Pregnancy is a wild, miraculous, and truly beautiful journey. But, during those nine months, the body undergoes significant physical change and an average, textbook, weight gain of 25-35 lbs. Pre-pregnancy, the uterus is typically the size of an orange, and by the third trimester will expand to the size of a watermelon. That’s a HUGE change in just 40 weeks!
With that being said, once that precious baby is born, the postpartum journey begins and brings about a slew of all new physical changes-loose skin, distended midsection, diastasis recti, the pain that comes with healing, etc. But, with proper postnatal support, you can heal faster, heal more comfortably, and get back to your pre-baby body sooner rather than later.
I just delivered our third child via repeat c-section on May 4th, 2017. My previous two pregnancies left me with split abdominal muscles, aka diastisis recti. In between my second and third pregnancies, I worked diligently through diet and targeted exercise to reduce my muscle separation. On this third pregnancy, I was determined to heed further damage, and with a little pre-baby research, found Bellefit Maternity, a line of medical grade, postpartum compression girdles. I received the Bellefit Dual-Corset Girdle and the Bellefit Corset prior to delivery, as it is recommended that you begin wearing the girdle(s) upon discharge from the hospital, typically 3-5 days after delivery.
During the first 48 hours of my recovery, the anesthesia wore down, and my incision was painful; more so than with my previous c-section delivery. I was told scar tissue was the culprit for the amplified pain. The pain coupled with my now three times extended midsection made moving even the slightest bit uncomfortable. However, once I put on the the Bellefit Dual-Corset Girdle six days postpartum, I could feel an immediate difference. I felt whole again, and the pain in my incision was minimized. I was able to care for my newborn AND my two other children upon return from the hospital.
The corset itself is comfortable and easy to put on. The micro porous fabric allows my skin to breathe and makes wearing it under clothing very comfortable and discreet. In addition, the two set of eye hook closures allowed me to adjust the fit of the girdle from Postpartum Day 6 to now Postpartum Day 18. I am just a little over two weeks postpartum, and not only am I able to maneuver through daily activities with ease, but I can also fit comfortably into my pre-pregnancy jeans-something I was unable to do until about 3-6 months postpartum with my first two pregnancies. The recovery process has been greatly improved by Bellefit Maternity and has restored some much needed confidence for this mama!
Pre-pregnancy Weight: 106lbs
Total Weight Gained: 24lbs
Girdle Size Used: Small
So far, I have been wearing the Bellefit Dual-Corset Girdle because it offers the most flexible support with its adjustable front closure and side zipper. I have been wearing the girdle for about 10-12 hours per day and during most nights. My goal is to continue to heal over the next few weeks, and once medically cleared, begin exercising again with the girdle. I look forward to the results that the combination will bring, and can’t wait to share them with you!
If you’re a soon-to-be mama, I would highly recommend you treat yourself to a Bellefit girdle! Click here to get your Bellefit girdle today!
Amanda Cifuentes Walchli