I use the Traditional Malaysian belly binding method called Bengkung Essentially it is a practice of tying a long strip of cloth around the abdomen during the postpartum recovery period to ensure a strong support to the womb after childbirth. A Bengkung Belly Bind covers from under the chest all the way down to below the hips. This way, it doesn’t just work on the waist, but also helps the ribcage and the hips go back to their former dimensions. It also stays put when you move, and so it doesn’t press on the abdomen.
Benefits of Belly Binding:
It helps to slim the ribcage, belly and hips.
Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together.
Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way.
Prevents back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, a good antidote to the “nursing-slouch”.
It’s an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.
It feels good!
During pregnancy a mama’s body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand, including the organs in the womb area such as the cervix and vagina. The water retained by cells supported the amniotic fluid and the purpose of the air was to cushion the baby, mama’s internal organs, and bones as her center of gravity shifted and her baby grew bigger and bigger. This is why a mama gets more and more swollen during the last months of pregnancy. When a baby is born, the excess water, fat, and flatulence are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. However, the purpose of a post-pregnancy wrap is to speed up this process with constant pressure on the abdomen and torso area.
A long post-pregnancy wrap provides a holistic support to all the abdominal and pelvic organs, including the muscles in the pelvic area. Support to the pelvic area is very important in the immediate weeks after birth as a mama’s cervix dilates 10 cm when active labor is reached, this is the equivalent to the size of an average bagel. Therefore the pressure of a longer wrap on the hip area helps the cervix shrink and allows the pelvic muscles to heal without being further stretched. Steady, pressured support on the hips allows the body to “close” more easily than if just left in its expanded state.
The Belly bind is most effective and best used during the first 8 weeks postpartum but can be useful for support during anytime of the postpartum period.
Belly Massage is very beneficial for women after birth because the body is now going through significant changes. During the first few weeks of postpartum, healing has to occur in the site within your uterus where the placenta was attached. This is an internal scar that slowly heals as your uterus gets smaller. As a result, you may be experiencing mild to severe cramping, or your pelvic floor may be very sore from an episiotomy or tearing. Afterpains are experienced by moms who have just given birth. They feel like labor contractions and may last for a few hours to a few days. Afterpains are more intense and last longer if you had other births and they get worse with each child. Afterpains are also felt during nursing. As the baby stimulates the breast, oxytocin is released causing uterine contractions. This can be unpleasant, but it is also a sign that your uterus is returning to its pre- pregnancy size. Consider that this process will take a few months. Belly Massage can help speed up the healing process of the uterus and your postpartum body-mind-spirit.
This service includes the cotton belly wrap and 3 sessions of belly massage & binding.