Post Partum Belt Suggestions

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wlillie's picture
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Post Partum Belt Suggestions

I didn't have one last time, but definitely want one this time. I want something easier than the ACE bandage.

newmommie25's picture
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I will be using one with this baby again. With my first the hospital gave me one when I asked for it after I ended up with a csection and I kept it and used it for the second. But it is getting kinda ratty and I want a new one for this time. I was looking at the belly bandit but it is pricey (55-75). I might just go with the generic one. I am hoping babies r us buybuy baby will have some in the store to try out to see what will work best.

If you are having a csection I think they are a life savor and even if it is a vaginal delivery I bet it would feel like great support on the belly.

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I bought one last time- one of the expensive ones... um... The Belly Bandit I guess... I tried to wear it, and I found it SO uncomfortable- it totally inhibited my movement, couldn't sit comfortably, couldn't nurse... so this time I am looking at something softer- more like an ace bandage. A friend of mine passed on some of her leftover home birth supplies, and she said there was a belly binder in there that the midwife lent her (same midwife). So I'll see what that one is like. Otherwise, I have also heard a lot of people say that they just wore shapewear, not a special belly binder, and that it worked just as well. That would be my next choice, because I can stand those, but, those stiff ones...just couldn't do it!

nea458's picture
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So happy that someone posted this...I was wondering about the same. I even went on a spree to research Spanx. If anyone has suggestions, please let us know!

SunDevil28's picture
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:lurk: Last time I just used the kind from Motherhood Maternity. It worked great and was really comfortable. I also have a Belly Bandit BFF that I've been using during this pregnancy (approved by my doctor, long story) and it works really well but is definitely stiffer than the Motherhood one, and shows more under clothing.

nea458's picture
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Hi Andi, are you referring to the "Postpartum Support Belt" on their website?

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I always thought these were just a gimmick. Do they really help? I had the old granny "shapewear" underwear after DS was born, but that was by recommendation of my doc after I complained (about a week after my c/s when I was getting my staples out) that my lower back was literally dying. I didn't wear them constantly, so I didn't notice much relief with them - maybe a little.

I'd totally be willing to try a belt out for the right price, though! Glad this thread was started to see what others have used and like/dislike!

ETA: When I did some reading on the web, I saw the La Leche League "Waist Nipper" got some fairly good reviews, especially for only being $25! I'm interested in the Motherhood one, too, if it's softer and works well?

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"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

I always thought these were just a gimmick. Do they really help? I had the old granny "shapewear" underwear after DS was born, but that was by recommendation of my doc after I complained (about a week after my c/s when I was getting my staples out) that my lower back was literally dying. I didn't wear them constantly, so I didn't notice much relief with them - maybe a little.

I'd totally be willing to try a belt out for the right price, though! Glad this thread was started to see what others have used and like/dislike!

ETA: When I did some reading on the web, I saw the La Leche League "Waist Nipper" got some fairly good reviews, especially for only being $25! I'm interested in the Motherhood one, too, if it's softer and works well?

There is a long history around the world of women binding their bellies after birth- so it's not really a fad- but maybe just catching on around these parts recently. Smile I have heard quite a few women say that they get great results with less pain, and just shrinking back down to size faster when they wear something like that compared to nothing. I want to say that there was even a woman on my DD's birth board who had her 5th kid that time, and she finally used a belly binder after that kid, and said it was a big difference.

So I really want to do it- but I just gotta figure out what I can use that I can tolerate!

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I didnt do it to really get my body back in shape so much as it was to help support my belly after the csection. It made it 100 times easier to sit up and sneeze or laugh or even get bumped in the belly by my toddler. It is recomended for helping get the sking and body back to shape as well. About 10 years ago I had lipo on the belly and love handles and they make you wear a wrap for 6 weeks because it helps the skin firm back up and shape up nice so I figure its the same afet deflating your belly during delivery.

I will have to check out the motherhood one. I dont mind a stiffer one but i dont want to be too uncomfortable.

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Renea - Yes, that sounds like the same one. I bought mine 4 years ago so it might not be the same by now!

I wore mine after my c-section to give my abs just enough support that I could move. It also felt great to have something ON my incision all the time instead of having my shorts rub against the incision when I moved.

Still, even non-c-section mamas can benefit as it helps bring the stretched and separated muscles back together, especially if you have a big gap between the halves of the abs. I plan to wear mine for a little bit just to get over the hump and then gradually start wearing it less often so that my muscles have to do the job on their own. But still, there are times after birth when the muscles CAN'T do the job on their own, and that's when I found it helpful!

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Here it is Renae. I bought the medela one from wal-mart online from reviews I read elsewhere and it's only $20

nea458's picture
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Awesome! Thanks!!!

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I am planning on just using something like spanx. My belly deflated really fast with my first two, so if this one follows the same trend, I should be able to get away with just the shapewear type of deal. If the belly is still huge, I will do more research about what to buy to help that situation along.

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I bought the babies r us brand. It was comfy when I tried it on and very ventilated.