Abdominal Wrapping Post-Pregnancy: Is It Effective?

Fri, Oct 16th 2015

Stephlina D'cunha

4 mins read

When it comes to shedding those baby pounds, we are not going to get preachy and ask you to hit the gym straight away. However, every new mom has to understand this—while the process might be quicker for some like Blake Lively, who got back into her pre-pregnancy body within eight weeks after delivery, for others it might take a while.

Genesis Chavez, of HourglassAngel.com—a leading online retailer of post-partum garments and shapers says, “While every woman (and every pregnancy) is different, you can expect to lose a good chunk of weight immediately after birth. Twelve pounds is typical if you consider seven or eight pounds for an average baby, a pound or so for the placenta, and another few pounds of blood and amniotic fluid. You can expect to lose another four to six pounds in fluid within a week or two following delivery.”

Whatever be the case, we believe that the best way to recuperate and reclaim your pre-pregnancy demeanor is to be fit before, and through your pregnancy, by eating right and indulging in light exercises and workouts. Prenatal yoga is also highly recommended to tone down weight issues during and after pregnancy.

Yes, exercise and a healthy diet should definitely top your list when looking at the multiple ways to get rid of baby fat, but the truth is every mom has to chart her own course to find her way back into shape.

But is post-partum care only about shedding those pounds? From post-partum depression to feeding problems, women struggle with various things after having a baby. The after baby body also needs some support and assistance in terms of recuperating after the roller coaster ride, that is, pregnancy and even more adventurous—labor.

Post-Partum Body Supports: What You Need To Know
Abdominal wrapping, more popularly known as belly binding, has been used by women to bound their bellies during pregnancy and postpartum probably since the beginning of written history. In some cultures this practice is performed ritualistically or ceremonially by trained women, however, in the modern world there are various upgradations available in terms of the support available on the market, to achieve this.

Chavez adds, “How quickly your body bounces back after having a baby is largely determined by your genetics and your lifestyle, but postpartum compression garments can aid in the process. A band can create compression around the midsection and tummy, helping shrink the belly, reducing inflammation and aiding in stretch mark prevention and reduction.”

Dr Jessica Shepherd, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Illinois, College of Medicine says, “Postpartum body supports can help stabilize the abdominal muscles after a vaginal delivery or a Cesarean section. Primarily used for posture and abdominal support, these binders or wraps also help alleviate back pressure. A woman can start using them in the hospital however with some restriction as the body has normal swelling after delivery and needs time to re-accumulate.”

On commenting about their safety she cautions, “Abdominal supports are safe when they are used correctly.  They are not to be too tight and should not be worn all day. They help with support in order for women to feel comfortable moving more which can help with returning to daily activities and exercise. When worn too long or tight; they can cause difficulty in breathing by impinging on the rib cage, rashes or abrasions on the skin, increasing Cesarean section scar infections due to compression, and possible difficulties with breastfeeding, if not removed when feeding.”

Various types of wraps and binders are available on the market. Make sure that if you decide to buy any of these supports, you don’t experience any discomfort but are able to move around and do your daily activities with ease. In our next article on abdominal wrapping, Dr Shepherd will tell you how to chose a good abdominal support.

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About the Author
Stephlina D'cunha

With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.

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