Everyone talks about the support you are going to need following the birth of your child. The appreciation you will find for the people who bring you food, or offer to do the laundry or run errands for you. These people were great following the birth of my second child. But do you know what support i was really glad to have, girdle support.
With my second child, I had a scheduled cesarean due to medical issues and I was deeply concerned how i would be able to look after a newborn and a 22 month old having had major surgery. As a birth worker, i had numerous avenues to help me find an answer. The vast majority suggested a postpartum girdle. I have to admit this was not an area i had much knowledge of and spent hours researching and talking to colleagues.
In my research i came across Bellefit. Bellefit offers medical grade compression corsets and girdles to support women during the postpartum period. There are numerous types and they help with lymphatic drainage, cesarean recovery, Diastasic Recti, Pendulous Abdomen and lower back pain. This sounded ideal for me, having suffered with lower back pain following the birth of my first child. I looked at all the before and after pictures on their website and was convinced that i could never be like that. But even if it helped me move about more, it had to be worth a shot, right? So i took a chance and ordered one. I chose the Dual-closure Girdle, having a padded hook and eye fasten up the front and a zip up the side. I felt the double closure would give me more reassurance that i would have the support i desired. With 30 day returns, i thought there couldn't be any harm in trying.
The day i left the hospital i was struggling to stand. The cesarean was definitely not the easy way out in terms of giving birth and my body was in worse shape than following my vaginal birth nearly 2 years previously.
I will admit i tried the girdle initially 2 days after my cesarean and i had little hope in fastening it up. I was too tired to try and wiggle into it and my kids needed me too much to try. The next day i tried again and got it all the way up with the hook and eye closures up the front but felt like i was trying to out on a pair of jeans that were a size too small if i tried to close the side zipper. I decided to try once more on day 4. I am so glad i did. I was able to fasten completely and i cannot fully explain how secure and supported i felt. If you have every tried Spanx or other similar products and love how they make you feel smoother and tighter, then the Bellefit girdle is 100% better than that. There was no pulling or itching. I could bend and laugh and cough with little fear of pain in my incision. I decided to commit to wearing it as much as i could and was surprised after a week that it felt natural and i could fasten the hook and eye closures on the tighter row.
I am sure i could have managed without a girdle, but i feel looking back on the situation, thats all i would have been doing, managing. I was able to enjoy the newborn phase and time with my toddler. I even went to playgroup with both kids at 5 days postpartum. This doesn't make me super mom, it means i felt supported and comfortable to a) walk upright following a cesarean, something many of my clients have found difficult, but also b) supported to be able to carry my newborn baby around. Things will not be the same for everyone but i have to say i an eternally grateful for the Bellifit girdle i used.