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While most women will develop a diastasis (a split in the tummy muscles) due to their pregnancy, some women may be enduring their pregnancy with a bad or severe split. Usually this will have been diagnosed by a Physiotherapist. If you need to support a diastasis recti during your pregnancy, we highly recommend the following product since it is customisable and specifically designed to help with this condition.
A posterior positioned baby can cause a longer and more painful labour. It is often recommended to get down on all fours, or position yourself over pillows, so that your belly is facing downwards, encouraging the baby to swing it's back down around to your front (rather than your spine). The Holo Lilo enables a pregnant mother to safely lie on her tummy and encourage this positioning of baby.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be very painful and is caused by the increase fluid caused by pregnancy, causing swelling in the wrists and hands and placing pressure on your nerves. These products help support the wrist, boost circulation and reduce swelling, which in turn helps relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you have varicose veins in your legs, the following products will help increase blood circulation by providing medical grade graduated compression. This compression helps relieve the pain and heaviness associated with varicose veins. If you veins have been quite severe, we recommend the Solidea Bodylipo for postpartum, since it will take a few weeks post birth for your veins to settle.
If you are suffering from vulvar varicosities (varicose veins in the vulvar/groin area), or if you have a prolapse, these products will provide compression and support to the groin area to help relieve the feeling of heaviness or 'everything falling out'. The Hip V2 and Baby belly groin support belt also provide compression and support to the hips.
If your pain is located primarily in the hip or pelvic region, or is the result of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, we would recommend the following products. These can be comfortably worn down low around this hips, stabilising the pelvic region and relieving pain. These can be worn day and/or night as needed.
Post pregnancy belly wraps
Common Belly Wrap Questions…
If you are on the borderline or lower end of sizes, select the smaller size. You may need to wait a week or two to start wearing the wrap, however, it will have the same results. Alternatively, you can purchase one of each size if you want to wear your wrap immediately following delivery. If you are unsure, please contact us with your current measurement, pre-pregnancy dress size, and stage of pregnancy, so that we can recommend the best size for you.
Because having a c-section is a form of surgery, we always advise that you first check with your doctor or midwife before wearing a belly wrap. While there should be no issues with you wearing a postnatal wrap (in fact there are many benefits to wearing one post caesarean), if you have had any complications etc, you may just need to wait a little longer before you begin wrapping your tummy. If you are given the all clear, then we simply recommend you start wearing it as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.
Once you are in your eighth month of pregnancy you will be about the same size as you will be post delivery. Therefore, this is the best time to measure. Simply measure around your tummy (over your belly button), and choose the corresponding wrap size. If you are purchasing a belly wrap just prior to delivery, measure yourself as above, and then subtract 8 – 12 cm’s from this measurement for the correct size. If you are still unsure, and want to save the potential hassle and cost of exchanging an incorrect size, please Contact us with your current measurement, stage of pregnancy, and pre-pregnancy dress size, and we can recommend the best size for you.
Please visit our Caesarean Belly Wraps page to see which post pregnancy belly wrap brands we recommend for a c-section birth, and why.
Diastasis recti is caused when the connective tissue (linea alba) holding the right and left halves of your abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis) stretches or tears. This stretching causes a gap between the muscle halves and can vary quite dramatically in size, and is the cause of the ‘mummy tummy bulge’. The idea of a belly wrap is to draw/compress the two halves of your muscle back to the spine which helps to reduce the size of a diastasis. However, it will not heal the connective tissue and completely close a diastasis.
For maximum results, it is ideal to wear your belly wrap as much as possible in the first 8 weeks post birth. However, there will be no significant negative results if you choose to take it off every now and again to have a breather, or if you decide not to wear it overnight. In saying this, the results will be quicker and more dramatic the more you wear your wrap. At the end of the day – you need to be comfortable! so if the wrap is bothering you, take it off for a little rest every so often.
Most of the belly wrap companies will suggest you purchase 2 wraps so that you can continue wearing one while one is in the wash. The only reason we would suggest you purchase 2 wraps is if you happen to be on the borderline of sizes. The results of wearing a belly wrap will not be adversely affected if you choose not to wear one while you wash it or sleep.
