Is postpartum corset something you plan to include in your recovery process? Are you wondering if it’s safe to use after giving birth? How long should you wear it to be effective? Find all the answers in this article.
After you give birth, feeling like “yourself” again can be difficult. Some mums are excited to eat whatever they want, while other mums are happy to finally be walking without waddling.
While each mum’s postpartum recovery journey is different, most mums typically have one common goal—regain their pre-pregnancy body. And many have found great support in their recovery in a humble yet reliable product called a postpartum corset.
What is Postpartum Corset and its Benefits?
Postpartum corset or also known as postpartum girdle is designed to be worn after a vaginal delivery or a C-section. It mainly compresses your belly and reduces postpartum swelling. This garment supports the abdominal muscles, which usually separates because of the stretching uterus during pregnancy.
It also aids in binding the muscles, uterus, and other organs to help them return to pre-pregnancy size and positions. If you have loose and floppy skin, a postpartum corset can also do the trick in shrinking it.
Besides offering support in postpartum recovery, a postpartum corset helps to reduce back pain, improve posture, and more.
It’s particularly helpful to those who suffer from diastasis recti. This condition occurs when the muscles on your left and right torso are separated along the middle. In most cases, it’s what we like to call the “pregnancy pooch.” While it typically resolves within two months, a postpartum corset speeds up the recovery.
According to a study in 2019, a postpartum girdle or corset has particularly been found effective in minimizing the pain for those who endured a cesarean delivery. This is because it takes the pressure of the incision on your stomach. Even better, a study in 2017 also noted that it helped lessen the bleeding and discomfort among women who had C-sections.
Is It Safe To Use?
Generally, postpartum corsets are safe to use immediately after childbirth. That is if you did not experience any complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
But we at Mama’s Choice recommends that you consult your doctor or midwife before you start wearing one.
If you’ve been given the go signal by your doctor to wear one, Medical News Today also recommends that you avoid very tight wraps that put pressure in the abdomen. According to the report, such heavy compression can damage the pelvic floor, which can “lead to organ prolapse and urinary or faecal incontinence.”
How long can you wear them, you ask? Most experts suggest that you wear it up to 12 hours each day or as long as it’s comfortable. Remember, postpartum corsets are not designed to change your silhouette or shape. As such, wearing it too tightly or for too long, could only cause further discomfort rather than aid in your recovery.
What To Look For In a Postpartum Girdle
If you’re on the lookout for a postpartum corset in Singapore, there are a few things to consider: comfort, ease of use, construction and price. When choosing a postpartum corset, be wary of the materials used. As much as possible, go for soft, stretchy and breathable fabrics.
A corset or girdle that’s easy to use and adjust is also great because then you’d be able to choose the compression that’s comfortable for you. One such product is Mama’s Choice Postpartum Adjustable Corset which comes with an exclusive velcro closure so you can wear and remove it with ease.
No matter what colour or design you go for, remember that it’s not necessary to splurge. Quality doesn’t always have to be expensive. Besides, a corset is just one of the many things you’ll soon need for you and your little one. 🙂
Have a safe postpartum recovery journey, mums!
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