Postpartum girdles: advantages and disadvantages

After delivery and around six weeks, changes will progressively occur in the woman's body while the internal organs reorganize. In those moments the doubt arises about the use of postpartum girdles.

There is a belief that they will help with the bloating caused by pregnancy. So, to wear a girdle after delivery or not? If you just gave birth, you are surely asking yourself this question. The first thing you should know is that does not have a single scientific answer and that will depend on the recommendation made by the obstetrician-gynecologist, according to your medical history.

Postpartum girdles in case of vaginal delivery

When the delivery has been vaginal, the recovery of the woman is faster compared to the cesarean section. Many doctors and midwives advise against wearing postpartum girdles in this case because they do not consider it necessary.

Betting on the spontaneous return of the abdominal muscles to their place is the best. Doing so will bring benefits for future pregnancies because the muscles regain tone naturally. Only when the abdomen has grown a lot during pregnancy, be it due to being overweight or due to a multiple pregnancy, doctors evaluate whether it is necessary to use a postpartum girdle.

If deemed appropriate, a tubular type is proposed. This conformation prevents the concentration of heat in the crotch area and excessive sweating.

The cases of vaginal deliveries and caesarean sections are different, so the indication of the girdle changes.

In case of caesarean section

After a cesarean section, a woman may feel unsafe to walk or make certain movements during the wound healing process. Considering this reality, it is usual that some doctors also recommend opting for the postpartum girdle, since it helps to find the necessary support to function.

It is stated that with the use of postpartum girdles, recovery is faster and women return to their routine earlier. This is valid for those who must work, for example, for not having maternity leave.

According to studies, the use of postpartum girdles has gained ground among mothers. About 66% of women say they will use it, against 34% who do not know its benefits or consider it unnecessary.

However, although its use has not been shown to prevent sagging of the abdominal wall or benefit uterine involution, its psychological value and its contribution to healing are highlighted. Helps close muscles and reduce inflammation.

In both cases, the summary of the professionals' tirade for and against the use of postpartum girdles seems to focus on whether the muscles should do the work themselves or if they need a boost. The first position responds to a therapeutic criterion, while the second adds the aesthetic and the emotional aspect.

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Advantages of using postpartum girdles

Among the main advantages of using postpartum girdles are the following:

  • Provides support when walking: It allows the mother to feel more comfortable and secure because it corrects the posture generating stability.
  • Decreases the pain: It lessens the intensity of the characteristic postpartum pain by firming the lower back and waist.
  • Exert pressure sabout the abdominal area: By exerting pressure on the abdominal area, the rearrangement process of the internal organs is accelerated. Care must be taken that the girdle does not tighten too much so that it does not generate further inflammation.
  • Contains the distention of the abdomen: This is expected to help them regain their pre-maternity figure faster.
  • Improves mood: the abdomen looks less bulky and being more stylized has a positive influence on the mother's mood.
  • Helps in the healing process: In the case of cesarean delivery and if the girdle allows perspiration, it helps to keep the wound closed for optimal healing and protects the suture in the event of a bump or stumble.

Disadvantages of using the postpartum girdle

The disadvantages of the postpartum girdle are based on the following points:

  • It interferes with the natural process of muscle elasticity: it does not allow the muscles to gather without appealing for extra support because it inhibits the mother from the exercise of walking.
  • Weakens the pelvic floor: Organ rearrangement can be affected by applying pressure to them with the girdle when they are weakened by pregnancy. And the procedure leads to pelvic floor problems in the long term (incontinence, hemorrhoids or prolapse).
  • Prevents proper healing: when used immediately after cesarean section and for very long periods that do not allow the wound to perspire.
  • Increase inflammation: the swelling may worsen if the pressure of the girdle on the abdomen is excessive.

Between advantages and disadvantages, the final recommendation will always depend on the treating professional.

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Consult with a professional before using postpartum girdles

If the disposition is to use a postpartum girdle, make sure to consult with the doctor before and have their endorsement. Each case is different and the one who took control of the pregnancy will be the one to help make that decision.

It also requests information on how long the girdle can be worn daily and from when. Those data that seem insignificant will make the difference in relation to the benefit it offers.

One could, yes, add to this process of adaptation to motherhood, an exercise routine that complements recovery. The results will surely allow you to regain your pre-pregnancy figure in less time and, above all, to be healthy in body and mind.