Postpartum Belly Binding

What is Bengkung Belly Binding ?

Bengkung Belly Binding is a traditional Malaysian method of wrapping and tying a long strip of cloth around the abdomen from the hips to just below the bustline during the postpartum recovery period to help support the healing and recovery process after childbirth.

What makes a Bengkung bind different from other postpartum girdles?

A Bengkung method Belly Bind is not your typical belly bind found at a store. A Bengkung bind is a long wrap that covers from just under the bust line all the way down to below the hips. This not only conforms to your unique and individual body shape but it also supports the ribcage, waist and hips, unlike the belly bandit which supports only at the waist.

What are the benefits of Bengkung Belly Binding?

  • Helps close the hips and rib cage
  • Protects and assists swollen internal organs to return to their pre-pregnancy size
  • Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Stabilizes loosened ligaments
  • Relieves water retention
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps prevent and relieve back pain as it encourages good posture and helps prevent “nursing slouch”
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of releasing blood in a natural way
  • It’s a natural ancient and traditional way of healing after birth
When should I Bind?

Binding is typically recommended to start 14 days postpartum for a natural birth and 6-8 weeks postpartum for a surgical birth. Belly Binding is most effective when started in the time frame listed above, although it can be useful for support during any time of the postpartum period.

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More about Belly Binding by Valarie Lynn

Wrapping the belly is an effective and important part of a mama’s recovery in the postpartum stage of her journey. It aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter period of time, normally six to eight weeks. A Bengkung belly wrap provides a mama’s postpartum body with complete support to assist abdominal wall muscle retraction, improve posture, stabilize loosened ligaments, and provide support to the torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.
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 Bengkung style of binding is known to help heal diastasis recti with the constant supportive pressure on the abdomen area.
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.

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