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  1. Cobblestone
    October 20, 2009

    Another thing that is worth mentioning is that there is a good chance that even when your belly is as flat and lovely as it was before you were pregnent it will be a different SHAPE. My son is 14 months and I’ve been back at my pre-preg weight for awhile and my old stomach is just … gone. This one is ok too, but the old shape just isn’t there anymore.
    Good luck!

  2. kellyannecat
    October 20, 2009

    I used the Belly Bandit. I didn’t use it until maybe 2 or 3 weeks after my delivery, because the size I ordered (per their sizing instructions) was too small. When it finally did fit, it was uncomfortable, rode high, and got kind of pokey and uncomfortable around my ribs and chest. I wore it for a few hours a day for maybe two or three weeks, that helped me locate my core strength again. After pregnancy, my abdominal and back muscles were so stretched and wonky, that it took a while for me to relearn the habit of engaging those muscles for good posture – the Belly Bandit helped with that, and that felt good. But as for slimming down my pooch . . . well, 8 months post-partum and my old jeans still don’t fit quite right.

  3. Joyce
    October 20, 2009

    I hate exercise and any short-cut is preferable, but I completely threw my back out a few months after giving birth (probably due to very weak core muscles). The pain was excruciating and it was nearly impossible taking care of a baby on top of it. The Ana Caban beginner pilates DVD that is 20 mins long was a lifesaver (and won’t make you pee your pants like The Shred). It really helped get my abdominal muscles to… well, exist. Cheaper than the belly bandit, but by all means, if it works… I’m interested to hear.

  4. Angela
    October 20, 2009

    I used a Belly Bandit (purchased with Flex Benefits – pregnancy supports are a covered item with my plan). It was…OK. I liked the support, and that it really encouraged me to tighten my abs and sit up straight. Based on my measurements and their sizing recommendations I ordered a medium, which was too big by about 2 weeks postpartum. I ended up sewing more “Fuzzy” Velcro onto it so I could make it tighter. Also, I have a short torso and it tended to ride up. Would I use it again? Probably – but not if I had to pay for it out of pocket.

  5. Anna
    October 20, 2009

    I wore a girdle for a few weeks after birth, and I have to say that I really do think that it helped me get my shape back a bit quicker. The women in my family all harped on me to wear one. I was able to squeeze into my pre-preg jeans around 2 weeks pp, with a bit of muffin-top, mind you. I think that perhaps it works on the same principle as binding after some types of surgery — it helps reduce fluid retention and swelling, maybe?

  6. Sarah
    October 20, 2009

    I wore a wrap after my c-section…got mine from the hospital. Yey for insurance covering it!

  7. Jaida
    October 20, 2009

    I had two c-sections and my hospital actually puts these on you in the recovery room and throughout your stay. I brought mine home both times and wore them for 2-3 weeks. Nothing to do with belly flatness, but I found them hugely comforting and comfortable in terms of the whole “insides falling out” feeling. It cracked me up to see them touted on the news as the newest celebrity secret for regaining your flat tummy.

  8. Suzanne
    October 20, 2009

    Oh I TOTALLY fell for that “get back in your old jeans in 2 weeks!” line and bought the Belly Bandit. Like Angela said, it was…OK. I actually brought it to the hospital to try and get it on within minutes of giving birth (because that’s part of their very very important directions – WEAR IT ALL DAY EVERY DAY) but it was too small. When I tried again two days later I could get it closed and within a couple weeks it was too big. And also smelled funny, despite washing it regularly.
    I enjoyed wearing it with jeans because I DID fit into regular, non-maternity jeans while I had it on. Unfortunately the Belly Bandit does nothing for your ass or thighs so I had to buy jeans two sizes larger than I wore pre-pregnancy. (I ended up ordering a pair of Spanx and felt those worked better to make me look less postpartumish. Not a word, I know.)
    Strangely enough, I wore the Bandit mostly at night, because it was good support when I breastfed propped up in bed and it was comfortable enough to sleep in. During the day it bunched up under my ribcage and would poke out over my pants every time I tried to sit down. I did wear it when I exercised because it helped control the jiggling but it got itchy when I would sweat.
    So in conclusion to my epic…Meh. If it helps your feel better and the cost seems reasonable to you, go for it. But as far as actually shrinking and of your poor stretched out internal lady parts, don’t count on it too much.

