Pregnancy and Weight – What are the benefits of wearing an abdominal binder

Postpartum Girdle

A Bellefit Corset will help speed up your childbirth recovery

An abdominal binder is a special compression garment that you wear around your midsection. You may be wondering why you would need to wear an abdominal binder after having a baby. The reasons for wearing an abdominal binder are typically related to surgery or childbirth – or sometimes, both! Maybe it seems like putting extra pressure on your belly might even hurt. On the contrary, compression is a common technique used to speed healing, often after surgery or after an injury like a sprained ankle. Compression offers support to the area that is healing. Compression also increases blood flow and reduces swelling, both of which are key components of the healing process.

How tight is tight enough?

An abdominal binder is meant to be quite tight – though not so tight that you can’t breathe or sit comfortably. Some abdominal binders are simple swaths of thick fabric that you wrap around your belly area, securing the wrap with velcro or a series of snaps. Other binders are more like a bodysuit that you step into and pull up around you midsection.

 So again, why wear a postpartum girdle?

The purpose of an abdominal binder it to promote healing through compression. During pregnancy, your baby takes up an amazing amount of space inside your body. Your abdominal muscles are stretched to their limit, and your lower back muscles must compensate for the shift in your center of gravity. The growing baby pushes your internal organs out of the way as he grows and grow. By the end of your pregnancy, your stomach has been pushed up close to your heart! As anyone who has had a baby knows, it takes some time before you return to your pre-pregnancy shape. When your baby is born, she leaves behind an empty uterus – and it takes approximately six weeks for this organ to shrink back to its normal size. Likewise, your organs do not immediately return to their pre-pregnancy locations, either. An abdominal binder, however, can speed this process along.

 Your abdominal muscles remember

Wearing an abdominal binder as soon as possible after childbirth – no matter if you delivered vaginally or with a c-section – works wonders for your healing process. You should feel like your lower back is supported, even though your adbominal muscles are not yet able to do this job on their own. The compression, along with the natural after-birth contractions that you have, pushes your uterus from the outside in, helping it find its pre-pregnancy shape and location. The same is true for your other abdominal organs: compression can help your stomach and intestines drop back into their previous position. Binding your abdomen can also remind your abdominal muscles how to behave. Though you may not be consciously tightening your abs, the compression helps them snap back from being stretched to accomodate your baby. If you had a c-section, an abdominal binder is a must for your healing process. Compression over your incision will help reduce the pain that many women feel when they laugh, cry, or even roll over in bed. Wearing a compression garment will help your incision heal faster, too, because compression will increase blood flow to that area and help reduce the swelling around your incision. http://www.bellefit.com

Which Girdle is Right for Me?

There are so many options for abdominal binders on the market today. The best products offer a combination of comfort and support. The right abdominal binder should also be easy to use! Bellefit offers a postpartum abdominal binder that meets these criteria. Medical grade compression panels in the front and back of the garment will support your midsection as you heal.

A snug fit ensures that the garment will not slip off, even as you care for you new baby and resume your normal daily activities. A hook and eye closure makes it easy to use the restroom without having to take the entire garment off, too!  You can put it on when you get out of bed in the morning and not think about it again until you take it off at night. In fact, many women choose to wear the binder 24 hours a day – even while sleeping – to receive the maximum benefit from abdominal compression!

At first gland, an abdominal binder may seem like an unncessary expense for postpartum women. But the results you will see make the investment in your body and your health worth every penny.

How long do you wear a postpartum girdle

For how long should You wear a girdle or corset?

To achieve the best results, postpartum mothers should wear the appropriate medical-quality girdle continuously (24 hrs) for a minimum period of one week. After the initial week you may take it off during the night.You may continue to wear your garment for the remaining 120 days, or as long as you feel comfortable. You will be able to fit into the next size down which you may continue to wear until your skin has gone back to normal.

Postpartum Girdle after C-Section

Rachel describes her experience after using a Postpartum Girdle for C-Section Recovery.

Why do Postpartum Girdles work?

