Frequently Asked Questions
Can I wear this while I'm pregnant?
NOOOOO… This is a post pregnant item only.
What is this Miracle-Working Belly Band goodness all about?
The Belly Bandit is an abdominal compression wrap designed to assist you in bringing your body back to its former beauty and proportion after child birth. Postpartum wraps have been known to help reduce the swelling of the uterus, decrease bloating caused by water retention, support your legs & back and provide additional comfort and support for you breast feeding moms. Ultimately the Belly Bandit will aid in getting you back to your pre-pregnancy bod faster than ever!
Why haven't I heard of the Belly Bandit before?
That’s what we said when we found out about postpartum wrapping of the belly! Who knew? Smart women around the world that’s who! It is believed that increased and constant pressure against the abdominal area has benefits such as, flattening the belly and redefining the waistline while helping you keep your back straight minimizing associated pain and fatigue. We’ve just perfected a comfy garment that is tailored to your body after giving birth.
Who will know I'm wearing a Belly Bandit?
Only those who you want to know! Relax ladies, first of all this is NOT a girdle. This is simply a breathable and comfy exclusively tailored belly wrap to assist your body in regaining its former beauty and proportion after child birth. The Belly Bandit provides strong support to relieve discomfort and give you the extra confidence you deserve post partum. Our smooth lightweight construction is designed for you to wear comfortably under all of your clothes and our tagless design won’t irritate your skin. We may be biased, but we actually think it’s kinda cute.
How does this prevent stretch marks post delivery?
Although everybody knows what can cause them ie: stomach growth and the stretching of skin, we really have never thought about the post period and what may be another factor. The excess skin that is pulled and stretched after birth may continue to cause unslightly markings by “hanging around”. The more weight you gain, the more you have to lose. Greater support of this loose skin may actually decrease tension which in turn may decrease stretch marks in the post period. While you do the tough part (ie: working out, eating right etc.) we’ll hold you in and help decrease the risk of getting stretch marks post delivery.
Difference in the Style, Material, etc?
The Belly Bandit Original comes in 3 different colors: white, nude, and black. It is known as the original because it is the first one we developed. It consists of 75% polyester 25% lycra.
The Belly Bandit Couture feels similar to bathing suit material. It comes in several different hip, fun, funky print . The core of the Belly Bandit® couture is the original, the liner is 92% polyester and 8% spandex, and the outer shell is 100% polyester.
The Belly Bandit Bamboo is our softest Belly Bandit It comes in black or natural and is eco-friendly and naturally anti-microbial. It is also moisture wicking which makes it the perfect choice for c sections The core is the original, and the outer shell is 95% bamboo and 5% spandex.
Is the Belly Bandit good for moms who had c-sections? Which Belly Bandit is the best?
Above and beyond…the Bamboo!!!!! This is plain and simply for its amazing anti-microbial and anti-bacterial qualities. It is also moisture wicking by nature so that helps during this time when the hormones are just transitioning back to normal. Fun fun fun! As always please check with your physician as to when you can start wearing your Belly Bandit – they will be able to advise you on this based on your individual delivery. Don’t forget to make sure the Belly Bandit goes over your incision so it doesn’t irritate but keeps it all nice and safely compressed.
I am having twins, do I measure differently?
Everybody's body is different, and there are many factors that will determine your size post pregnancy, such as if you are going to breatfeed or not, levels of physical activity, whether you are having a vaginal birth or a c-section (if a c-section then you may need a larger size right away due to possible swelling) etc. All of our testing and our doctors tell us that in a woman's eighth month, which we gage as 31-35 weeks is the best time to measure to get the proper size for after delivery. If you wait to measure until your ninth month, (36-40 weeks) you would want to subtract 3-5 inches based on how much you think you've grown in the last couple of weeks to get the most appropriate size.
Had your baby awhile ago, maybe 3 months, a year, maybe more?
Although we recommend wearing your Belly Bandit right after you deliver for 6-8 weeks, there is no reason why you shouldn't wear it whenever you can or want to. Some additional benefits of the product are extra back support and improved posture. We all know that when you feel better, you tend to be more active. This may lead the way to more movement and in turn may help with exercise (and you can wear while working out). Don't forget that when you are using your core muscles you engage the important focal point and its here the work out truly begins. Ask any trainer, it's all about using your core muscles to build strength and tone. This is like wearing a rubber band around your wrist to "AKA" remind you to be more aware of your core and engage! Now the good part... you look slimmer in clothing and feel better wearing those shirts that you stuffed away in the closet because you didn't like those "extra rolls" or you promised to put it back on are you lost the "spare tire" around your waist. So even if you didn't just have your little bundly of joy last week or even last month... we know every little bit helps. We've been there. Many women in other cultures bind up until a year post birth, so this is a great question and we can't answer it for you. Results will vary and the best time to do it is right after delivery. We suggest that if you have any doubts about wearing the Belly Bandit because you are "too late" that you try our "Mother Tucker" the ultimate tummy sucker. This is a compression tank top that is highly recommended to mommies after they use the Belly Bandit. Although it is not as tight as wearing the Belly Bandit it still gives you intense tummy compression.
