I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Guam! So now this island girl, living in Utah is a mother to two beautiful boys and has been married since 2002. I have aBachelors degree in Business Admin and have worked in the HR field for a couple years, then my ADD self took a sharp right turn after I became pregnant with my second child. I decided to open my own business so I now own Honey Bump Maternity in Layton, UT. www.honeybumpmaternity.com 801-444-0900

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Postpartum belly and hip wraps- do they work?

In regards to all the hype about wrapping your body in certain areas after you deliver a baby in order to magically bounce back into your sexy jeans …is any of it true? Is it possible to go back to your pre-pregnancy size or….smaller?

Maybe, maybe not but it’s worth a try right? I have met many women at my maternity store who look like they aren’t big enough to grow a baby in them and I have met those who are struggling with losing weight after delivery. Do the postpartum wraps work to help shrink you down? Well here’s what I think:

I used a postpartum wrap around my abdomen immediately after delivering my second child. It was wonderful because it pushed my stomach muscles together which made it easier to get up and walk around right after I popped a human out! I was able to use the restroom, walk easier, and also sneeze without feeling like my guts would explode. I feel that the amount of time it took to fit into my “normal” clothes was the same as with the first pregnancy. Maybe that means it does work since they say it takes longer to lose the weight the more kids you have and the older that you are. Well my kids are 6 yrs apart and I’m not telling you how old I am.

Regardless if it made me shrink faster or not, I would have bought it for the fact that it made my core much more stable and I was a lot more comfortable (or should I say a lot less uncomfortable) than my first delivery. When it comes to my baby weight loss, I think I owe the majority of that to breastfeeding. In fact, I’m sure that’s why I haven’t weaned my 16 month old.

Now when it comes to the hip shrinking wraps, I’m a believer. It makes so much sense, just google it and  see if you agree. So your body releases a chemical called Relaxin during pregnancy. This chemical causes your joints to soften thus enabling the pelvic area to expand for the arrival of your precious baby. Relaxin stays in your system for about 8 weeks after delivery and once gone, your joints will harden back up :O yikes! Keeping those hips compressed for 8 weeks (not extremely to where you are uncomfortable) will help get those hips shrunk. Like I said, it’s worth a try!

Now if only there were a magic pill for stretch marks and saggy boobs…

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  1. Sisifo 09/07/2011 at 7:36 am

    I used them after my first just because I hated seeing my stretched out stomach. But wearing them helped me out a ton, so I’ve used them for baby two and three as well. I’m 24 and my baby is 5 months, and while I’m still working on losing the baby weight (not easy with three kids – whine) I love the compression garments and how I don’t still look ginormous. If you find that magic pill for saggy boobs, let us know…

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