Traditional Malaysian belly binding is a wrapping technique used to help promote the recovery and restoration of a woman’s body after the birth of her baby.
what are the benefits of belly binding?
During pregnancy the abdominal muscles separate (diastasis recti). Binding helps bring the muscles back together while restoring organs to their pre-pregnancy positions. The wrap begins low enough to provide support of the stretched pelvis so the mother feels secure. The snug wrap applies pressure to the uterus, helping to expel blood clots and shrink the placental site which can decrease bleeding time. It also helps with posture so new mothers avoid slouching while feeding their babies. And of course, being bound helps the mother feel more comfortable and supported while her body is still loose after pregnancy.
how is belly binding done?
A Bengkung is a long piece of muslin (between 10-16 yards) and is used for the binding. The bind begins at the pubic bone and the Bengkung is wrapped around the mother’s back. Each wrap is secured with a special knot before the next wrap is made. The binding continues to just underneath the breasts.
can I buy a postpartum wrap instead?
You could. However postpartum wraps and girdles generally do not begin at the hips and wrap completely up to the breasts, so the effects are not as great. Wraps and girdles don’t move with your body the way a Bengkung bind does, making it more difficult to go about your day and feed your baby.
can women who had a cesarean choose belly binding?
Absolutely! Women who have had a cesarean should wait until their incision has healed and their doctor says it is safe to bind, usually around six weeks after delivery.
how soon after birth should I do belly binding?
For a vaginal delivery, Belly Binding can begin as early as 24 hours after birth. Binding is ideal within the first 72 hours after birth, however a woman can still benefit even if she had her baby a year ago.
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