Post C-section Fashion DO: Czela Bellies
The day my doctor confirmed my 4th pregnancy... way back in 2008, he also confirmed that I would be having a c-section. My previous three deliveries had been very tough on my body (who said they get easier as you go...?), so he said due to that... a c-section would be the safest option for me and the baby. I wasn't exactly excited about it, but I knew that if it was safer for me and the baby, I would do it - I would do anything. C-sections are MUCH different than vaginal deliveries... on all accounts.
The biggest difference for me was recovery. With my three oldest sons, I was back up in action pretty quickly... with my c-section, I was "down and out" for a good 2-3 weeks. I wanted to run and play with the boys, but my body just couldn't do it. It took a little getting used to... especially when five "men" at home are depending on me.
So... I'm sure you're wondering - how are c-sections at all fashionable? Where's the connection? Well... let me introduce you to the oh-so-chic and fabulous Czela Bellies. My Czela Bellies were my post c-section saving grace during my recovery time... not to mention, they made me feel pretty and happy (ahh... the fashionista connection!). With so many women expecting right now (honestly, there seems to be something in the water), I wanted to pass along one of my favorite post-pregnancy/post-c-section secrets - and it was my undies, my Czela Bellies!
Founder & Designer of Czela Bellies CesareanWear, Jennifer Bourgoyne (who is also just an overall amazing woman!) had her "AHA" moment after a "recent and repeat cesarean section delivery herself," when she discovered the discomfort that even a simple pair of soft cotton undies caused (much less anything with a waistband). And so, as they say, if it's not yet made - make it yourself...
Jennifer went for it! She revolutionized undergarments for a sector of women that had been overlooked: c-section moms. Czela Bellies CesareanWear's front panel is made to be adjusted on your body so that the chenille band always rests between your c-section area and any binding waistbands, buckles, buttons or zipper front closures. One of the worst feelings is having anything brush up against that tender area post c-section.
Having Czela Bellies there to protect your incision is so wonderful... and (here's the fashionista in me) still keeps you looking fashionably chic, it's a true a win-win. You have the softness, the most comfortable undies... and still, you have the fashionable fun.
These are my 2 favorite patterns:
People have asked me how long I wore my Czela Bellies. I literally LIVED in them for 6 weeks. I loved that I could wear the waistband high or low... it all depended on my comfort level. Your incision does start to heal pretty quickly, so the most important thing is to keep it healing properly. My Czela's were the most comfortable undergarments in the world. I cannot say enough about them!
If you're pregnant and know you're having a c-section baby (or know someone who is!)... get yourself (or them!) some Czela Bellies! If you have a surprise c-section... order some immediately!