New Little Life
Birth Doula, Lactation Counselor, Birth and Bereavement Doula
Welcome to my Belly Binding page! I’m excited to share this new service with you! After your new little life is here, it can be easy to forget about the healing mother. During pregnancy and childbirth the hips open, the abdominal muscles seperate, the uterus grows, the skin stretches, and the cervix dilates. This is a normal part childbearing but requires some healing time.
Your once again changing body will feel stretched and open but wouldn’t it be nice to feel firm, supported, and warm? Belly Binding can help support your healing muscles, support your shrinking uterus, and close your pelvic floor.
What is Bengkung Belly Binding?
Belly Binding is considered an ancient technique consisting of binding a postpartum woman’s abdomen to promote recovery and provide comfort and support to her healing womb. Made from 100% cotton fabric, the bind is wrapped snuggly from just below the woman’s chest to below her hips. This provides support to her abdominal wall and muscles, improves posture, supports loose ligaments and hips, and assists her organs to return to their pre-pregnancy positions.
Heres some information on Cultures and Beliefs of Belly Binding.
Benefits of Belly Binding
- Pelvic Floor Support
- During childbirth, the cervix opens approximately 10cm. Steady, pressure support on the hips helps the cervix and pelvic floor close and return to it’s pre-pregnancy size.
- Back Support
- Lower back pain is a common complaint of new mothers, largely due to weak abdominal muscles and poor posture. Belly Binding is a great antidote to both of these causes.
- Diastasis Recti – During pregnancy, the two large band of abdominal muscles can expand and separate. Separation usually lessens a few months postpartum, but can last for longer periods depending on the severity.
- Belly Binding helps to tone the abdominal muscles by keeping the muscles in the proper places during healing and providing pressure to close the abdominal muscles. Belly Binding should never be used as the sole practice for healing, but an additional method of support and comfort to your healing body.
- Decreases postpartum bleeding time
- Posture – It is difficult (if not impossible) to slouch while properly bound. This can help with the common “nursing-slouch” that can lead to muscle aches and difficultly breastfeeding. Correct posture while breastfeeding leads to proper latch and decreased muscle tension.
- Modesty – Lifting your shirt and exposing your belly to feed your new little life can be difficult or uncomfortable for some women. Having a bind on can have the added benefit of providing a little more modesty while also providing great support.
- Taking the time each day to care for yourself, recognizing that the postpartum mother is just as important as your new little life, and wrapping yourself with the comfort and care that you deserve is a valuable addition to your daily routine.
- Positive Self Image – Using beautiful fabric to wrap your healing body not only looks great, but feels great too. When you feel good and supported, you feel better about yourself in general. Happy moms lead to happy babies.
- Postpartum wrapping helps slim your ribs, hips, and abdomen by holding them in place and guiding them back to together as they heal.
Benefits of this specific type of wrapping style include:
- Complete customization – Since this wrap is, in it’s simplicity a piece of fabric, you can wrap it to fit your unique body type. They are one size fits most, but you can get a longer or shorter one if you feel you need it.
- Only one size needed – As your healing postpartum body changes, this wrap will change with you. You’ll never need to buy a different size once you’ve got your wrap, simply keep wrapping! Fitting it to your changing shape, comfort, and goals.
- This wrap covers the area from just under the breasts all the way down past the hips, for maximum support throughout the entire abdomen which you wont find with other popular wraps on the market. This wrap can also be wrapped as tightly or loose as is comfortable to you, without having all that velcro poking, pinching, and digging into you.
- This technique is easy to learn and once your have a wrap and the knowledge of how to use it, there’s no need for additional $$! You can make additional wraps and belly paste yourself (if needed) although one wrap should be all you’ll need! You can keep wrapping yourself as long as you want. 🙂
When Can I Start Belly Binding?
Vaginal Delivery – As long as you’re cleared by your primary care provider, you can start binding during the first week postpartum. Usually 2-3 days after delivery.
Cesarean Delivery – You can start binding after you’re cleared by your primary care provider, usually after your incision site has healed and any stitches removed. Typically between 4-6 weeks postpartum is a common time to start.