Not pregnant but interested in the Belly Bandit?
Although the Belly Bandit was designed for postpartum women, there is no reason why you shouldn't wear it whenever you can or want to, especially if it makes you feel good (and it does)! Some additional benefits of the product are extra back support and improved posture. We all know that when you feel better you tend to be more active. This may lead the way to more movement and in turn may help with exercise (and you can wear while working out). Don't forget that when you are using your core muscles you engage the important focal point and its here where the work truly begins.
I didn't recently give birth, but I do want to lose some weight. Is the Belly Bandit right for me?
Okay, girls, we not going to sugar-coat it here. The Belly Bandit was not designed as a weight loss product for those who have not recently given birth and would like to lose extra body weight. If that was the case, all of us here at Belly Bandit would be a size two while eating pizza and ice cream all day! Now that being said, there is no reason why you shouldn’t wear it whenever you can or want to, especially if it makes you feel good. After all, some additional benefits of the product are extra back support and improved posture. And we all know that the better you feel the more active you are. This may lead the way to more movement and in turn may help with exercise (don’t be afraid to wear your Belly Bandit while working out). Don’t forget that when you are using your core muscles you engage the important focal point which is where the work out truly begins. Ask any trainer, it’s all about using your core muscles to build strength and tighten the body. Just like wearing a rubber band around your wrist as a “reminder,” your Belly Bandit will remind you to be aware of your core and engage! Now for the best part….you’ll look slimmer in clothing and feel better wearing those shirts that you stuffed away in the closet because you didn’t like those “extra rolls.” Or the ones you promised to put it back on after you lost the “spare tire”. So even if you don’t have kids, every little bit helps.
When should I start wearing my Belly Bandit?
The first 24-48 hours after delivery. You can start using it as soon as the day after you give birth (even after a c section)! Wearing the Belly Bandit after a c section may help to decrease post-op recovery time by minimizing associated incision pain, which allows greater mobility post-surgery! We recommend prior to use that you consult your physician.
How exactly do I wear the Belly Bandit?
Starting at your belly button go all the way around to find the correct measurement. To get the best and tightest fit apply this way: We suggest you lay the Belly Bandit flat and lay on top of it and wrap from there! Much like you would get into a tight pair of jeans (you all know what we mean ladies).
Is there a correct place to place the Velcro closure?
We prefer a side closure, because we find it's the most inconspicuous and you get the best grip for a tight closure. The initial post partum belly shape is very different than the pregnant belly shape you know so well. The closure off to the side helps flatten and smooth out this belly look. But if you prefer then go for the center closure, whatever you feel works for you!
How long do I wear the Belly Bandit? Is 4 weeks enough? 8 weeks? Is 12 weeks too long? Anything worth doing, is worth doing well, right? That being said…. We recommend doing it the full amount of time which is 6-8 weeks, For maximum results wear your Belly Bandit snuggly around your waist day and night, (if discomfort occurs remove and consult with your doctor). Just take it off to shower…then wrap yourself right back up again! The Belly Bandit should fit snug with constant pressure on the belly, but without any impact on breathing, circulation or discomfort in your ribs. As always diet and exercise play an integral part when trying to reach your pre-pregnancy size.
I see creases and waves in my Belly Bandit/ Is this normal? Is it still working?
Yes, creases are normal. Much like a band-aid, the Belly Bandit forms to the bend of your body to wear more comfortably. Without any creasing, it would be hard to do daily activities with ease. Creases do not affect the tensile strength of the Belly Bandit or stand in the way of any results. Please continue to wear as usual. The appearance of the Original Belly Bandit will change due to normal wear, much like a band aid, expect to see waviness on the edges and in the center of the band, as it forms to the body. Remember, this will not hinder the effectiveness.
How do I wash my Belly Bandit?
Your Belly Bandit should be hand washed. Please make sure to wash it in cold water and air or line dry. Do not wring in order to remove excess water as it may damage the strength of the piece. Washing in hot water or drying with an electric or gas dryer may also damage the product and cause shrinkage. Drying process can take up to 12 hours. Due to the continuous periods of time you are advised to wear the Belly Bandit it is recommended to purchase two. Having two will enable you to always have a freshly clean one available while the other is being washed.
Is the Belly Bandit good for Diastasis?
By wearing Belly Bandit along with specific abdominal exercises can help close the separation of abdominals after pregnancy. The band will draw the separated abdominals together and help to retrain them back to their original functional position. The earlier you start to wear the Belly Bandit after giving birth the higher success rate you will achieve.
What are some other uses for a Belly Bandit?
There are a lot! Back pain; back surgery; all stomach surgeries including gastric bypass, liposuction, tummy tucks, bowel resection, hysterectomies, and much more. Belly Bandits are adjustable and wear well under clothing, no complicated zippers or contraptions.