Updated: Sep 3
See, it's 2018 and I KNOW you have heard of, seen, or even used waist trainers, (I may or may not have a couple) right? I mean if the Kardashians recommend them and half of the fashion industry on Instagram uses them, they MUST be the "IN" thing to do. But...what if I told you that these waist trainers and corsets are actually pretty terrible for you. Would you believe me?
I know it's hard to stare at that belly after baby (or two or three) and it sucks to pee when you sneeze or laugh a bit too hard, so when these celebrities share their stories, it is hard to ignore. I totally get it. The thing, though, is that these waist trainers are not long enough, are designed to be way too tight, and end up possibly doing more harm than good. They can move your organs and tighten your rib cage, they can restrict your breathing and damage your pelvic floor. None of this is good. A damaged or weakened pelvic floor means you WILL pee when you sneeze, it can cause organ prolapse, and create huge incontinence issues as you age. Read more, HERE.
So what can you do? Well, have you heard of Bengkung Belly Binding?
Let's talk about it! This is an ancient art of belly binding in the country of Malaysia. While most countries have some sort of binding tradition to seal the mom postpartum, America is lacking. So, we have respectfully adopted this method as a form of healing, support, and empowerment during our fourth trimester. In order to fully appreciate this cultural custom, I encourage you to read more about this tradition, HERE.
So, what exactly are the benefits?
It helps to slim the rib-cage, belly and hips.
Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis-recti) back together.
It’s an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.
Helps the body regain its pre-pregnancy shape: Due to water + air retention, pelvic expansion, and larger organs (such as the uterus returning to its original size), belly binding supports the body in returning to its previous state.
Pelvic + Back support: supports good posture in walking, sitting, and even the dreaded “nursing slouch”.
Prevents excessive postpartum bleeding while keeping the uterus in a contracted position.
Gives support to the womb after birth
Speeds up the healing process of the uterus and provides a cleansing of blood clots
Helps to reduce common back and shoulder pain associated with nursing by improving posture
Helps to tone up your abdominal muscles and shape your hips after childbirth
Relieves muscular and tendon tension throughout the torso
Accelerates fat burning
Excellent support after surgical births (wait 1-2 weeks to allow proper oxygen to the wound for healing)
Provides comfort for anxiety and PPD
Why are these different and safer than waist trainers?
Your bind will be anywhere from 12 to 18 yards of one continuous piece of muslin fabric. The muslin is very customizable and can conform to any body shape unlike the stiffer, commercially made support bands. As your body returns to its nearly pre-pregnancy shape, your bind will conform to your adjusting figure and will allow you to simply tear off the extra fabric. The Bengkung method also fully covers the entire abdominal area, plus some; from just under the breasts down to the hips, pelvis and pubic bone area. It provides ideal support and a truly full coverage that modern binds simply cannot provide.
For more information, please visit our FAQ page, found HERE.
Have you tried belly binding? Are you interested in learning more? Let's chat! In addition to doula support, I offer a few different Bengkung Belly Binding services and custom make the binds with The Statesville Doula. I would LOVE to support you on your road to healing, empowerment, and comfort after baby. Follow me on IG and FB to see some of my work.
Peace, love, and babies,
Staci Michele, The Statesville Doula