Pregnancy Hack #1: Belly Wrappingby Elizabeth MacDonald
Belly wrapping is not new, but yet somehow most of our culture has not jumped on board yet. Belly binding is a great hack for the postpartum mom, but what about during pregnancy? Yep! Wrapping the pregnant belly is AMAZING.
In Japan, women wrap their bellies beginning around 7 months up until birth, as they believe it promotes a speedier birth as well as alleviating pains. Many other cultures also practice binding the belly throughout pregnancy.
Belly wrapping while pregnant helps to relieve the stress and weight of the growing uterus on the pelvis. It encourages proper body posture and a balanced uterus, which promotes a great environment for the baby to find the easiest and most comfortable birthing position. It is great for all pregnant women, but especially those:
- With a shorter torso
- Who have weakened abdominal muscles due to previous pregnancies
- Who have had a c-section
- Who are (or have been) pregnant with multiples
- Who suffer from pelvic pains and problems (SPD)
- Who have a baby in a problematic position, such as breech or transverse
There is an optimum angle in which the belly should be positioned to prevent postpartum problems, such as a separation of the abdominal muscles. If you notice that your belly is beginning to angle away from your body, you should start wrapping immediately!
How to Wrap Your Belly
Using a woven fabric or a ring sling, wrap the hips and abdomen tightly. You don't want to tighten it so much that your breathing changes, but you want to feel relief. There are many ways in which you can wrap yourself, so play around with it until you find your favorite!