The one struggle that a lot of new mothers have after giving birth is trying to lose weight or at least fit in their pre-pregnancy clothes again. While some lucky women leave the hospital with their old jeans on, it takes other moms weeks, months and in some cases, years until they reach their pre-pregnancy weight. After carrying a baby for nine long months, their stomachs just aren’t what they used to be and that’s why so many rely on body wraps to help them regain their bodies back after birth.
For a lot of women, a belly binder is their number one must-have item after giving birth. And while it works great for some, others don’t get the results they are looking for right away. The belly wrap might not be for everyone as there are plenty of pros and cons to using one.
Some moms wear them around the house during their first few weeks at home with the baby while others have a hard time getting used to one or worse, try to breastfeed with their body wraps on. And unfortunately, you can’t just put a body wrap on or take one off whenever you want to. Here are 10 reasons why a body wrap is a great item to have and 5 reasons why they might not work for everyone.
15 It Gives Body Support
For a lot of new moms, they’ll take all the support that they can get. It’s no secret that a lot of women have a hard time doing the simplest things after a grueling and in some cases traumatic birth. Your body has never experienced anything like giving birth before.
If needed, you can also look for bariatric tummy wraps and postpartum C-sections binders. After all, with all of the extra weight that you are carrying around and not used to, your belly and your back needs the support. Look for a band that has elastic material with a plush liner. This way the binder feels soft around your skin. A plus-sized stomach wrap might also be helpful, as they are less restrictive and more flexible than smaller or traditional wraps.
14 Perfect For Body Shaping
Many new mothers will tell you that while they’ve managed to lose all of their post-partum weight, their bodies just aren’t the same anymore. You might be the same weight you used to be before you got pregnant, but some of your jeans might fit differently or not at all. That’s mostly because your body has taken on a new shape or your weight has just shifted to different places.
Thankfully, body wraps are perfect for new mothers who are looking to get their pre-pregnancy shapes back. It might not be easy, but it’s not impossible. Plus, medical professionals suggest that new mothers don’t start working out for at least six weeks post-partum. With the belly wrap, it lets moms get their bodies back before they even hit the gym.
13 It’s Great For Moms On-The-Go
The belly wrap is great for moms on-the-go or for women that have very little to no time for the gym. When you become a mom, it’s not about you anymore. You’ll find out pretty quickly that you’ll have to adjust yourself to your child’s schedule, whether you are prepared for it, or not!
A body wrap is great for those who simply don’t have the time or the energy to hit their gym several times a week while trying to also take care of their baby and get a full night of sleep at the same time. While results might vary, many women say that wearing the body wrap along with drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy diet has helped them lose weight and feel great about themselves again.
12 Great For Exhausted Mothers
You might feel like you have no control of your muscles – or your entire body for that matter – after you give birth. The good thing about belly wraps is that it provides that additional support you need, especially when you feel weak and exhausted. After all, you just gave birth to a little human being!
A lot of body wraps are made with simple designs that make it easy for mothers to simply apply and adjust. Also, it’s a great way for moms to get the support they need in their abdomens while also helping their uterus get back to normal much sooner. Also, if you look and feel slimmer, it will also help you feel much more confident about yourself post-pregnancy. A lot of mothers want to look and feel great. That’s why so many use body wraps to help them reach their post-pregnancy goals in no time.
11 Many Women In Other Cultures Swear By It
We might have only been wearing belly wraps for a couple of decades now, but some women in other cultures have been wearing their wraps for much longer than you think. As a matter of fact, there are a good number of new mothers from around the world that swear by it. Instead of focusing on their post-partum diets and new work out regimes, women from all parts of the globe prefer to wear a body wrap after birth.
Plus, a lot of women don’t have the time or the resources to exercise or even go on a simple walk with their newborn baby. Others simply don’t have the extra help to take care of their child. A lot of women from different cultures don’t even go to the gym or work out for that matter. That’s why they’ve been using body wraps or even handing some down from generation to generation.
10 It Puts Your Stomach Muscles Back To Work
As we all know, your body goes through a number of changes during your pregnancy. There’s a chance that you might not even recognize yourself in the mirror after you give birth. The great thing about belly wraps is that they put your muscles back to work.
Plus, there’s also the possibility that your body wrap might help the skin around your stomach become tighter and smoother. And at the end of the day, women want to see results. What’s more, many doctors even prescribe body wraps for post-delivery mothers with back problems. It can also help you with your posture, too. Plus, you don’t want to spend your time readjusting it all the time, especially if you have to focus on your baby and all of your new responsibilities as a mother. Make sure your wrap fits perfectly before using it.
9 It’s Super Stretchy
A lot of women say they love their belly wraps because not only are they super stretch, but they also give you a lot of belly support. A lot of women find that their body wraps shrink in size while they lose weight. This means that their wraps are helping moms get to their post-baby goals faster and more efficiently, too.
If you are currently shopping around for a body wrap, make sure that you find one that is comfortable and doesn’t pinch you in all of the wrong places. Remember that you’ll be wearing one for several hours at a time. It has to be comfortable enough for you to do your everyday chores and activities. The material is very important. The more it stretches, the better if will feel.