The growing fetus can stretch the rectus abdominis muscle as much as 50%. Still present after childbirth are hormones secreted during pregnancy such as estrogen, progesterone, and relaxin, which loosen the abdominal muscles, the pelvic structure, and supporting ligaments and joints. A Postpartum Girdle can offer greater stability to a woman’s body after delivery.


The girdle acts to retract the body by drawing in stretched muscles and providing 360° structure to the torso, subsequently reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks. Reducing stress in these areas enhances the body’s ability to return to its pre-pregnancy alignment and shape. Additionally, as shifted and constrained organs return to their pre-pregnancy locations, the wearer of a postpartum girdle will feel held in place and more confident in her body movements.

Estrogen, Progesterone & Relaxin

The growing fetus can stretch the rectus abdominis muscle as much as 50%. Still present after childbirth are hormones secreted during pregnancy such as estrogen, progesterone, and relaxin, which loosen the abdominal muscles, the pelvic structure, and supporting ligaments and joints. A Bellefit® support garment can offer greater stability to a woman’s body after delivery. The garment acts to retract the body by drawing in stretched muscles and providing 360° structure to the torso, subsequently reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks. Reducing stress in these areas enhances the body’s ability to return to its pre-pregnancy alignment and shape. Additionally, as shifted and constrained organs return to their pre-pregnancy locations, the wearer of a Bellefit® garment will feel held in place and more confident in her body movements.

History of Girdles

A girdle is a garment that encircles the lower torso, perhaps extending below the hips, and worn often for support. The word girdle originally meant a belt. In modern English, the term girdle is most commonly used for a form of women’s foundation wear that replaced the corset in popularity. In sports, a girdle may be similar to compression shorts.

Historically and in anthropology, the girdle can be a scanty belt-shaped textile for men and/or women, worn on its own, not holding a larger garment in place, and less revealing than the loin-cloth, as was used by Minoan pugilists.

In fact, using a postpregnancy girdle post-baby is a tradition in many cultures; the Japanese call their girdle wrap a ‘sarashi,’ hispanics call their binder a ‘faja,’ and the Malays call it a bengkung.

Constructed of elasticized fabric and sometimes fastened with hook and eye closures, the modern girdle is designed to enhance a woman’s figure. Most open-bottom girdles extend from the waist to the upper thighs. In the 1960s, these models fell from favor and were to a great extent replaced by the panty girdle. The panty girdle resembles a tight pair of athletic shorts. Both models of girdles usually include suspender clips to hold up stockings.

Girdles were considered essential garments by many women from about 1920 to the late 1960s. They created a rigid, controlled figure that was seen as eminently respectable and modest. They were also crucial to the couturier Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look, which featured a voluminous skirt and a narrow, nipped-in waistline, also known as a wasp waist.

Later in the 1960s, the girdle was generally supplanted by pantyhose. Pantyhose replaced girdles for many women who had used the girdle essentially as a means of holding up sheer nylon stockings. Those who want more control purchase “control top” pantyhose.

Girdles and “body shapers” are still sold to women who want to shape their figure with a garment. Some of these garments incorporate a brassiere and thus become functionally equivalent to a corset. However, they do not incorporate boning and hence do not produce the constricted waistline characteristic of Victorian-era corsets.

Postpartum Girdle Benefits

  • Doctor recommended.
  • Provides support for pendulous abdomen after pregnancy.
  • Helps straighten the spine after nine months carrying the baby.
  • Right compression prevents enlargement of fatty cells.
  • Helps the uterus go back to its place in less time.
  • Easy access to the groin with convenient flap with hooks.
  • Stays in place and offers overall support.
  • Won’t roll down your back or ride up your buttocks.
  • Helps you perform daily duties without feeling the aftermath effects of an overweight belly.
  • Aides emotionally since you want to look nice and fit as soon as possible.
  • Highly necessary on the second or third pregnancy.
  • Great for lymphatic drainage; decreases the risks of fluid collection and helps reduce swelling.
  • Perfect to use after surgery not only for C-Section, but also Hysterectomy, Diastasis-Recti.