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, so obviously I want to share the experience with the TSC community.
When I was pregnant, I was very much into compression wear…& well, as you can see from this post, 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, 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! Let’s get into all 3.
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’ve 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. It’s like a Velcro belt situation & has the most breathable fabric. 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:
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.
Anyway, @bellybind 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? Oh, & you can also buy these similar wraps on Etsy.
Anyway, those are the 3 things I’ve been using to wrap my belly every day. AND LIKE, even if I never was pregnant, I’m into waist support.
By the way, breastfeeding has not made me lose any weight. WTF is everyone talking about here? That hasn’t been my experience at all.
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.
+ why I’m obsessed with compression wear.
++ my experience with pregnancy weight gain.