Shortly after giving birth, either naturally or by c-section, it’s very likely that your abdomen area feels incredibly delicate, which can take some time to recover. During this time of recovery back to normality, you may find yourself struggling to find a comfortable position nursing your baby or doing simple, everyday activities.
Postpartum girdles or wraps offer the support and comfort your mid-section needs during the recovery process. It also helps slim up your abdomen and achieve that pre-pregnancy silhouette, which can often take time to get back to its former glory, so in the meantime, a belly wrap can provide a much-needed confidence boost and also help you fit into your clothes better.
How to Determine Which Wrap or Girdle to Choose
When you don’t know what to look for, it’s difficult to choose a belly wrap or girdle, since to the untrained eye they all look like they achieve the same thing. Yet, it’s important to remember that there is a large variation in styles and designs that are designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of complaints.
With that said, here are some of the most important things to consider when selecting a girdle or wrap:
How difficult is it to wear? – Just after giving birth the last thing you want to do is battle to put a girdle on, especially if you have had a c-section and therefore have limited mobility. Therefore, make sure the design allows you to easily and quickly put it on with minimum effort.
Does it stay in place all day? – There’s nothing worse than wearing something under your outfit that keeps on moving and needing to be readjusted. A girdle that rides up your body or doesn’t stay in place is not a girdle you want to own. There are more things to concern you with than a demanding wrap or girdle to deal with.
Does it allow your body to breathe? – Something often overlooked is the breathability of the fabric material used. If you’re going to be wearing it all day, you want to allow maximum air circulation that will help reduce sweating and those dreaded wet patches.
Does it look good under clothes? – Seem lines, dark colors and bulges can make your girdle or wrap looking anything but inconspicuous. When you wear it, no one should be able to notice, therefore take note of the materials thickness, shade and other design features that may create bulges in your clothing.
Is it comfortable? – Obviously you want a girdle that provides your midsection with support and makes you look your best, but if it doesn’t feel good, then you’ve got to ask what the point is? Take not to avoid materials that may irate your skin and cause itching and try to choose one that won’t get too tight – adjustable options are therefore preferred.
What does a wearing a belly wrap do?
There are many reasons new mothers wear postpartum belly wrap and girdles.
Perhaps the most common reason is for body control – the reality is that it can take several months for your body to return to its ore-pregnancy state. It takes time for your body to heal and recover, so during that period many women like to keep lumps, bumps and excess fat under control by wearing a girdle.
As well as making you look and feel better, there are other major reasons why so many women opt to wear a girdle or belly wrap.
#1 Corrects Posture
Over the 9 months of being pregnant the excess weight from your baby can really have an impact on your posture. Correcting your posture will require a conscious effort and take some time. Thankfully, wearing a girdle can help adopt a healthier posture.
#2 Abdominal Support
Pregnancy and childbirth take their toll on your abdominal muscles, often leaving them weak and achy. This is even truer if you’re having a c-section that can take many months to heal.
After giving birth your muscles will be in a sorry state and recovery can take some time. Having additional abdominal support from a girdle or belly wrap can really aid the recovery. This is especially true for those who have had a c-section that often leaves a healing wound that can feel swollen and painful. It is often nice to know there is an extra barrier between your wound and the outside world too.
#3 Back Ache
After childbirth it’s not uncommon to experience back aches and pains for several weeks afterwards. It’s often recommended not to do too many strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects and intense exercise. The key is to take it easy and give your body time to recover.
A girdle can really help support your back and help provide additional support, helping to relieve some of the pain. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that this isn’t a permanent solution but it can certainly help.
Other things you can do to ease back pain include exercise classes such as yoga or any activity that helps to strengthen your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor as well as promoting good posture.
Our Top Picks
Chongerfei 3 In 1 Wrap
This postpartum wrap deals with all of the most common postpartum problem areas at the same time, including the pelvis, belly and waist. These can be worn together or separately, which is ideal as your body continues to change.
The wrap extends from the hips and rises high up on the waist, helping to compress and smooth out any problem areas to provide a seamless and shapely silhouette. This means you don’t have to worry about muffin tops or belly rolls being on display, allowing you to wear your favorite clothes with confidence and comfort.
