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Belly Binding

What is Belly Binding?

Belly Binding

Belly Binding is an ancient Malaysian method of wrapping the postpartum mother’s abdomen in a long narrow piece of muslin or light weight cloth. Wrapping the belly is an effective and important part of a mother’s recovery that aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter time period, normally 6 to 8 weeks. A sacred belly wrap provides a mother’s postpartum body with 360 degree support to assist the abdominal wall muscle retraction, improve posture, stabilize loosened ligaments, and provide support to the torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.

What are the benefits of Belly Binding?

  • Provides postural support for the torso and organs as they return to pre- pregnancy position
  • Supports and assists abdominal wall healing and diastasis recti* recovery
  • Supports the body’s natural spine and posture realignment post birth
  • Constant pressure on the torso and abdomen hastens healing by reducing water, fat and air in the tissue and cells
  • Stabilizes loose ligaments
  • Helps to prevent and relieve lower back aches and strains
  • Prevents slouching while feeding or holding your child

When and how long do I wrap?

Women should be wrapped as soon they can after birth, ideally on day five postpartum. The belly bind should be worn daily for 10-12 hours a day for at least 40 days or longer. Often women who use a belly bind after birth return to their own pre-pregnancy size in 6-8 weeks.
After a cesarean birth women should wait at least 6 weeks until the incision is mostly healed before they are wrapped.

Other uses for Belly Binding:

  • Menstrual cramp Relief
  • After a Hysterectomy
  • Core Support
  • Posture Support
  • Breastfeeding
  • We offer in-home Belly Binding Instruction.  Our certified Belly Binder will come to your home for step-by-step personal instruction within a 40 mile radius of Avon Lake.

*will not fix diastatsis recti, but will offer support to the area postpartum

We also offer DIY Belly Binding Kits that include: a case for your bind that doubles as an underlay, the natural muslin bind with hemmed edges, step-by-step instructions with a link to online tutorial, a sample of Scentsable Health’s Beyond the Bump Postpartum Salve.