  9. Ashley
    October 21, 2009

    Interesting. I used a belly binding (a HOT, white velcro number), but had never heard of it as a slimming device. Actually, I’d never heard of it at all until a nurse brought it to me post-cesarian and said it would help. And it did, for all of the reasons Amy mentioned. For the first two or three weeks, it was the only way I could sit or stand without feeling like things were spilling out (and I’m talking organs here, not belly bulge). After those threeish weeks, it was too big and I was past the need for it.
    I don’t know if it helped me get back into my jeans, though. I think the daily walks and, later, Jillian Michaels get the credit for that.

  10. Courtney
    October 22, 2009

    I’m going to post a full review on my blog, but I had the Belly Bandit too. As previous posters mentioned, it definitely helped with posture and support in the early days. I think it did help me get back to a closer approximation of my pre-pregnancy shape – in the very few first days post-partum, it helped me at least look it because it held everything in – and 8 weeks later I’m in regular jeans with just a slight muffin top when I sit down. But, as posters mentioned, it’s a little long and for women with short torsos it can dig in to your ribs and hips. For me, this led to some painfully clogged ducts. I tried to use it again a few days after the ducts had cleared up but could feel the pain flaring up right away. I only ended up using it for three weeks instead of the six-eight they recommend.

  11. Luisa
    October 26, 2009

    Living in Japan, belly binding is par for the course. It`s not glamorised (not that I could see anyway) but was a straightforward thing that is done at the hospital to help your pelvis return to it`s original state. (Apparently it expands to accomodate giving birth).
    I used an elastic one for about a month after having my girl..it did seem to offer a lot of support, so by the time I thought I should stop wearing it I felt a little naked and `loose`. But it did the trick in the support area.

  12. Jane
    May 23, 2013

    After my first child which was a c-section I used acebandages to belly bind and after the stitches were out I used a really good belly binder that looked more like a girttle all the wat to under my bust with snaps and a zipper on the side and snaps on the botom to be able to go to the restroom. I wore it for the whole 40 days day , night and inbetween and my tummy went back in days and after the 40 days my tummy was the same as beforw the baby. skin takes a bit longer to get its original tightness back but after 2 months my abs we looking better then even before the baby. my midwife said the reason why its so good to use a belly binding is beccause after the baby is out there sliw all this room for your guts etc to move out of possition because the baby is not there any more but all the loose skin, but if you bind it they stay in place as the skin goes back. I dont even look like I had a child better abs than my friends with no babys. I would Highly recommend belly binding to every woman.

  13. Ib
    June 25, 2013

    In Nigeria, its common practice to bind or tie the tummy with lots of herbs and bathing very hot water on the belly. I must tell you that it works well. The BINDING AND HOTWATER bathing is done for 3 months and in addition to this you must avoid heavy food and do more work out.

  14. SA mum
    May 4, 2014

    I actually got this advice from my maid here in Southern Africa and after having loads of extra skin and a highly unattractive belly – I was back to flat in a month and back to wearing a bikini in 6 weeks.  Pregnant for the second time and just trying to remember when you are supposed to start?

  15. Lacey
    October 6, 2014

    So, this post is old, but I thought I’d add my two cents. I’m a postpartum doula and I’ve been trained in a kind of belly binding practiced in Malaysia for generations called Bengkung Java.

    While I’d love to see some studies done, anecdotally all of my moms love the results.

    I don’t guarantee anything to my clients because every body is different and I can’t speak as a medical professional because I’m not.

    However, the tradition in Malaysia, where it’s been practiced for generations, is that it supports the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and especially the internal organs (which move for pregnancy and then no longer have the support of the uterus, amniotic sac and baby to hold them where they are), encourages good posture, burns fat and reduces water retention.

    Like I said, no promises, but that’s what the tradition says and I’ve had many clients just love it.

  16. Hannah
    February 5, 2015

    I researched a lot before having my second.  What I found with belly binding is it doe nothing to restore your pelvic floor and really doesn’t restrengthen your core muscles.  Instead I chose to use an exercise program specifically designed for the postpartum woman and for around the same price as a belly binder (depending on which binder one chose) I had an exercise program that addressed my pelvic floor and core muscles, my alignment and helped my body return to optimal function (actually my body functions even better).  

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