Health & Fitness
Can You Blast Baby Belly Fat With a Band?
You’ve heard the comments before. Your belly is so “cute”. That beautiful pregnant belly that was the center of attention for so many months isn’t so cute after baby comes out. That tight belly turned into jelly with one good push or in my case one long incision.
So what’s a Mom to do about this massive mush in her mid-section after baby comes out? After giving birth to my daughter via C-section the nurses in the hospital recommended I use a belly band. Their recommendation was based on the support it would give me along with comfort during my post partum healing and they mentioned it has been known to help women lose weight. Women around the world have been wrapping their bellies after birth for centuries. But was this just an old wives tale or would this really work?
My stance? Dang if I know but anything having to do with losing weight while you sleep and didn’t have anything to do with drugs seemed like it was worth a try. Experts don’t all agree on the affects of belly wrapping and baby weight loss. Some argue that it is only temporary and is caused by water weight loss. Hello…temporary is better than nothingary in my book.
The belly band and belly wraps compress the mid-section and abdomen. They are known to help reduce the size of the swollen uterus, water retention in the belly and sagging skin. Belly binding is also thought to strengthen abdominal muscles that stretched and separated during childbirth.
For me the belly band was won-der-ful. I’m not saying that you could bounce a quarter off my abs a few weeks after baby, cause I couldn’t bounce a quarter off my abs before the baby came. But what it did do was offer great support that enabled me to feed and care for baby better. I also felt more comfortable in my clothes wearing the light weight belly band in the weeks following my delivery.
And yes, I did lose weight.