You have to admit that the word ‘girdle’ springs to mind something for an elderly person, but having looked at some of these contraptions on the marketplace they are definitely something to consider. There is a lot of pressure on women these days to get their pre-baby body back after having a baby. The tabloids’ reactions to Kate Middleton’s bump hours after she gave birth, and Kim Kardashian hiding away after having North put added speculation that she was waiting until she had her old body back.
Postpartum girdles, or belly wraps help to keep your abdominal muscles back in place after having a baby. You still need to exercise, but for the first 6-8 weeks after birth you won’t be feeling like too much exercise, so one of these girdles may give your body time to heal naturally and rest. You will notice a difference to your body.
They are especially useful for women who have had c-sections, and help reduce back pain, water retention and speed up the healing process. A girdle will also help you to achieve a better posture and provide support to those areas that had been through a lot of pressure and stretching. Some mothers may wear them for a few weeks, while others close to a year.
The elastic bands are designed to be “abdominal compression binders” which apply pressure to the abdominal area after delivery. They can take the pressure off your legs and back and actually help reduce that uncomfortable uterine swelling and bloating so many moms experience post-delivery. They are said to help with diastasis recti. Other claims include lessening post-partum bleeding, alleviating cramping, and allowing your uterus to its return to normal size and location quicker. Most come with adjustable Velcro closures that can help you get back into your pre-pregnancy shape. While it does sound uncomfortable, they come in a variety of lightweight, comfortable, and even organic materials. They can also be worn underneath your normal clothes so others wouldn’t know you are wearing one. One of these girdles can also make a woman feel not only healthy, but more confident about her appearance in this transitional time after childbirth. While we can’t promise that they will melt away the pounds (diet and exercise, anyone?), they will help “tighten and shrink your tummy post pregnancy.” While it’s impossible to know how much of an effect one of these girdles will have on getting your pre-baby body back it’s important to remember so many other factors including diet, exercise, breastfeeding, and genetics that play a role, too.
The postpartum girdles are available in larger retail stores, but also a number of online stores will stock them. They are relatively inexpensive and cost anywhere between $20-$100 depending on the make and model.
If you’re looking for a simpler, gentler style of support than the post-partum girdling, a band-style post-partum support belt may be just what the doctor (or stylist) ordered. Though the support offered by a post-partum support band is generally less than that of a full-coverage medical-grade girdle, these belts will definitely flatten your tummy some and still promote good posture while nursing.