Is a 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 mamas are excited to eat whatever they want, while others are happy to be walking without waddling.
While each mama’s postpartum recovery journey is different, most mamas typically have one common goal—to 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?
A postpartum corset, also known as a postpartum girdle, is designed to be worn after a vaginal delivery or a C-section. It mainly compresses your belly and reduces postpartum swelling. In addition, this garment supports the abdominal muscles, which usually separate 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 position. 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 beneficial 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 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 been found effective in minimizing 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 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 your doctor has given you the signal to wear one, Medical News Today also recommends avoiding very tight wraps that put pressure on the abdomen. According to the report, 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 for 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 your recovery.
What To Look For In a Postpartum Girdle
If you’re looking for a postpartum corset in the Philippines, 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 comfortable compression. One such product is Mama’s Choice Postpartum Adjustable Corset, which has an exclusive velcro closure so you can wear and remove it quickly.
No matter what colour or design you go for, remember that splurge is not necessary. 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, mamas!
Mama's Choice Team
The Mama's Choice PH team is composed of three Mamas who are dedicated to spoiling their little ones with lots of cuddles, playtime and the occasional sweets, of course. <3