Getting back to your pre-pregnancy body and losing all the extra weight is the top priority for most women. For centuries, women have used the practice of tying the stomach after delivery to target loose skin and fat in the abdominal area. It is believed to reduce swelling, tighten the muscles and provide some support to the back.
Pregnancy sees the walls of the abdomen stretch to accommodate a growing uterus. Accumulation of fat cells due to diet changes also aggravates an expanding waistline. Immediately after delivery, these overstretched muscles do not contract leaving a flabby skin around the abdomen. Belly fat also adds to the woes. Wrapping a cloth tightly or using a c-section belt helps to strengthen these muscles and tighten them too.
A c-section belt is used to tie your belly as it helps to tighten the loose overstretched muscles. It offers support to your abdominal muscles and organs. Here are some uses of the C-section belt:
- Tummy fat reduction
- Posture enhancement
- Tummy muscle toning
- A fast method to achieve a flat tummy
- Internal organs support
- Back support and back pain reduction
- Instant tummy tucker or body shaper
- Better comfort for movement after delivery
It is always advisable to consult your doctor before using a c-section belt. Ideally, you should wait until the wounds heal which can be up to 6-8 weeks. Many doctors advice against the use of the c-section belt as it can lead to many risk factors like:
- Excess pressure on the uterus may lead to bleeding
- Rashes and itching around the region where the edges of the belt press into the skin
- Excessive use of the belts, almost throughout the day, in an effort to reduce fat may lead to pain and discomfort
- Using the belt before the internal wounds have healed may lead to complications.
- There is a possibility of developing a hernia due to constant pressure on the abdomen.
Though there is no scientific evidence for the use of a c-section belt, it has been encouraged across cultures. A c-section belt or a stomach wrap comes in various types and price ranges. Opt for softer fabrics and better fitting c-section belts.