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.