Take It From Me: History of Postpartum Belly Wrapping (Guest Post)

March 24, 2014

History of Postpartum Belly Wrapping (Guest Post)

Many popular remedies that are considered to be new are actually nothing new at all. An example of this is postpartum belly wraps, something that many women use today to help trim their belly after giving birth to a child. Although the wrap itself may have changed due to the advancement of technology, the idea of using it is certainly nothing new. Here's a brief history of postpartum belly wrapping, which can help you to see that it is an option which is helped women for millennia.

A History of Traditional Belly Wrapping

Women have practiced the art of belly wrapping following pregnancy, for thousands of years. One of the earliest recorded uses of postpartum belly wrapping was by Japanese mothers. This was done in order to tone the muscles and the skin after giving birth to a child and it was also reported to speed up weight loss. In Japan, the belly wrap was known as a Sarashi, and it provided the basic compression that is needed to see those benefits. Similar items were used in other areas of the world, such as in Singapore, Mexico, Thailand, England and Latin America (Source).

During its earlier uses, a piece of fabric was used in order to provide the benefit of weight loss and belly compression after pregnancy. The fabric was wrapped around the belly multiple times and it was effective, because it could be tightened as the abdominal area shrank. Unfortunately, it also proved to be rather uncomfortable because it was bulky and hot, although this has been addressed in some of the newer wraps that are.

A History of Modern Belly Wrapping

As women today have taken more important roles, life as a working or stay-at-home mom became more complicated. The art of traditional belly wrapping became increasingly impractical, cumbersome, and time-consuming for active mothers. To adapt to the new lifestyle and modern development, entrepreneur mothers and doctors set out to bring the art and science of belly wrapping into a convenient modern practice.

What are some of the benefits that are available with modern-day postpartum belly wrapping? One of the primary benefits is the reduction in size of the abdominal area. This is due, in part, to the compression that is provided by the wrap which allows the uterus to contract and go back to its original size. It also helps to strengthen the area and to provide additional support for your back and abdomen, allowing you to move about freely. This also helps to promote additional movement and you may be able to get back to your day-to-day life more quickly as a result of using a belly wrap (Source: http://www.thebandspecialist.com/why-cinch-atlas/product-description/cinch-product-description).

Many women today, find that postpartum belly wrapping benefit them in a number of ways including improving their posture and circulation, fastening the healing process, increase their stamina, shrink your waistline and tone their belly. Postpartum belly wraps not only physically helps mothers body, but also improve their emotions. Women who use these wraps feel that it improve their self-esteem and make them feel happier and healthier.

Vivian Dubois is a mother of twin girls and has experimented with various tips and tricks to get her body back into shape after pregnancy. Aside from being an author, she loves spending time with her family, reading, traveling and exploring around town.

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