The Velcro strap design makes it very straightforward to put on and means you don’t have to worry about snagging on any particularly swollen areas or if you’ve had a c-section; healing wounds and stitches.
The wrap also has built-in boning, providing a good amount of support to the mid and lower lumbar region of your back and pelvis, helping you to feel much more comfort during your postpartum recovery.
FOUMECH Girdle with Adjustable Straps
If you’re recovering from a c-section you’re probably looking for something that provides support and protection for your stitches and to help relieve any swelling and discomfort in your back. It provides a good amount of support to hold you together until your incision heals and you’re back to normal.
This girdle is ideal after a c-section as the built-in boning provides a good amount of support to your back, while the wrap around design helps to smooth out your body, making you look smaller and smoother in an instant. The thought of having your stitches and wounds uncovered often makes women feel quite vulnerable, so it’s good to know you can cover them up if you feel you are doing something that has the potential to cause irritation.
If your body is swollen and you have stitches then it’s a good idea to avoid girdles that are fastened with complicated hook and eye closures. Instead, this girdle has a double-adjustment Velcro fastener, making it easy to fasten up when you aren’t very mobile or feeling too energetic.
Obviously, part of the healing process means allowing your wounds to get some air, however, the fact that this girdle has a breathable fabric means you can relax that your incision isn’t getting sweaty or affected by a total lack of air.
Maidenform Flexees Postpartum Compression Wrap
This particular compression wrap offers coverage for most of the upper body, and since it’s worn like a regular top, it is probably one of the most comfortable postpartum wraps available. And if you don’t like the idea of girdles that are fitted with boning, then you’ll probably prefer a more flexible compression wrap.
Instead of being wrapped around a single portion of your body, it is worn as an open-chested tank top, helping to compress the entire upper body, smoothing out your specific contours to provide an amazing silhouette. It has a mesh lining to provide support and shape instead of the typical boning found in many girdles, which makes it much more comfortable to wear for long durations.
The mesh design provides control to the abdomen, hips and side, making it ideal for mothers just recovering from childbirth. And because it doesn’t just stop at the waist it means you don’t have to worry about those annoying bulges underneath your clothes. The open-chest design also means you can get away with wearing your own bra.
Squeem Belly Binder
The Squeem belly binder is a postpartum girdle and shapewear in one, what does this mean? The shapewear fits to the contours of your stomach and hips providing a seamless and smooth shape, while at the same time enhancing your natural silhouette. As well as making you look your best, it also provides the much-needed support that many new mothers look for shortly after giving birth.
The girdle has a fitted boning design that provides a good amount of support to the back and pelvis and prevents the fabric from riding up on your body, which is never a good look. A unique design feature of the squeem is the lining – the inner lining is made from 100% cotton, which is extremely comfortable and prevents chafing, while the outer is made from natural rubber which is easy to keep clean and stays cool.
As well as providing extra support many mothers need after childbirth, this shapewear also helps to tone and tighten the tummy and improve posture, all helping to make your recovery easier. The sizing options re also very accommodating, ranging from small for petite mothers, all the way to XXL – ideal for plus size ladies.
LODAY 2 In 1 Postpartum Recovery Wrap
If you’re on a tight budget as many new mothers are, then this budget-friendly girdle offers value for money and won’t leave you trying to make ends meet.
This girdle doesn’t have any fasteners which makes it quite innovative and comfortable to wear throughout the day. Velcro fasteners do allow you more adjustability as your body size changes, but they can look a little bulky underneath certain clothes. They also have a tendency to wear out, while other types of closures such as hooks aren’t ideal for those with limited mobility.
The wrap is made from an elastic material that hugs to your body’s contours, helping to compress muffin tops and other unsightly bulges. It also breathable and made from a relatively thick material, but you don’t have to worry about it showing under your tops as the nude color helps it to blend in quite well.
A potential limitation of this design is that you need to choose the correct size for your body shape, while ones with fasteners tend to have a little more wiggle room as they have more adjustability.