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Shapewear as a substitute for Belly Bands?
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#1 rabbit hyde

Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

After looking at recommendations online and speaking to my mum, I'm planning on giving the belly band or girdle a go after I give birth.  

However looking online at post partum belly bands, I'm wondering if I can just use my shapewear/spanx to achieve the same result.  It just seems to be a matter of being close fitting and reinforced material that holds everything in.

If anyone has had any experience with either using belly bands or shapewear after birth I would be interested.  Any information in either the recovery/health benefits and aesthetic would be appreciated.

#2 lozzylots

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:51 PM

I used both after my pregnancy, first a belly band for 2-3 weeks (vespa & the ladybird brand) followed by a couple of weeks of my pre-pregnancy shapewear which I still wear some days. I found the belly band brilliant at the beginning as my weight loss and tightening of abdominals was really rapid at first so it was good that the band was so adjustable. They are quite obvious under clothes however which is why I switched to very firm shapewear, and I've found they hold things in just as well. If you think you want to just use shapewear, be prepared to invest in a few sizes - for me I really think I would've needed 3 or 4 different sizes, so it wouldn't have been good value.
Some people can be a bit cynical about post partum belly wrapping but I'm 100% a believer!! No doubt whatsoever that I got back into shape much faster by wrapping.


ETA- pregnancy and the hospital bed wrecked my lower back so it was also useful for back support

Edited by lozzylots, 27 December 2012 - 01:59 PM.


#3 KylieMH

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

i used a belly band after birth, and found it def did the job. my ob and even the nurses at the hospital when they checked on my recovery daily were surprised at how the belly band helped contract the uterus back so quickly

#4 Camizebra

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

I didn't use a belly band per se, but the SRC shorts and have just got back into my Spanx (was a maid of honour, god help me in that dress!).

I can highly recommend using any type of post partum wrapping/compression, but not sure I would have substituted my spanx for something designed specifically for PP recovery, if that makes sense.  Either way, my tummy went back so quickly from using a compression garment and I just felt stronger and more supported doing my everyday tasks when I got home from hospital (I had a vag birth).

Edited for clarity...

Edited by Camizebra, 31 December 2012 - 01:17 PM.


#5 tiggy2

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

I tried one this time but didn't like it. I had a csection and the bottom of it made my incision area sore, even though it didn't go that low. Ended up with an infection, not sure if that was linked though. I've contemplated the src shorts but at 5 weeks now it's prob not worth it.



#6 Mum_of_five

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

The hospital gave me a 'tummy band'made out of bandage material to wear,because my tummy muscles have separated and i am 3 weeks pp...Started wearing the band on day 2 and wear it during the day, but not at night.. Have to wearthe band for 6-8 weeks and going back in week 6 to see the physio...
The band is actually working original.gif My DD 4 years walked into the hospital on day 1 and asked if i had another baby in my tummy, now she tells me that my tummy looks little... The band has definantly worked for me...

#7 Futureself

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

The Physio at my hospital said that shapewear will do exactly the same job as the expensive SRC shorts and dedicated post partum products as long as you have the ones that go right up to your boobs.

#8 JS87

Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:30 PM

i used the the back support bands you can buy from the chemists for the fist 6 weeks as it was adjustable.  i wore it within a few hours after giving birth.  hours before leaving the hospital the doctor came to check up on my tummy and was please how quick my stomach muscles returned almost in place.  i think shapewear would be too tight at first (dont forget your hips have also expanded and your private bits have swollen up) + they can get pricey, like another person wrote previously, you may need to buy several sizes.  

i waited until after 8 weeks to start wearing shapewear and its more firmer and stronger.  try wearing it 24/7, you will notice a difference in the long run.  i also wore compression tights (full length - ankle to waist) which was useful too.

#9 mandala

Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

The physio at my hospital also recommended shapewear over the SRC shorts, as long as they came up over the ribs as per PP. She also recommended avoiding the belly bands/wraps as too much pressure too soon without supporting your pelvic floor can apparently squeeze things down and out sad.gif




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