The Benefits of Postpartum Belly Wraps

I remember the ignorant bliss of thinking I'd deliver my baby and leave the hospital rocking pre-pregnancy clothes. Like magically, I'd lose all of the weight I'd gained during pregnancy. Ha! My baby accounted for a third of the weight I gained. There was no way I was squeezing into my prepregnancy clothes.--I left the hospital looking like I was still pregnant. Which, sucked. I was tired of the weight, back pain and feeling like a dumpy, frumpy toad. Then my sister gave me a postpartum belly wrap.

 My back pain and frumps faded.

FUN FACT: Abdominal binders were originally created to help with back pain because they increased abdominal support, which helped people with back pain get around better.

According to Jay Goldberg, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Beverly Hills, Calif., agrees. "We have been prescribing abdominal binders for a long time. They have been used for tummy tucks and back problems, but with obstetrics, these wraps help women recovering from a vaginal delivery or a C-section with their posture, abdominal support, and self-confidence.”

Benefits of Postpartum Belly Wraps:

  • Supports lower back.
  • Creates good posture especially with C-Section mommies.
  • Promotes good blood circulation to assist with healing.
  • Helps the stomach's natural ability to compress back into shape.
  • Promotes less water retention.
  • Assists with the tightening of loose skin.
  • The gentle compression of the belly binder on the abs may help the uterus return to its normal size quicker when worn for four to six weeks after delivery to reap the maximum benefits.
Of course Hollywood has sworn by them since the original Belly Bandit came on the scene:

I'm a firm believer in the benefits of a postpartum wrap, and it's all for one simple reason, Posture.

Belly binders/wraps/bands, call it whatever you want, help with posture which instantly leads to looking, and feeling, taller, thinner, and most important, engaging muscles. The better posture reduced my back pain and increased my abdominal engagement which helped with healing from my c-section. I loved mine and have since gifted quite a few, most recently to my sister-in-law.

Bottom Line: Belly Bands force your body into engaging your muscles, and that leads to healing, strength and yes, weight loss. Though, if rapid weight loss is your goal, you'll need to exercise and eat a clean, healthy diet.

You can check out the original Belly Bandit here.

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