What is Belly Binding?
Is a tradition of postpartum care that is seen across various cultures in the world within the sacred 40 day postpartum period. The bengkung belly bind is a Malaysian tradition with very similar form of binding found in China and Japan where it’s called the ‘sarash’. In Latin America traditional postpartum care bind the belly with a rebozo or a faja to support the uterus and hold in warmth.
What does the belly bind provide?
Belly Binding is an effective tool for the postpartum mamas recovery. It aids the postpartum body to shrink and recover in a shorter time period, normally six to eight weeks.
The bind provides the mamas postpartum body with 360◦ support to assist the abdominal wall muscle retraction, to improve posture, stabilize loosened ligament and provide support to the torso whilst assisting the vital organs to return to their pre pregnancy size and position, not to mention it feel so nurturing and supportive.
During pregnancy a substantial amount of pressure is placed on the body, musculosketal changes are stimulated by hormone secretions and the continuous expansion of the uterus. In pregnancy the mamas body retains water, fat and air which cause her body to swell and expand, when a baby is born the excess water, fat and air are no longer needed, the purpose of a post pregnancy wrap is to speed up this process with constant pressure on the abdomen and torso area.
The longer design of the bind provide holistic support to all of the abdominal and pelvic organs, including muscles in the pelvic area. Support to this area is important as in the immediate births as it helps the cervix shrink and allows the pelvic muscles to heal without being further stretched.
What is the bind made from?
The Belly bind is made from 100% cotton batik or muslin and it is about 13-17 yards in length and about 8- 9 inches wide. A warming piece (made from cotton flannel) is also used over the application of the tummy firming paste which is included (60ml jar).
Which bind should I get?
This is a very personal choice and there are lots of choices available online. I provide the cotton muslin and batik and I usually hem the edges or else these will fray especially if the bind is washed, however if you wish for these to be unhemmed then please let me know, as the turnaround time is much quicker for this. The batik cloth may be more preferable in the winter months then the lighter muslin.
The sacred belly bind kit includes a belly bind made from 100% unbleached cotton muslin (hemmed as standard) the warming piece as well as the tummy firming paste mixture in a glass jar (the oil is not included).
*****I sell binds made to order and tummy firming paste in my etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MaaeUK)*****
NB.I make the binds to order so please allow enough time for this to be handmade to your specifications, unless you require this to be unhemmed. Binds come in many sizes: XS (8 metres), S (12 metres) and L (14-16 metres in length). The size of bind depends on your preference and how high you want the bind the come up once it is knotted. Some women prefer the shorter bind to place emphasis only around the pelvis/abdomen area.
For best results:
Begin as soon as you can after giving birth ideally around day 5 and then continue to wear each day for at least 40 days or longer if you are not satisfied with you healing. Wear your wrap for 10-12 hours a day in the beginning if possible. It is recommended you have a break from wrapping for about 12 hours each day- so generally sleep without your wrap on.
Can I bind if I had a C section?
It is best to wait until 6 weeks postpartum and once your scar has healed, the belly bind will still serve to offer great benefits for the mama. However, if you wish to use this before the 6 weeks you must consult your GP or your midwife.
Do not apply tummy firming paste until after your scar has healed- please consult your GP or your midwife.
Ordering a Belly Bind:
The wrap is handmade with love and intention and I always cleanse the energy with smudge and bless with Reiki before it is sent to the mama so that it may assist her for her highest good in her postpartum recovery.
The sacred belly binding service is £170 and is provided within your own home, which includes the batik/ unbleached cotton muslin belly bind, warming piece, tummy firming paste herbs, hot stone abdominal massage including herbs, placing you over warmed stones and as well as the binding service, moxabustion may be offered but is optional. All additional binding sessions can be provided at a fee of £20 per wrap session + travel charges (calculated by mileage).
You may also combine your Belly Binding with other postpartum services, such as closing the hips or others.
If you wish to purchase the belly binding kit it is £75* (postage fee applies if you are not having the binding session -which is an additional £5-8 for standard post 48 hour tracked delivery). Please contact me at email@example.com with your material preference and size specifications, please note the muslin belly binds are very popular and I sell out very quickly, to commission a bind please get in touch. I require a minimum of 2 weeks notice due to priority of other orders. Short notice orders are provided based on the sizes I have available.
*The kit contains the belly bind of your choice, warming piece x1, tummy firming paste and instructions.
If you have your own bind and wish to add any of the mother warming services to this please get in touch. You can also purchase the following from me:
- Cotton flannel warming panel £10
- Tummy firming herbal paste mixture (oil not included) £15
- Hot stone abdominal massage treatment (up to 20 mins) £18
- Yoni Steam herbs (in a pack of 3) £15.
- Sacred postpartum mother warming box £40 (*coming soon*)
Postpartum mother warming boxes will be available via my etsy shop soon.
NB. travel expenses/mileage will be charged if outside of a 5 mile radius from TW12.