During my pregnancy, nearly all of my experienced mom friends recommended that I select a postpartum belly wrap to use immediately after delivery.
My sister-in-law had loved her experience with the Belly Bandit, so I reached out to the company a few weeks before my due date to learn more about their product, and they were kind enough to send me their Bamboo Belly Bandit to try out.
I’ll admit, I was hesitant to use any postpartum wrap immediately after birth– mostly because shrinking my stomach or hips was the last thing on my mind when our new baby arrived! However, these wraps do more than just shrink your waistline. My doctors and nurses encouraged me to use massage and pressure to help my uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size, but the pressure from the Belly Bandit naturally did that for me! It was nice to have one less thing to worry about during that sleep-deprived period of time.
Because my baby arrived so unexpectedly early, the last photo I have of my pregnant belly is at 35 weeks– just two weeks before he made his debut! The photo on the right is of me wearing the Belly Bandit at four weeks postpartum. It’s amazing to see how my stomach shrunk so quickly, as I could barely get the wrap to close at all when I came home from the hospital. Just a few weeks later I was able to wrap it much tighter, and I loved the back support it provided, especially while nursing around the clock!
Now that our baby is three months old, I no longer use the Belly Bandit daily, but I still love using it when I’ve had an especially long day of bouncing and squatting (our baby’s favorite way to be calmed). It’s great for core support, and improves your posture at the same time!
A few notes about the Belly Bandit:
- I tried the Bamboo version of the Belly Bandit because I’ve heard it’s much more comfortable than the original version. I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I did find it very comfortable, despite the tight fit.
- If you’re between sizes, go with the smaller size. The folks at Belly Bandit were very helpful with helping me select the perfect size, so don’t hesitate to contact them! They convinced me to go with the smaller size, and they were exactly right. Even though it was pretty tight the first couple of days, I’m glad I didn’t have to buy a new size as my stomach shrunk.
Overall, I’m very happy with my Belly Bandit experience, and hope it helps any other new or future mamas out there!
Reader Feedback: Have you used or considered using a postpartum wrap? I’d love to hear about your experience, too!
*Disclaimer: The folks at Belly Bandit sent me a complimentary wrap, but as always, I am under no obligation to post a positive review.