I’ve received several emails and comments from you all asking how I got back in shape so quickly after giving birth, so I wanted to pass along what I have learned about postpartum tummy wrapping and my experience with it!
This birth and recovery has been the easiest yet, and I attribute my easier birth to the herbs I took during my pregnancy. I also tried something new after having Deborah and wrapped my tummy.
The tradition of postpartum belly wrapping is quite common in other countries, but very foreign here in America. People have looked at me funny when I’ve told them what I did, but I’m getting used to the strange looks over things I do in life. : )
I’ve read that it is actually considered cruel to a new mother not to wrap their belly after having a baby. Once you deliver a baby you have organs that are loose and needing to get back in place. Not to mention all the extra skin you have in your tummy. The concept behind tummy wrapping is that it helps shrink your flabby skin, as well as put your organs back in their proper place faster. I was skeptical that it would really work, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
Deborah two weeks old
When you start researching wraps it can get overwhelming. A typical postpartum wrap runs $60-$100 and up. Yikes! That was over my price range, and I was reading so many mixed reviews of the expensive wraps that I didn’t want to waste my money on something that I might not like.
I finally ended up reading enough good reviews about the Underworks Post Delivery Girdle Belt that I decided to try it out.
Deborah was born in the evening, and my midwife asked that I wait until morning to put the wrap on. A lot of ladies put it on during the first hour after giving birth, but I did wait until the next morning. I wore it faithfully for two weeks after giving birth. I wore it most nights to bed, though I gave myself a break a few nights.
I can’t say it was so comfortable that I couldn’t even tell it was on. I did have to adjust it, it would ride up from being in bed the first week, so when I got out of bed I would have to pull it down. I did get a chance to try on the popular Belly Bandit postpartum wrap. While it was a littler softer, and made out of more comfortable fabric I don’t think I would spend the extra money on it.
**Update** I now have tried the FitSplint Wrap and just love it. I feel it is well worth the extra money spent, as it stays in place a lot better. Plus it also adjust better in the front, as your tummy gets smaller you can cinch it tighter in the right spots easier!**