BELLY BINDING

What is Belly Binding?

Belly binding is a postpartum tradition in many eastern cultures.  The practice involves using special knots to tie a long strip of cloth around the abdomen during the recovery period to support a woman’s uterus and other organs after childbirth. We use the Bengkung style of belly binding at the Orchid Nest and our binds are handmade in Indonesia.

 

Investment:  $75 (includes belly bind + initial wrapping in our office)

What are the benefits?

“Postpartum Bengkung belly binding services offered by the Orchid Nest is a must! A day after my daughter was born, my doula came to the house to wrap me. The wrap felt great on my healing body. It provided back and abdominal support that I needed after carrying my growing baby for almost ten months. It’s easy to do at home and made a huge difference in recovery from my first birth! “

-Julie Rivera

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I wear the bind?

While it is traditionally worn every day for 40 days during the confinement period of women in the East, we see great results from women wearing it 6-8 hours each day for 2-3 weeks.

What is different about this belly bind vs the postpartum girdles on the market?

Each time you are “bound” it is custom for your body, not one size fits most. Your bind will start at the pubic bone and end on the top of your rib cage, just below your breast. Postpartum girdles that only bind the abdomen also push down on the pelvic floor muscles and organs, potentially causing or worsening pelvic, uterine, or bladder prolapse. Our belly bind gives your changing body a custom fit.

Can I still bind if I have a cesarean?

Yes!  You will need to wait 4-6 weeks to begin, allowing time for your incision to heal.

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