Belly binding is an effective and important part of postpartum recovery. It aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter period of time, while offering a mama’s postpartum body with complete support. This support assists vital organs to return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
During pregnancy a mama’s body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand, including the organs in the womb area such as the cervix and vagina. When a baby is born, the excess water, fat, and flatulence are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. Binding speeds up this process with constant pressure on the abdomen and torso area.
Belly binding also provides holistic support to all the abdominal and pelvic organs, including the muscles. It helps to “close” the physical womb which is left completely open after birth, and closes the energetic womb, as well.
The Bengkung style of binding is known to help heal diastasis recti with the constant supportive pressure on the abdomen area. The Belly bind is most effective and best used during the first 8 weeks postpartum but can be useful for support during anytime of the postpartum period.
Some of the physical benefits for belly binding after giving birth are:
Speeds up recovery time. Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way.
Helps shrink mama's tummy back to pre-pregnant size in just a couple weeks! The bind expels the excess air, fat, and water retained to protect baby during pregnancy.
Can heal diastasis recti. The abdomen muscles can stretch as much as 50% during pregnancy, and can actually separate! This results in reduced strength, and causes back pain postpartum. Wrapping returns the abdominal muscles to where they were pre-pregnancy so they can heal.
Spine and posture re-alignment. This bind provides incredible back support.
Preventing incontinence. After birth the pelvic floor muscles can remain loose and unstable for up to 5 months. The pelvic floor muscles are a crucial support system for the lower intestine, colon, and bladder. Lack of support is why many women experience incontinence postpartum. Wrapping the belly offers stability and increased healing of these muscles.
Amazing support for cesarean postpartum bellies. After a c-section you will find this bind allows you to move with ease.
It just feels great!
What makes a Bengkung different from western postpartum girdles like Belly Bandit ? It’s the length. A Bengkung Belly Bind is a long wrap that covers from under the chest all the way down to below the hips. This way, it doesn’t just work on the waist, but also helps the ribcage and the hips go back to their former dimensions. It also stays put when you move, and so it doesn’t press on the abdomen.
*This wrap is an adaptation of Malay binding techniques, though there many other adaptations. We recommend you wear your bind at least 4 hours per day, every day, up to 8 weeks postpartum for the best results. If you do not have an incision on your abdomen, you can bind immediately after giving birth.
by Rachel Snow
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