Belly wrap band thingies

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Risstopher's picture
Joined: 02/29/12
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Belly wrap band thingies

I wasn't going to buy one for after the baby but when I went to get my nails done last week there was a woman sitting in the chair next to me (she was really nice) asking me how far along i was, how i was doing and what the baby is... she has 2 young kids - and we got to talking, she said she wrapped her belly after baby and bought like every brand, from most expensive to the cheapest - in her experience, the best one was the cheapest one, the babies'r'us brand... so i figured why not, (this woman looked great, like she was in great shape).

So I got the babies'r'us one, and my only question is this, do i put a tank top on and then put this belly band on over it, or does it go right on over my bare belly? I just ask because all the pictures on the packaging are of it over a tank top and it doesn't specify.

haysmama's picture
Joined: 02/23/08
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I think it's personal preference. If you wear it on your bare belly you might find it itchy or you might sweat in it, so that's probably why some wear a tank under it. Try both ways and see what you like! Smile

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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Yep, whatever you want. At first I think it's a lot more helpful to have someone else wrap you up because they can get it tighter!

harmonybear's picture
Joined: 06/06/07
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I want to use one this time. I have the belly binder the hospital gave me after my surgery in November, but I'm still unsure of whether I can use that or if I should buy something specifically for postpartum use. Or maybe I'll just use an ace bandage. Blum 3

augustbaby2010's picture
Joined: 01/27/10
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do these things really work? do they help heal your abdomen after all the stretching and tearing of muscle? i always thought these things were just a gimmick...

Risstopher's picture
Joined: 02/29/12
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thats what i thought too august, and thats why i didn't buy one until very recently -i have no personal experience with it as this is my first pregnancy, but the woman i talked to in the nail salon swore by it, so i figured i would give it a shot, especially since she highly reccomended the babies'r'us brand against all the other more expensive ones which was only $28 and i had coupons, haha.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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You can use any abdominal binder type thingy. Doesn't need to be a baby one. It's not going to create a miracle, but it does help you feel like you're more "put together" and not just hanging all loose. If you've got water weight hanging around that area it will go down FAST. When I was wearing it after my c/s I found I could move around better with it on. My hospital did not give one to c/s patients and DH refused to put it on me (couldn't do it myself!), so I had to wait till I was well enough to put it on myself. The difference it made was worth it. It wasn't like night and day, but it helped enough that suddenly all that water I had from all the fluids just left, I could walk better, sit up straighter, didn't need a pillow as a cushion, etc. I noticed over time my flab stayed put where it should be rather than drooping everywhere. I've read that it doesn't put together your muscles or anything, but it makes you have that stabilization so that you're more active naturally which will help you get out of that "gee, I still look pregnant" phase quicker. I know I was way more willing to do normal day to day activities. I didn't wear my 24/7 at all, but I wore it whenever I was at home until it was too big for me to use.

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That's sort of what I thought. It really looks like one of those belly bandit things, so I assumed it would be okay for postpartum.

Like you after your c-section, I definitely felt more together with it on after my surgery. However, I never used one after DD, so I have no idea how it helps after a normal vaginal birth. But I'm willing to try! Smile

Kier's picture
Joined: 03/12/12
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I have a belly band thing from target... Mainly for eqrly pregnancy to help keep your pants up when you arent quite big enough to warrent maternity pants. Could that work as a binder after im done? I also havent heard of using a belly band after a vaginal delivery, only after a section. I tend to swell after delivery, so and would like to try one, though dont necessarily want to spend $ if i dont have to