Miscarriage/Stilborn – You can absolutely bind after a pregnancy/baby loss. This can help with your physical as well as emotional healing. Please contact me for special bereavement pricing.
You can bind for 4-10 hours per day or as long as your comfortable. If the bind starts to hurt or you feel too constricted, it may be time for a break. Traditionally the bind for the first 40 days postpartum, but some bind much longer.
What if you’re already 8 weeks postpartum? 12 weeks? 1 year? It’s not too late! Bind anytime for additional support!
*Consult your primary care provider before beginning any wellness program.
Prenatal Belly Binding
Although it is not done in the same way, pregnancy women can benefit from support of a belly wrap as well. Often the use of moby wraps or ring slings work best here to provide support for the belly and reducing strain on the back.
*Pictures and tutorials coming soon!
Warming Belly Paste/Essential oil
The warming paste is applied directly to the skin and is made from natural herbs and spices. It is said to increase muscle tone and tighten the skin. It may also produce benefits of increasing blood flow to the abdominal area, stimulate the release of retained water which can occur after childbirth, and promote healing due to its warming effects.
Ingredients purchased from mountain rose herbs (all organic if available). Comes in a clear glass jar and includes:
- Cinnamon – Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar levels, antibacterial, anti-fungal
- Cardamom – anti-depressant, treats urinary disorders, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, detoxification, improves blood circulation, remedy for nausea/vomiting
- Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, reduces muscle pain and soreness, lowers blood sugars, reduces menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol, anti-carcinogenic, improves brain function, fights infections
- Nutmeg – pain relief, helps indigestion, detox the body, improve blood circulation, improves skin health
- Turmeric – Super spice, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, increases brain function, anti-carcinogenic, anti-depressant, anti-aging
- and others
*information taken from a variety of sources
♦ ♦ ♦ Wear paste to warm and firm the skin. Mix with equal parts carrier oil of your choice (coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, etc.) with the herb mixture to create a paste. Apply directly to skin and place a underwrap or pad over paste because paste will stain the wrap (will also stain hands so consider wearing gloves). Then wrap with a belly bind. Wear 2-4 hours daily. ♦ ♦ ♦
Essential Oil Application
Essential oils can be used instead of the warming paste if you prefer. Most of the herbs listed above are available in essential oil form. There are many books and other informational resources available for you to study the benefits and risks of essential oil use.
doTERRA essential oils are available for purchase through my site (click here) or in person, although any brand you like will do.
Complete Belly Binding ServiceWrapping session with solid muslin wrap included.
- Complete belly binding service includes:
- 1 postpartum wrapping session in the comfort of your own home by Allison, Belly Binding Specialist, for personal instruction and education on how to use your bind.
- Application of warming belly paste or essential oil mixture and light abdominal massage (optional).
- 1 unbleached muslin belly bind to keep for your future use. Also includes a warming panel to protect bind from paste or oil.
- Plain wrap made from muslin approximately 9 inches wide and 16 yards long. Thread color on surged edges may vary.
- Also available in XL size (19 yards long) for an additional $5. If you were over a size 18 or 5’9″ with a long torso, a longer wrap may make your feel more comfortable. Smaller size available upon request.
- Patterned wraps made from 100% cotton in various patterns. Approximately 9 inches wide and 16 yards long.
- Also available in XL size (19 yards long) for an additional $10. If you were over a size 18 or 5’9″ with a long torso, a longer wrap may make your feel more comfortable.
- This warming paste is made from natural herbs including cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and cumin. These are warming herbs meant to heal through promoting circulation and tighten the skin.
- Add equal parts carrier oil and mix into a paste. Apply to skin, cover with underwrap (option but recommended due to staining), then bind. Wear gloves or apply with care as turmeric will stain hands yellow.
- Also available in an essential oil spray or roll on with similar ingredients and effects.
- Warming paste/oil is optional but can be a great addition to belly binding! Be cautious of potential side effects when breastfeeding if baby seems sensitive.