A belly wrap is designed to compress your torn tummy muscles, therefore the idea is that your belly wrap covers this area. Ideally, it should cover your belly button, approximately 2 inches below, and approximately 2 inches above. To achieve this, we recommend you position your belly wrap just about level with your hips or just above your pubic bone. This reduces bulging belly below the wrap and reduces cutting in under your breasts if the wrap is being worn too high. Ultimately everyone’s body shape is different so you may want to move it up or down a little according to what is comfortable for you, however, just ensure the middle and lower section of your tummy is well covered.
Absolutely! Because the Shrinkx Hips is worn low around your hips/pelvic area and a wrap is worn higher (just above your hips), there is no reason you cannot wear both products at the same time. That way the Shrinkx Hips will help get your hips back to their pre-pregnancy shape while the belly wrap helps compress your tummy back to its pre-pregnancy size.
Absolutely not. In fact, hopefully it will make new mothers more aware of their bodies and encourage them to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet, and exercise on a regular basis.
It is recommended that all Belly Wraps sold on our website are hand washed and laid flat to dry.
While wearing a belly wrap at any stage after having a baby will provide your core muscles with excellent support, the slimming effect will be greatly reduced if not worn within the first 6 weeks post birth. This is because the muscle wound is still fresh and more easily compressed just after delivery. It is still a terrific idea to wear a binder or wrap when you are exercising, and especially when carrying your baby in a front pack or sling, as this will provide excellent back support and help you gradually build a stronger core.
Yes. Wearing an abdominal compression wrap after a c-section may actually decrease the post-operative recovery time by minimizing associated incision pain, which allows greater mobility post-surgery. Of course, consult with your physician before you do so.
The effectiveness of a belly wrap depends on it being worn soon after delivery (ideally no later than 4-6 weeks post birth), and by being worn consistently throughout the day (and night if you are comfortable) for 4-6 weeks. However, many mums will wear it much longer or keep it in the wardrobe for special occasions due to the slimming effect and support it offers. You can wear a wrap all day long, and even while you sleep. It’s most important that you feel comfortable while wearing it, but there are no restrictions as to how long throughout the day it can be worn. It’s not meant to be worn in water and therefore should be removed for baths and showers.
A wrap can be worn within 24 hours of delivery, however, if you are unsure, please check with your physio or obstetrician first. You may also find that you want to wait a couple of days before wearing it, as you will be quite sore post birth. Please Note: A Belly Wrap is NOT to be worn during pregnancy.
A Belly wrap compresses the portion of the body it’s wrapped around, forcing the lower back to straighten and taking tension off this area. By constricting the abdomen, the wrap provides better support and more confidence for the new mum recovering from her obstetrical experience. This compression of the tummy muscles will also help to reduce your diastasis (split muscles), allowing you to wear your pre-pregnancy clothes sooner.
Please visit our Belly Wrap Review page to find a detailed summary of the various belly wraps we stock as well as ratings for each, according to comfort, support, visibility, and longevity.
Shipping & delivery information
We have a $8.95 regular or $12.95 express flat rate shipping cost for all orders within Australia.
Your order will be sent according to your selected shipping method (regular or express) via Australia Post and will be dispatched today if received before 2pm EST. Estimated delivery time (after dispatch) is 1-2 business days in Express delivery zones and 3-7 business days for regular post. All Express parcels include a tracking number and will require someone to be home to receive the order.
Your order will be posted with a 'Do not safe drop' sticker attached. This means that if no-one is home to receive your order, the driver will leave a calling card and deliver your parcel to your local post office. We recommend you respond to this calling card promptly to ensure the parcel is not eventually returned to us. If no calling card has been left, please contact us so that we can track your parcel for you. If you are confident to have your parcel left somewhere at your home, please place your delivery instructions in the 'comments' section of your order. Please keep the instructions brief and ensure that the location you choose to have your parcel left is out-of-sight and weather. Please note: We will write your instructions on the parcel, however, this is at your own risk and we cannot guarantee that the delivery driver will follow them, and we cannot be held liable for lost orders.
Please make sure you provide us with the correct delivery address. We are not liable for any items sent to an incorrect address that has been provided by you.
If an order is returned to us as undeliverable (eg. due to incorrect details or no response to a calling card), we will contact you to check all details and preferred postage method and then re-send your oder for an additional fee of the actual postage cost.
Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to ship orders outside Australia.