Belly binding after having a baby is an age old practice, which was thought to be a dangerous one in the modern age.
The fact is that it can be dangerous if done incorrectly. If everything is just pulled in and squeezed tight, nothing can heal in the right place and discomfort, pain and injury can develop.
If done in the way I demonstrate in my video, it supports your pelvic floor, and gently pulls the fascia back together across your abdomen during the natural 8 week healing process. Do NOT pull this tight like a girdle, or even as tight as you see it on me, I am not pregnant or immediately post-partum, my youngest is turning 2 in a month.
It is highly likely you had the normal separation of the abdominal wall, called diastasis recti, which can be supported for faster healing with this gentle belly wrapping technique.
Your pelvic floor is very weak immediately post-partum, because the muscles have to stretch so as to open space for your entire baby to come out! This was an amazing human feat and needs to be realized as such! Your abdominal cavity needs support right now, for the first 8 weeks at least and likely 3-6 months, especially if you are breastfeeding. And no, having a c-section was major surgery and you still had a lot of pressure on your pelvic floor, so this applies to you also.
The hormones flowing through your body from birthing, nursing and not sleeping are many and extremely hard on the body.
Going to “Mommy Bootcamp” six weeks after pushing a human out of the same muscles that have to now hold up all your organs while you do jumping jacks, is a recipe for a serious disaster.
If weak pelvic floors are not rehabilitated safely, results can be:
Avoid these things by taking good care of yourself, following my exercise suggestions and seeing your local Pelvic Health Phsyiotherapist.
Learn more from the experts at Bellies Inc on the what, when and why of belly wrapping.
I demonstrate in this video using something that you may have at home, which is not the ideal material to use for the belly-wrapping technique.
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