No matter what you call it, a postpartum bodice, belly wrap or belly band, this wearable device will give your belly the support it needs after giving birth. Along with the support, it compresses your midsection and increases blood flow so your body can have an accelerated healing speed. Below are the best options for postpartum belts (including Beyonce’s favorite choice!).
Since your body is so amazing and has muscle memory, wearing a postpartum belt can also help you get back to your body before giving birth. Remember, there is no rush because you have created a beautiful little person. It’s okay if your body shows the signs! A postpartum belt has three important purposes; to heal muscles, reduce swelling, and increase blood flow. Follow our complete guide to the best postpartum belt!
Why is a belly wrap useful after giving birth?
After the birth, either vaginally or by caesarean section, the abdominal muscles need to recover from carrying the baby and heal. Your abdomen, midsection, and back will benefit greatly from additional support. A postpartum belt is the best way to get this support. It works to hold anything, which also helps relieve swelling and pain by compressing the area and increasing blood flow. Your body has residual fluids after pregnancy that needs to be flushed out and dispersed, and wearing a postpartum belt can help this process go faster. You’ll also likely want to find a bed pad that you love. I promise you that with the combination of a postpartum bodice and relief pads you will master this part of the journey with ease.
When you wear a postpartum abdominal brace you will feel more confident and supported. This is especially nice in the first few days after the birth, when your body is still changing a lot. Something that is easy to carry and comfortable can help reduce the painful symptoms after childbirth that some women have.
Diastasis recti is one of those symptoms. It is a very common condition in which, after pregnancy, “the two large parallel muscle bands that meet in the middle of the abdomen separate”, resulting in a bulge. A postpartum belt can be very helpful in solving this problem. Of course, speak to your doctor or midwife before using this as your solution. It is especially important to speak to your doctor if you think diastasis recti is causing pain.
What to look for in a postpartum abdominal wrap:
- Comfort: You want something that is convenient. Many women wear their belly wraps for 10 to 12 hours every day after giving birth, and if you wear something for that long it should be comfortable.
- compression: It should provide compression and support to hold everything in place, but not be so restrictive that you have difficulty breathing or moving.
- Easy to put on: After giving birth, you want something that is easy to put on and take off. You will also want something that fits under your clothes and is out of the way.
- Supportive: Whichever belly wrap you choose, it should support you in all the right places. Look for lower back, abdominal, and abdominal support.
7 of the best postpartum belt options
We’ve sorted our list of the best postpartum girdles based on complexity. Some options are simple, belly wraps with a closure, others have more closures, custom fit options, and are larger for more support.
All of the postpartum belly wraps on this list offer a wrapped support that is perfect for supporting the abdominal region as well as the back. Each belly wrap is adaptable to your needs and adapts to your body as it changes after giving birth.
Belly Bandit – Beyonce favorite (and our first choice too!)
If it’s good enough for Beyonce, it’s good enough for us. Jokes aside, our #RookieMomSquad twin mom Tabitha says she would recommend this product for stomach and back support. She suggests measuring and determining the correct size before ordering. In addition to the belly wrap, she loved the Thighs Disguise product for that little extra boost of support. Read more about Tabitha’s first trimester experience here!
Many consider this to be the original belly wrap, the belly bandit. The simple design of the stretchable and flexible belly wrap with single closure makes it easy to put on and adjust during the day. The Power Compress Core provides targeted compression in the right places to relieve pain and increase comfort. Another notable feature of these postpartum belly wraps is that they can be used during pregnancy as well as for back support and a little extra compression during pregnancy. Get yours here!
UpSpring baby bump wrap
The first and easiest option for post-natal wraps is UpSpring Baby. This belly wrap is in one piece with Velcro on one side that connects to the other. This simple wrap style is easy to put on and take off as a piece can be unhooked and adjusted as needed. It can be pulled taut as desired and is adjustable.
This is a great basic postpartum tummy wrap as it is easy to adjust and put on and take off. It’s a great option for those who aren’t sure how much their bodies will change in the first few weeks to months and who want something simple, affordable, and easy to use. Here you can find the current prices!
Ingrid & Isabel pregnancy anus band support belt
Target has always been one of my favorite stores, but recently their women’s brands have really taken it to the extreme. Ingrid & Isabel’s postpartum belt is a great example of this. You will feel like you are wearing a high-end garment with its super smooth no-show material. It stays right in place and has support where you need it.
It’s designed to keep you in place but still offers enough flexibility to activate your own core muscles, which is perfect for healing. You can buy yours here!
ChongErfei abdominal wrap after childbirth
The ChongErfei Postpartum Belly Wrap offers more support than a standard belly wrap with additional ribs to support the back. This prevents the wrap from rolling up or sliding down and gives you a little more structure and support. The front has three adjustable tabs on a main body that make it easier to adjust the fit around your rib cage, center and around your hips. This belly wrap after the birth is made of 100% breathable cotton. It has three main panels, the two sides and the back for full support. Check the current prices here.
Leonisa women’s postpartum panties with a high waist and adjustable belly wrap
For a slightly different look than your typical postpartum bodice, you can try these postpartum panties with an adjustable belly wrap. It is made from the PowerSlim fabric, which is perfect for molding. You secure it around your back with Velcro so you can choose the print that feels best for you. Another great thing about this option is that it really stays in place as it has panties and the top has hooks to attach to your bra. Nobody wants to deal with the fact that the winding rolls down and has to readjust.
With this wrap, your body will be brought back into shape. Check prices here!
Trendyline women’s recovery belly band
Many women need some extra support after having a c-section and the Trendyline Women Recovery Belly Band is a great option. With two support straps, this wrap supports your middle and has an additional adjustment for the back support. The integrated mesh ensures adequate ventilation and makes it more comfortable throughout the day.
This postpartum belly wrap is also slightly wider to cover more of your midsection and provide more support from your hips all the way down to your waist. The front has two Velcro straps that allow it to be adjusted higher and lower to suit your belly. Check it out here!
3 in 1 postpartum support
Lastly, and for the most support, consider the 3 in 1 Postpartum Support Belly Wrap from Gepoetry. This belly wrap is made up of three belts that work together to provide the most support. It goes from under your chest to your hips. The waist belt compresses your abdomen, the waist belt compresses your stomach and helps your uterus shrink, and the lap belt aids in proper pelvic positioning.
All 3 belts are included in one set and can be worn together or separately for maximum support. This allows you to customize the system to suit your needs and target the areas that need the most support. Here is the current price.
If you have any questions about pregnancy belly bandages, leave a message in the comments. Plus, you are always welcome to visit our Rookie Moms Facebook group for additional support! There are many mums with whom one can exchange ideas and with whom one can exchange ideas.
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