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aries24 Fri 10-Aug-12 07:21:06

I'm 25weeks. Something I found out and must share for those who don't know. Having quite an attractive body, the thought of pregnancy has always scared me to the point of non excitment (although I adore children) because generally most women lose their flat tummys afterwards! And no amount of gyming and losing weight gets it exactly the way it was(I've seen this in many as work at a nursery school). So all my time I've just accepted this fact until I saw a friend of mine two months after the birth of her DD with an incredibly sexy flat tummy! She told me about belly wrapping! You wrap your tummy for 40 days night and day, very very tightly. It pushes the womb right back into place which doesn't happen naturally! And restores stretch marks by 50%!!!! Apparently its a very ancient practice in many cultures around the world!! Hope this helps for some of you's!! I can't wait to try it

DanniiH Fri 15-Feb-13 09:57:54

God some people are so bloody mean!

I have a 3 yr old and still have a wobbly tummy which I hate and I'm now pregnant again so may give this a try afterwards. I think the op was saying she wants to still look good for her husband not that he is demanding that she stays looking the same! It's about feeling attractive and confident and I for one would feel more sexy with a nice flat tummy! It doesn't mean that I wouldn't be looking after my kids, spending time at the gym would take up more time than popping a wrap on yourself after your shower.

Thanks for the tip. x

LoveLaughingLots Thu 14-Feb-13 09:32:51

Compressions pants and wraps are all designed to do the same thing. I'm all for them if you want to wear them and if you don't then you don't. Just like everything else in life surely?

ariel Thank you for sharing


Purplecatti Thu 14-Feb-13 03:05:43

BB: I bought this one:

It wouldnt do anything for stretched skin. I got separated ab muscles and it gave my back support whilst I waited until I could exercise.

laward Thu 14-Feb-13 01:45:51

We all have to do what makes us happy.
My Mum made sleep on my tummy to get it as flat as possible as soon as DS was born.
I'd happily wrap my middle...for me, no one else. My husband still loves & fancies me and I may suggest he wraps his middle too!
Ignore the negativity on here & please yourself. I've already bought compression pants to wear ASAP after my c section grin

Pics Wed 13-Feb-13 21:46:49

It's really interesting that it is practised in different cultures. It's not for me but feeling happy about ourselves takes all different forms, and some people will be really interested in this and it could be a really positive thing for them.

PickledInAPearTree Wed 13-Feb-13 12:14:34

Oh god this thread is hideous!

MadameJosephine Wed 13-Feb-13 12:08:18

I can't see how this would work tbh. The uterus will generally return to its normal size and position during the 6 weeks following birth without any intervention. The best thing you can do to avoid a flabby belly is to avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy but there's no guarantees. Tbh I was just grateful my body could successfully carry and deliver a child, the stretch marks left behind are worth it

amirah85 Wed 13-Feb-13 11:55:06

i can't see what's wrong in wanting to get bak in shape after a baby.regarding belly wrapping i did it after both mine(even tho not for as long as i should have)am my belly is still fairly flat(or was,39+3 at the mo :-)

elsabel Wed 13-Feb-13 11:42:36

Ohhh ladies i am such a huge fan of mumsnet and it has helped me through so really tough times, but when i see bitchiness like some of these comments it disappoints me massively. To be honest i can see it from both sides and think some valid points have been brought up. However i hate to think that aries or anyone else may be put off mumsnet by this as its not what its all about!!!!

A debate is healthy but no need for the flaming!

SourSweets Wed 13-Feb-13 08:28:37

Oh my god, what is wrong with you people? Being worried about how your body will look after giving birth is a perfectly natural concern to have. It can cause serious anxieties in some women. I for one, will be taking any advice I can get on how to get back into shape after the birth, and this doesn't mean that my husband doesn't value my personality or that I won't be putting any time or effort into my baby.

Beamae Wed 13-Feb-13 07:22:28

I put on a stone while breastfeeding my twins... Just saying, in case anyone is planning on relying on the cake and boob diet. My sister also put on weight breastfeeding so it must be down to genetics.

leannac Wed 13-Feb-13 07:05:47

Ignore all the bitchy comments on here. I can totally understand why you want a lovely body back. Who wouldn't want to look fab again? Sadly I've never been into exercising enough etc to have a flat tummy & certainly don't have time now with a toddler (unless a fab body could arrive with a swish of a magic wand!) but of course I would love to look great. Seriously who would choose to be flabby?? Its less of a priority for most mums to look good (I spent the first few months of dd1's life with often vomit crusted clothes on!) but you really shouldn't be attacked if its still a priority for you.

Plus it was kind of you to try share your tip. Don't let the Bitchy people scare you off mumsnet - think crazy hormones!