8 You Can Wear It Around The House
The best thing about belly wraps is that no one has to see you wear them. You can wear one in the comfort of your own home while you're with your baby, cooking dinner or simply lounging around the house. If you're self-conscious about wearing one, you can always opt for looser fitted clothing if you want to get out of the house for some fresh air, or get some errands done.
Although, make sure that your body wrap isn’t fitted too tight. If you are feeling dizzy or lightheaded, take it off immediately and discontinue using one until you talk to your doctor. As a matter of fact, make sure that your doctor knows that you are using a body wrap before purchasing one to wear at home.
7 You Can Wear It For Just A Few Weeks
A belly wrap doesn’t have to be a long-term investment. As a matter of fact, some women find themselves only wearing their wraps for a few short weeks after they give birth. A lot of women might only wear it for the first six weeks or until their doctors give them the green light to work out again.
Think of the baby wrap as a jump-start to your post-baby weight loss plan. Of course, you can wear one for as long as you like but a lot of women don’t wear their body wraps more than two or three months after they’ve given birth. That’s because they either have to go back to work or are venturing out of the house more with their new baby. And the more active moms are, the more they can get back into their pre-baby shape in no time.
6 It Works Just Like Spanx
It’s no secret that a lot of woman love to wear spanx. Sometimes a little shape wear can go a long way, especially in all of the right places. Plus, it helps your body look smooth without all of the extra bumps, creases and love handles that tend to poke out when you are wearing a form-fitting dress. And a body wrap works the exact same way. It keeps your post-baby belly in, giving you a smoother, more streamlined appearance underneath your clothes.
The best part is that it gives you an immediate slimming effect. While it might take you weeks to actually shed the extra weight that you are carrying around your abdominal area, a body wrap will make you look like you look slimmer than what you really are. Or better yet, it might make you look like you never gained the 30 or 40 pregnancy pounds you had in the first place.
5 It Might Be Embarrassing To Wear
By now, we know that not every new mother walks out of the hospital in her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. It might take several long months before a woman can shed all of the weight she gained during her pregnancy. And while some can easily lose the weight through diet and exercise, others need a little more help before they can wear their old clothes again.
A lot of moms might think that wearing a belly wrap is just like a corset, and that might be embarrassing. And if you are wearing one during the summer months, it might be difficult to conceal under your clothes. Plus, a lot of women might not want people to know that they are wearing a body wrap or a corset because not only are they out of fashion, but also because they don’t want to admit that they didn’t put in the hard work that’s needed to get their bodies back. It almost seems like a quick fix to a long-term problem.
4 It Might Add To Your Postpartum Pain
Many new mothers will tell you that it takes them several weeks or in some cases several months until they feel like their former selves again. That’s because of all the post-partum pain they have to deal with, regardless of whether they gave birth naturally or via C-section. And for some, wearing a belly wrap might just add to their postpartum pain.
Plus, a lot of women say that they are already dealing with enough pain, especially if they are breastfeeding and have plugged milk ducts or worse, mastitis. They don’t want to deal with having to put on a body wrap or corset, especially if things are already super uncomfortable as it is. In this case, a body wrap might do you more harm than good. If you feel like a body wrap might be the reason why you are in pain, seek medical attention immediately.
3 The Wraps Aren’t Snuggly
For some, it’s difficult to find a body wrap that fits perfectly. Either they are too loose or not very snuggly at all. And trying to find the right wrap for your body type is not only time-consuming but frustrating, too. That’s why so many women give up on it right away.
If you still want a body wrap and are determined to wear one, try several different brands and / or sizes before choosing the right one that’s for you. With regular use, you’ll find that your body will decrease faster. It’s almost needless to say that one brand and size might work better for one mom more than another. When purchasing one, look at the customer reviews or better yet, ask for help from a department store sales assistant to help you choose the right body wrap for you.
2 They Can be Uncomfortable When Breastfeeding
For a lot of mothers, the belly wrap can be rather uncomfortable to wear, especially if they are breastfeeding. It’s hard to adjust the wrap while trying to maneuver or get comfortable while breastfeeding a newborn baby. Or they might find that they simply can’t wear one when they are trying to breastfeed their baby. A lot of moms are then forced to choose and end up discontinuing use of their body wraps because they want to focus on breastfeeding instead.
Also, you can’t exercise if you are wearing a body wrap or on the same day you are wearing a body wrap. You are also not advised to take a shower after removing the wrap, as some suggest that you wait at least until the next day to shower. And for a lot of women, it’s a hard decision, especially if they have to go back to work only a few weeks after they’ve given birth.
1 Some Don’t Last More Than Two Weeks
Many women who have used belly wraps after their pregnancies say that some don’t last more than two weeks. That means they continually have to go to the store and spend more money on body wraps if they want to continue shaping their bodies. And with all of the money that new parents have to spend on baby products and items like clothing and diapers, they can’t afford to continually buy new body wraps.
Also, many experts say moms should not wear the wrap for more than eight hours at a time. That’s because you might experience some side effects such as bloating, flu-like symptoms, rashes and more. If you feel uncomfortable or sick, take it off. It’s not worth jeopardizing your health, especially if you feel as though a body wrap might not be working for you.
Sources: ParentingHealthyBabies.com, WebMD.com, ABCNews.go.com, RealSelf.com