Can using a postpartum waist trainer really help you get back your pre-baby body quicker?
There is a lot of pressure for new moms to get back into their pre-pregnancy jeans as soon as they give birth. You have probably seen the pictures of the celebrities who have a large baby belly one day and then two weeks later it appears they already have a flat stomach.
There have been quite a few celebrity moms who have come out and announced that they have used a postpartum girdle or waist trainer to help them get their flat stomachs back after giving birth.
These waist trainers for new moms aren’t just for celebrities though. Any woman can use these products to help them regain their shape after having a baby and get their middle section back to where it was before pregnancy. Some new moms even find their stomach looks better after using a waist trainer than it did before they got pregnant.
There are some definite advantages for using a waist trainer after giving birth. You may even find that in some other countries outside the United States it is simply common practice to use a stomach binder for a few weeks after giving birth.
Postpartum Waist Training Provides Support to Your Weak Abdominal Muscles
Pregnancy can make your abdominal muscles a lot weaker and also stretch them apart. Using a waist trainer you can help provide more support and stability to your core muscles after giving birth.
If you have already given birth in the past you probably know how your muscles feel like Jello for quite some time after giving birth. You just don’t have the core strength you used to have before pregnancy because your muscles have been stretched to the max and pulled apart from where they are supposed to be.
By wearing the postpartum binder or trainer you are able to pull your muscles back in to where they should be and help your organs return back to where they should in your body as well.
This means your body can and your muscles can heal faster and return to normal much faster. In return this makes your stomach look flatter instead of still having your muscles pulled apart and weak.
There have also been studies done to show that wearing a postpartum binder can help heal diastasis recti, which is the separation of your front abdominal muscles. This can actually cause you to look pregnant when you aren’t because your muscles haven’t grown together and therefore you will have fat or even your organs that push through the separation, making you appear heavier in the stomach than you are.
Postpartum Corsets Instantly Make You Look Slimmer
Although a nice benefit of wearing a postpartum trainer or corset is that you can instantly look slimmer the main reason why I think this is so important is because it helps you mentally feel better about your body after giving birth.
After delivering a baby your belly is going to be bigger and flabbier, but when you put on the trainer it instantly pulls things in which means you can have more self-confidence about the way you look in clothing rather than getting depressed about your body.
This also means that you may just fit into your pre-pregnancy pants much faster because the trainer makes your waist slimmer in your clothing. Even if you haven’t lost all the baby weight yet, just by putting on the waist trainer you can look like you did.
What Type of Postpartum Waist Trainer Is Best?
Although you can use just about any type of waist trainer that is comfortable for you, there are specific postpartum ones that are highly recommended.
The major difference between a regular waist trainer and a postpartum one is that usually you will find that the ones for after birth or referred to as wraps. This is because they are easier to wrap around your stomach and allow for more variance when it comes to size since your stomach will be shrinking quite rapidly after giving birth.
If you use a normal waist trainer you may find that you have to buy a smaller size only a few weeks later because of how much your stomach originally shrinks down. With a postpartum belly wrap you can use the same wrap as your belly shrinks down so you don’t have to spend more money.
You may also find that if you have had a C-section the front closure on a normal waist trainer may not work and will bother your incision too much. There are postpartum girdles that offer the same waist support that offer a side closure to keep it off your incision and away from bothering your stomach.
One of the best postpartum abdominal binders that you can choose from is the Wink Postpartum Compression Girdle.
It offers 3 layers of hook and eye closures so you can size down quite a bit with the same binder and it has a side closure so it won’t bother your stomach. It’s available in wide variety of sizes from xsmall to 5XL.
The garment won’t roll down on your and doesn’t put too much pressure on your ribs. You can still properly breastfeed while wearing it as well.
How Long Do You Need to Wear a Postpartum Binder to See Results?
Once you have your quality postpartum binder you can start using it as soon as you give birth. In fact in most hospitals they will give you a binder if you have had a C-section to help aid in your recovery.
It is recommended that you start using the waist binder as soon as possible as it helps to give you the best results.
Most women will find that even without wearing a waist trainer, their stomach will start going down in size the day after they give birth. After a week or two after birth most women notice a dramatic difference in their stomach but most women will still have that “baby pooch.”
When you wear a binder right after giving birth you may notice that your stomach starts getting flatter a lot quicker. After a week or two after birth you may find that you only have a small baby belly left. Some women may not even really notice any left over baby belly after 4 weeks of regular use of the postpartum binder.
You should try to wear your postpartum trainer for at least 40-60 days after giving birth to get the full results from the garment. If you notice that your stomach is completely back to pre-pregnancy size sooner than this time period you can always switch out the postpartum binder and use a traditional waist trainer if you still want to pull in your waist even more.
The thing to remember is that every woman’s body is different and some women simply heal faster than other women.
Be sure that if your corset or binder gives you pain at any time, that you stop using it and consult with your doctor first.