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, musculoskeletal 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- 10 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 cotton 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 which is perfect for warmer summer months.
The sacred belly bind kit includes a belly bind made from either 100% unbleached cotton muslin (hemmed as standard), or cotton batik and is dependent on stock levels. The belly bind kits also have a warming panel as well as the tummy firming paste mixture is included (except the oil).
*****I also sell binds in my etsy shop, (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MaaeUK)*****
NB. Batik binds available are dependent on stock. Binds come in many sizes and the size available is dependent on my stock. : XS (8 metres), S (12 metres) and L (14-16 metres in length). The size of bind depends on your pre pregnancy size 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 so a small would be sufficient.
It is recommended that the cotton batik binds are washed before use due to the natural dyes used when creating the batik.
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 or other interventions?
It is best to wait until 6 weeks postpartum and once your scar has healed post c section, the belly bind will still serve to offer great benefits for you, you must not apply the tummy firming paste until after your scar has fully healed, please consult with your midwife. However, if you wish to use this before the 6 weeks you must consult your GP or your midwife. For all other interventions during birth such as tears, blood loss, infection, please be guided by your body and ensure that you consult with your midwife.
- Order the Belly binding kit as detailed below, I offer a zoom tutorial also (additonal £20)
- 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) and call out fee if outside of home area (please contact me for price).
- You may also combine your Belly Binding with other postpartum services, such as closing the hips or others.
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 as standalone services:
- Cotton flannel warming panel £10
- Tummy firming herbal paste mixture (oil not included) £15
- Hot stone abdominal massage & Moxa £45
- 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.
Ordering a Belly Bind:
The wrap is handmade with love and intention, I use a range of energy based techniques to ensure that this will assist your postpartum journey for the highest good.
If you wish to purchase the belly binding kit it is £75* (postage and packaging fee applies if you are not having the binding session – postage is an additional £8 for standard post 48 hour tracked delivery). Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your material preference and pre pregancy size, 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 and other committments. Short notice orders are provided based on the stock I have available.
**Refunds are not possible once the order is posted**.
NB. travel expenses/mileage will be charged if outside of a 5 mile radius from TW12.