When I had my oldest child – almost sixteen years ago, I could have never imagined what my postpartum body would have looked like. I was just eighteen years old and I could not be bothered with thoughts of stretch marks and a less than perfect tummy. I spent my whole pregnancy envisioning what my new baby would look like and how he would react to life outside the womb. I though of baby names and pulled out all of my new baby gear over and over again to imagine my new baby using it.
When labor came on, I just focused on getting through it. I thought my baby would never make his entrance! Needless to say, labor was much more difficult than I could wrap my young head around. When my son was finally delivered I was so relieved – now I could focus on my baby.
It wasn’t until a full day or two later that I got a good glimpse in the mirror. I noticed all the tiny red blood vessels all over my face like new freckles from the strain of labor. I went to take a shower and that is when the full horror of the situation hit me. My perfect, pre-pregnancy stomach was not back where it was supposed to be! This has got to be a mistake! Did they do some sort of miracle stomach swapping procedure while I was totally occupied with labor and delivery? I was heartbroken, but at least I fit back in my jeans no problem. When my aunt talked to me about postpartum care later she told me one of the most important nuggets of information I will ever get my hands on. She said, Make sure that you bind your belly with somthing, okay? It will help your stomach go back into shape. Trust me. Your belly carried that baby for nine months and it needs some support afterward. Of course, I ignored her and put her information on my mind’s “unimportant” shelf along with her advice on how to spot a bad boyfriend and the importance of wearing support hosiery.
Well, Aunt Linda if you are reading this I want to let you know that you were right! When I had babies number 3 and 4, I finally used a binder to help things go back into place. It really made a difference and totally makes you feel supported and great. I still wear binders to support my abs and back and my youngest is an old man of 18 months! I just think about how belly binding “trained” the midsections of women in the Victorian era. They had to bind and tie to give themselves that hourglass shape and over time their midsections were trained to that particular shape.
The Belly Bandit is a hot product that is flying off the shelves at Madre Gear. It comes in three basic styles – Original, Couture and Bamboo. The Original Belly Bandit retails for $39.95 and comes in black, white and nude. The Couture Belly Bandit retails for $49.95 and comes in black, white and nude but is just a little softer to wear and features a soft lining in various patterns. The Bamboo Belly Bandit retails for $59.95 and comes in black or natural. The Bamboo Belly Bandit is also made from bamboo which is one of the softest, natural materials around. It wicks moisture away from the body and is also anti-microbial. All you have to do to wear the Belly Bandit is wrap it around your waist and secure with the adjustable velcro. It comes in several different sizes to ensure proper fit. It is very comfortable to wear and no one can see it under your clothing. It is also washable, so just hand wash it and let it air dry.
The Belly Bandit was also recently featured on the Rachel Ray Show and The Ellen show.
I must say that if there was one product I would recommend to any and all new moms- it would be the Belly Bandit!