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Old 10-11-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Been doing some reading in the postpartum area and it seems there are tons of belly binders, tummy wraps and other support thingies. Has anyone used a postpartum support band of any kind? If so, what kind and did you like it?


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Old 10-11-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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I have a fabric strip I had someone on another forum cut to size for me based on instructions in a natural health book belly wrapping after birth. I'll be using that with diaper pins like I did after my youngest daughter's birth.

Originally I was going to have c-section with Kadie and read how supports can help heal the body and help recovery. My ob with Kadie would have given me a support after the c-section, but I decided to wrap instead. One of the things great about the fabric wrap is that you can fold it down or unfold it if you have shorter torso, most supports I looked at didn't adjust width-wise. A fabric wrap may also offer you more versatility with sizing and comfort...I know for me on somedays I felt more comfortable with it tighter/looser than others. Also, it fit perfectly from when I started to when I finished belly wrapping even though I was significantly larger/smaller. In a nutshell, I decided to wrap instead of a post-partum support figuring it would be more comfortable, more versatile size-wise and cheaper. The woman that cut the fabric picked one that was white (so I could bleach it if I had to) but also a bamboo cotton mixture, I think it was, because it resists all sorts of yucky stuff but was soft. We ended up not having a c-section but I wrapped anyway, for the benefits after vaginal birth.

I think it did help with the tummy and lower back support...I had back pain and my back felt a little...woobly...from the epi I think. The counter pressure also helped the cramps (and helped break up gas-ha) and supported the leftover belly pouch. I can't say for certain it helped me get a slimmer belly faster because I've always slimmed back down but after Kadie, months PP, I noticed less of the itty bitty pouch I had before conceiving her. I was ebfing and babywearing too though.

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Old 10-11-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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Re: Postpartum support

I am hoping to have a vaginal birth but will be asking for a support belt in the hospital to help hold everything together and make healing easier.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:09 AM   #4
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I have a Medela PP support band. It's great for supporting the muscles and back. I'd say the only "drawback" is in the situation of a cesarean (the bottom seam of the support rides right on the bikini incision). Outside that scenerio, I'd say it's well worth the investment!
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