Q: How long should I wear the binding?
A: Traditionally, the Malaysian belly bind is done for the entire postpartum “confinement” period, which is 30-40 days in the cultures that observe this practice. This is quite impractical for modern day living. The best belly binding length to be 12-24 hours for 5 – 10 days.
Q: What makes belly binding different from western postpartum girdles like Belly Bandit?
A: A Malaysian Belly Bind is a long wrap that covers from under the chest all the way down to below the hips. This way, it doesn’t just work on the waist, but also helps the ribcage and the hips go back to their former dimensions. It also stays put when you move, and so it doesn’t press on the abdomen. Girdles that only bind the abdomenpush down on the pelvic floor muscles and organs, they could potentially cause or worsen pelvic, uterine, or bladder prolapse. The custom fit cannot be found anywhere else, and this improves the results you will see.
Q: How effective is belly binding compared to a postpartum girdle, like the ones you can buy at Wal-mart?
A: The bind is a custom fit for you. Imagine buying a pair of one size fits all, it never fits the same person the exact same way as the next.
Q: How do I go to the bathroom while wearing the belly bind?
A: The most effective belly bind stretches from just below your bust to about mid-hip, near your pelvic bone. You’ll want to wear the mesh underwear while getting bound, and it’ll still be easy for you to pull them down to go to the bathroom.
Q: My belly bind bunches, rolls, or moves during the day. How can I keep it from doing that?
A: The bind moves because you move! In cultures who use this, they don’t move around very much and are made to relax. The less you move, the less the bind moves.
Q: Am I too late to belly bind if I’m x-number of months/years postpartum?
A: The short answer is no. You can still receive benefits belly binding after 8 weeks postpartum.
Q: You mentioned the belly bind can be useful during pregnancy. Can you tell me more about that?
A: During pregnancy the hormone Relaxin works to loosen up all our joints in preparation for birth. This enables the baby to move more easily through the normally rigid pelvic area, it allows greater range of motion. Sitting, laying down, and normal day-to-day movements sometimes become painful or even impossible. The bind can be tied short, giving support to your growing belly as well as your hips and pelvic/pubic bones.(Please note: misuse of the belly bind during pregnancy without support from a professional can lead to restricted fetal growth and worsened pain, and is not advised).
Q: Can I still belly bind if I have a c-section?
A: You can still be bound after
Q: Can I still belly bind if I have a miscarriage or still-birth?
A: You can still receive belly binding if either of these situations occurs, and in fact, the belly bind will speed your emotional as well as physical healing. Contact me for special bereavement pricing.
Q: What if I want to learn how to belly bind?
A: I teach mini classes to mamas and a friend and/or family member of their choice who can learn to do the bind. Usually a woman will want this if she intends to bind for longer than 5 or 10 days. If you desire to offer this as a birth service or would like to hold a larger class, please contact me for class information and pricing.