from Ingrid who did it with all 3 of her kids. She swore by it. Obviously I had to do it too. Now, the difference is after Zaza I did it for 5 days, but this time I’m doing it for 40 days.
Like I said, Michael learned to wrap me and every time we do it I’m cutting off ends of the strings because my uterus is totally shrinking. This works, guys. It’s such a commitment but my god it’s worth it.
Not only did Princess wrap me up, she also did a womb rub.
It’s like this gentle lymphatic drainage that reduces abdominal swelling and helps the uterus shrink quicker.
Anyway, @bellibind said that you produce a hormone called ‘relaxin’ during pregnancy ( it helps your body open for childbearing/birth ). Post birth, you continue to produce it to heal. Basically belly binding supports the natural healing process of the uterus & internal organs to find their pre-pregnancy place.
My posture has gotten WAY better & my stomach looks flatter- but, like, we still have a long way to go, ya know?
Ok, so let’s get into exactly what Princess recommended I do.
Wear the wrap for a minimum of 13 hours a day, and up to 48-60 hours, taking it off every 2-3 days to shower & exfoliate with the kit she gave me. Which deserves a moment because it’s major. The kit includes:
If anyone is interested in @bellibind, which as you can see, I fully recommend, Princess was so kind to offer TSC readers 15% with the code SKINNY at bellibind.com. Plus, she’s an author. Scope her book here to learn more about this traditional art. Because it really is in an art.
Anyway, those are the 3 things that totally work as shapewear or post-baby. But like, even if I never was pregnant, I’m into waist support.
By the way, breastfeeding has not made me lose any weight once again. Like WTF? That hasn’t been my experience at all. Speaking of breastfeeding, loving Anya lactation tea right now. If you want to try it you can use code SKINNY15 for 15% off
Just want to say again that I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do. I’m only sharing my experience & what is working for me. I’m totally listening to my body & just doing what feels good FOR ME. You do you, always.
Peace, love & girdles.
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