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Maternity Belts After Delivery- Do They Help In Losing The Belly Pouch?

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One of the biggest problems mommies face once they have delivered their baby is that they still look pregnant!!! When family and friends joke (mostly in good spirits) “Is there another baby inside?” you laugh it off, but if there is one thing you want apart from a healthy, happy baby, it is a flat (or at least without the pouch) tummy!
And then everyone – your mom, friends who have “been there” and your doctor – talk about tying your stomach which can reduce the belly fat. Though science does not support the claims, nonetheless, tying a cloth around the stomach is widely popular, and the practice is encouraged by many cultures. However, before you jump into the bandwagon, please read this article to understand the truth and myths behind tummy tying and maternity belt after delivery losing the belly pouch.Belly fat
What Is Meant By ‘Tying The Stomach After Delivery’?
When Can I Start Tying The Stomach After Delivery?
What Is A Maternity Belt?
Types of Post Pregnancy Belt
How Does A Maternity Belt After Delivery Help In Reducing The Belly?
What Are The Risk Factors Involved In Using A Maternity Belt?
Are These Maternity Belt After Delivery Is Comfortable?
About Maternity Belts Things to Consider
How Else Can I Reduce My Belly After Delivery?

What Is Meant By ‘Tying The Stomach After Delivery’?

New mothers are asked to “tie” their stomachs using a cloth, a corset, a tummy binder or a maternity belt after delivery(It is also known as an abdominal belt). When you are pregnant, your body, especially the tummy area, opens up so much as the uterus and abdominal walls stretch to accommodate the growing child. Fat also accumulates in this area. Once the baby is delivered, these muscles do not contract immediately, nor does the fat disappear – giving the mother a ‘still seven months pregnant’ look and loose, flabby abdominal walls.

When Can I Start Tying The Stomach After Delivery?

Please consult with your doctor as he/she would know your health and delivery scenario the best. Broadly, if you have had a normal delivery, you can start tying your stomach even after a few hours of birth. If you have had a C-section, you need to wait a couple of weeks (or more depending on your wound’s healing) to start tying the stomach. C-section mothers should take it slow as any pressure on the abdomen can interfere with the healing of the deeper layers of the stomach. Some doctors advise new mothers to wait for at least a day before they take the route to belly wrapping.

What Is A Maternity Belt?

A maternity belt (or even a long piece of clothes like saree) is used to tie the belly tightly so as to give support to the abdominal organs and muscles. This also helps the organs that are loose to get back to their positions. A post-pregnancy belt or a stomach wrap comes in various types and price ranges. Many brands like Farlin, Mee Mee, Pigeon etc. do sell them, and you can even buy local stuff.

Types of Post Pregnancy Belt:

There are different types of belts or splints, wraps, and corsets. 

  • Belts or splints: It allows you to adjust for less or more pressure on your abdominals
  • Wraps: It is made up of cloth used soon after delivery
  • Corsets: It is not recommended to use it.

How Does A Maternity Belt After Delivery Help In Reducing The Belly?

Interestingly, although cloth tying and maternity belt after delivery are the huge popular thing in India and abroad also, there is very less scientific evidence on how or if it actually helps in reducing tummy. Moreover, postpartum belly wrapping is also a traditional practice followed by many sects in India, and in some other countries as well.
It is believed that tying the stomach after the delivery results in:

  • Reduce the fat around the tummy
  • Better posture
  • Toned tummy muscles
  • Speeding up ‘flat tummy’ journey
  • Supporting the internal organs including the womb
  • Reduced back pains
  • Comfort (due to better posture)
  • Instant and natural tummy tuck
  • Quick healing

Maternity belt

What Are The Risk Factors Involved In Using A Maternity Belt?

When you tie your stomach tightly using a belt or a cloth, then it definitely looks like your tummy bulge has reduced (just like any shaping inners would do!). This could be the reason why this method has become hugely popular. However, many experts advise against the use of maternity belt after delivery as they think it results in:

  • Exerting too much pressure on the uterus, causing bleeding
  • Itching and rashes in the area, especially where the edges of the belt sink into skin
  • Discomfort and pain, as many women end up using it most of the time during the day in an effort to reduce more fat
  • Complications after C-section as the internal wounds take six to eight weeks to heal fully
  • Inconvenience during hot and humid climate
  • Hernia due to the excessive pressure on the tummy

Advocates against the use of belt argue that the “strength and toning” of the abdominal wall is dependent on the muscles and the fibrous tissues in the wall and not on the external pressure a belt gives.

Are These Maternity Belt After Delivery Is Comfortable?

Not exactly. Wearing them can even be painful at times. Mothers who have used it do agree with the results but say that they had to ‘train’ themselves to wear it every day and every night. Moreover, the tummy skin can get irritated and cause itching due to constant brushing with the belt’s surface. It can also create undue pressure at the incision site and cause further complications. Sometimes, the belt slips up, and at other times, it slips down. One has to adjust the maternity belt. You can also try to opt for softer fabrics and better fitting maternity belts if your budget permits – since the softer they are, the more their price.

About Maternity Belts Things to Consider:

Many things are there to consider when using a maternity belt after delivery, as well as selecting the right belt for your body. These are some factors to keep in mind while you make this decision. They are
1. Meet Your Doctor
As each woman’s body and case is different from one to one, it is important to take your doctor advice about it, who can give you the right suggestion on whether this is a good thing for you or not, and also when you can start wearing an abdominal wrap too.
2. Wearing the Wrap Over a Few Weeks Continuously
The belly wrap progress is not getting instant manner, and it must be wearing nearly at least 5-6 weeks before you seeing a difference by using it. However, use it in moderation way, and not throughout the day. If you have decided to wear a maternity belt after delivery, patience will most likely be your best result.
3. Look For Adjustment One
When you are going to buy the right belly wrap, go for which allows you to adjust the tightness. This manner, your postpartum belt will be adjusted as tight as you want, without causing any issues to you.

How Else Can I Reduce My Belly After Delivery?

A healthy diet and regular exercise go a long way in reducing your postpartum belly than just using a maternity belt after delivery. After your doctor gives a thumbs up the sign, you can even join a gym after delivery and start working out, albeit moderately to begin with it. Regular walks, yoga, and other exercises, coupled with a healthy diet, will definitely produce the results you want. For tips on reducing your belly, click here.
To understand your body more and why you have gained weight, click here.
Stay fit! Stay happy!

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Dec 20, 2016

It has been 9 months of my post pregnancy but my tummy has reduced only a bit. What should I do?



Dec 20, 2016

It has been 9 months of my post pregnancy but my tummy has reduced only a bit. What should I do?

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