Postpartum girdle is recommended because it can help to rearrange a woman's organs in place, reduce swelling, giving the woman more confidence to move, cough or drive, especially after a cesarean section and also giving a better silhouette to the body.
It is very important for a woman to talk to her doctor before using any postpartum band or girdle, deciding their need, because not wearing the strap can lead to the formation of a seroma, which is the accumulation of fluid in the region where the caesarean was done. Learn more in: Seroma.
However, constant or prolonged use of the postpartum wrap is not recommended because it can hinder the movements of your abdominal muscles and disrupt blood flow, such as during exercise. Therefore, the girdle should only be used during the day and at night, but never in the gym, and for a maximum period of 3 months.
Different types of postpartum belly wraps
Before choosing which strap to buy it is advised you wear different models to know which one is more comfortable for you. Usually the most comfortable are those that allow you to release the strap in pieces, so you do not have to take it off, all the time, which makes it much easier when you go to the bathroom.
When to use a postpartum belly wraps
It is recommended you use a postpartum strap right after the baby is born, while you are still in the hospital. Usually when the woman feels stabilized and able to stand alone, she can bathe and then put on the wrap.
The strap should be worn throughout the day and throughout the night, being withdrawn only for showering and for physical exercise, for example.
Benefits for postpartum belly wraps
It is not mandatory to use the belly wrap, but it can help to hold your belly and also:
- It can help your uterus return to its physiological position, because it is still very large even after delivery;
- Helps prevent spinal pain that usually happens because the abdominal muscles are very weak;
- It leaves a woman's silhouette more beautiful, contributing to her self-esteem and well-being;
- It prevents the formation of seroma, which can happen in women who had a cesarean section, but in any case it is also recommended for those who had a normal birth.
The postpartum belly wrap can be used for up to 3 months, because from this stage the woman can already practice exercise to specifically strengthen her abdominal muscles, and the use of the wrap may impair the strengthening of the muscles.
What size to wear
The size you need to wear varies according to your physical structure. However, it is important that you feel comfortable and it does not tighten your belly too much.
To buy the right size, it is best to go to the store to try it out and choose one that is comfortable and does not detract from your breath or make you feel uncomfortable after eating. A good tip is to put on the belly wrap, sit down and eat a fruit or a biscuit to see how you feel.
In addition, you should not use very tight straps with the intention of thinning your waist, because these actually prevents the natural contraction of the muscles of the abdomen and can end up causing weakness and abdominal flaccidity.