Pregnancy is a glorious experience for some women, for others not so much. One of the side effects of pregnancy is the pressure it places on a woman’s body as the baby grows inside of it. Babies can cause a woman’s stomach to stretch to double its normal size, but after pregnancy, a woman’s belly requires time to contract back to its original shape.
Aside from the appearance of stretch marks, many women worry about the amount of stretched skin that remains following the delivery of their children. Some women develop a post-pregnancy paunch, either based on genetics or simply having their abdominal muscles stretched out of shape for the duration of their pregnancy.
To address women’s need to regain their figures, many maternity corporations have developed maternity bands that help women’s abdominal muscles tighten faster. Belly bands create a light pressure on a woman’s abdomen that causes resistance similar to the muscle resistance derived through performing sit-ups.
Although these belly bands cannot substitute for a healthy diet and a physical exercise regimen, many celebrities endorse belly bands, because they help postpartum women reshape their stomach muscles faster aside from offering lower back support while women lift their newborns.
Currently, the most popular belly bands include: The Taut Belly Wrap, the Belly Bandit, and the Swelly Belly. Most belly bands either consist of stretchable spandex or a form of Velcro that makes the band construction similar to that of a stomach corset.
Both the Taut Belly Wrap and the Belly Bandit consist of a Velcro clasp that allows a woman to wear them underneath or over their clothes. These types of belly bands are recommended for women who have had natural child births as opposed to cesarean sections.
On the other hand, the Swelly Belly maternity band and nursing cover is specifically for both women who have experienced both natural births and c-sections. Unlike the Taut Belly Wrap and the Belly Bandit, the Swelly Belly consists of an expanding elastic band made in a variety of colorful patterns ranging from zebra print, paisley, and solid colors.
The least expensive belly band is the Swelly Belly priced at an average of $30, while the Taut and the Belly Bandit can cost up to $65 depending on the style. Kourtney Kardashian also has her own designer line of Belly Bandits styled with fancy lace overlays to help new moms still have a sense of beauty, in spite of wearing what some would refer to as a maternity “girdle.”
For women used to the traditional post maternity girdle, department stores still carry them. However, most maternity girdles lack the fashion and style of the popular belly bands, and they are less easily concealed under clothing.
While belly bands cannot replace sit-ups and crunches, combining the use of belly bands with an intensive yoga or Pilate’s regimen can reduce the amount of time it takes for women to achieve her post-partum weight-loss goal based on their effectiveness.
Denise Mann, ” Belly Wraps: Post-Pregnancy Hit or Hype?” WebMD.
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