BELLY BINDING & MASSAGE
I use Traditional Malaysian belly binding method called Bengkung. This type of binding involves tying a long strip of cloth around the rib cage, abdomen & hips during the postpartum recovery period to ensure a strong support for mother after childbirth. 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, and even longer.
Why use belly binding?
Belly binding will support women in their healing journey after giving birth. During pregnancy a mother's body retains water, fat, and air which cause her body to swell and expand, including the organs in the pelvic area such as the cervix and vagina. The water retained by cells support the amniotic fluid and the purpose of the air is to cushion the baby, the mother's internal organs, and bones as her centre of gravity shifts and her baby grows.
When a baby is born, the excess water, fat, and air are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. 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 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.