I was on a mission to find something that would support my belly enough to close the separation. That is when I was introduced to the BengKung Belly Binding. This is the Indonesian style of belly binding. A long piece of Batki fabric is used to wrap the abdomen from just below the hips to just below the breasts. The fabric is typically 13-14 yards long and 8-10 inches wide. In Japanese and Taiwanese culture women have used a Sarashi as a bind. In American culture women will often receive a stretchy elastic band to use in the mediate days following postpartum. Many women will then use a girdle-type garment of stretching supportive material.
Regardless of the style of binding used they all have common goal. That is to provide support to the abdominal area after delivery. For nearly 10 months a woman’s body is changing to accommodate the baby growing inside. Strain is being put on the joints,the organs are being shifted, and the abdominal muscles are being stretched and begin to separate. These are all necessary changes needed for the baby to grow however what happens when the baby is now outside the body? The muscles of the abdomen are weak, the organs start to shift back, and there is a large amount of muscular discomfort.
Benefits of Binding
- Provides constant, steady pressure to the pelvic area
- Abdominal support helps to close the abdominal wall and heal Diastatis Recti. (Separation of the Rectus Abdominal Muscle)
- Relieves back pain by supporting the abdominal muscles during the postpartum healing process
- Supports correct posture and spinal realignment
- Provides back support during breastfeeding.
- Constant pressure encourages the organs in the torso and pelvis to shrink back and return to their pre-pregnancy size.
A wrap is traditionally worn for 40 days during the postpartum period. The sooner you start to wrap the more support you will receive. If you have experienced a C-Section you may want to consider waiting until your incision is healed.