Abdominal binding postpartum has been around for a long time, but with a resurgence of more modern designs and easy to use garments, questions pop up often from women about what is best for them postpartum.
The history of belly binding is rooted in honoring the 40 days of rest “the sitting moon” for mother’s after delivery. A time that is honored slightly differently in various cultures. But the idea is for the mother to be taken care of both physically, emotionally and spiritually. The mother does very little activity other than t give her self rest and nourish her new baby.
When a mother is honoring this time and limiting activity, belly binding or wraps can be a beautiful way to reconnect to the core and feel supported where there is now a void with the delivery of baby. When the binder or wrap is applied early on, not doing too much physically is crucial. And this is due to the fact that anytime there is a force through the core, the pressure from it must go somewhere. And in most cases that is pressed downward into the pelvic floor, which is often healing and/or stretched from pregnancy and/or delivery.
Therefore if a mother is walking around a lot, lifting and using the binding to allow her to do more physically, the goal is lost and the risks could begin to outweigh the benefits. I often use a toothpaste bottle as a visual example. If you were to squeeze the center of the tube (the binder) and place the tube upright, the toothpaste would be pushed down and out the opening, just like your pelvic floor. And unless your pelvic floor has had an adequate time to heal and recover, the lid (pelvic floor) would not have the stamina to stay on and prevent leaking (incontinence, prolapse, pain).
Overall, I am neither for it or against it. I just believe firmly that women need education on its proper application and what is feasible for them in their situation. Every woman is different, so every solution can’t be the same!
Personally, I have chosen to wear the BaoBei maternity bloomers and absolutely love them. The compression is mild and most importantly they give support to the pelvic floor as well. I would recommend these wholeheartedly. Check them out for yourself here!