Emsyboo Wed 13-Feb-13 06:45:44

Thanks for the information on belly wraps don't get annoyed by people's responses once you have your baby you'll probably be less bothered about your shape as you have a beautiful baby to focus on.
I put on over 4 stone with DS I used to be very fit and when he was born accepted the fact my body would not be the same.
However I enjoy exercise and eat healthily and by the time my DS was 5 months old all the water retention had gone I was breastfeeding, pushing DS everywhere in the pram or carrying him and also started swimming and working out when I could. I didn't just get back to my ore pregnancy weight but the weight I was when I got married.
There are lots of options to get back in shape and being fitter will help running after a toddler smile
At the same time I didn't do it for my looks as went out and bought bigger sizes in clothes as didn't care I did it because I enjoyed it.
Whatever your reasons if you feel happier then this could be a good option so thank you but being a mummy is so rewarding many people really don't care about a bit of a muffin top smile

bbface Wed 13-Feb-13 06:11:05

purple, when did you start wearing and how long for in a day?
Do you have a brand name pls?
There must be some truth to it. my NHS physio after my first birth gave me a tube band and advised it should help with bringing together the muscles if supplemented with additional exercise. I hated the tube, but hoping that if i invest in anything a tad swankier it will be more comfy. thanks

Purplecatti Tue 12-Feb-13 22:03:09

Well just to add fuel to the fire in I tried wrapping using a £20 orthopaedic corset off amazon after giving birth and...... it worked. My midwife couldn't believe what I looked like 3 weeks after baby.
I was mainly using it for my back.
I may have just been lucky.

bbface Tue 12-Feb-13 20:52:09

because creamtea, that is the beauty of a chat forum.

Creamtea1 Tue 12-Feb-13 18:56:45

Why revive this thread after 6 months of inactivity? It was contentious to start off with and now you've spent 10 mins posting a lengthy post which will just revive it. Pointless.

bbface Tue 12-Feb-13 18:04:23

Good grief!! I was just looking for some info on post natel belly bands as my stomach muscles were severely separated after my first, and I came across this ridiculous thread. The poor OP posts an upbeat friendly post about some advise she has been given, and the response!!!!

I am always baffled by women who seem so complacent in their marriages / relationships. There is NOTHING wrong with continuing to make an effort for your partner. I repeat, there is NOTHING wrong with wanting tonlook toned, have highlights, wear make up etc.

One particular poster made me chuckle. She sayes that the Op's husband married her body, whereas her husband married a person. Well, I a, pretty sure that in the early days you made an effort for your Dh and he damn well appreciated it!

I do all the above above in terms of looking after myself. Why? For myself and for my DH? FGS I love him, I fancy him rotten, we have been together for 7 years and I want to be with him forever. About to have our second child together and, as far as I know, he still fancies me rotten. I still make a big effort..., at 38 weeks pregnant I am off for a Brazilian tonight (got to admit, I am trembling at the thought!)

No one dreams to criticise people if they decide to kick back and let nature run its course with regard to looks. But god forbid any women wants to actually make an effort for her partner!!

ahopskipandafurryone Mon 13-Aug-12 13:25:18

Well Mumsnet is generally a very supportive place, but at the same time if people thinking you're talking bollocks they will tell you, personally that's why I like it smile.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look after your body and get into good shape post pregnancy but the tone of the OP was just a bit grating, when I first read it I thought it was one of those unsubtle advertising posts. Add in the suggestion that those of us post DC1 are now hopeless causes and the rights of our husbands to wives with flat stomachs, and the implication that if we aren't interested in this we don't care about our appearance and you can see why it kicked off a bit.

MissPollysTrolleyed Mon 13-Aug-12 11:54:34

Sounds interesting and thanks for sharing Aries but I know that I would never have the dedication for this in early motherhood. Instead, I'm going to go with the "eat cake and breastfeed" diet recommended by someone above for six months and then hit the gym very hard.

I was on the beach yesterday and it was full of skinny bikini-clad mums so that gave me lots of hope.

PandaWatch Mon 13-Aug-12 11:35:24

<goes back to original point>

My GM was talking about this yesterday - she said when she had her first baby at 18 (71 years ago) not only did she get belly bound but all the mums were also instructed to lie on their stomachs for an hour a day to help with the stomach flattening! confused

elvislives2012 Sun 12-Aug-12 19:51:58

I clicked on this to see what on earth belly binding is. Wow! I'm on mums net to get support and see what other people are experiencing. If people don't agree with a topic then they are welcome to ignore it. I love the high horses people seem to be on about this! Maybe you all need to chill out, have a cuppa and get some perspective! It's like the bullying you get in the school playground.
Personally I won't be belly binding as I have a feeling I'll be too overwhelmed with everything else. However am in the school of thought if it feels good, do it! So long as no risk to mum or baby of course!

hzgreen Sun 12-Aug-12 13:44:01

blimey, is it me or has this got massively out of hand?

people can offer criticsm or express opinions without getting nasty.

i have come across body binding in a couple of posts, i don't know much about it but i am a bit interested so will look into it more and hopefully make an informed decision. i have plenty to worry about and have the ability to have several considerations on the go at any one time.

my DH couldn't care less if i have a flat stomach but i want to feel nice AND feel that i am attractive to him just the same as he likes to feel attractive to me. so if it's not too much hassle (yes i am quite lazy but also prepared to accept the consequences of that) and safe i might give it a go, if it works great, if not well then i tried.

the health and wellbeing of my baby is paramount but this is a completely separate issue, i don't see that thinking about your post pregnancy body is such a bad thing - i'm also looking forward to having a crisp, cold half pint, getting a decent haircut and digging out some of my old clothes that i haven't seen for a while, because after i've had this baby i'll still be a person in my own right as well as a mother.

pinkspottycups Sun 12-Aug-12 12:10:22

aries Although I felt that your orginal post might have been somewhat misunderstood by some posters, but judging by your most recent posts I take it all back.

MB34 Actually Aries herself has been horribly judgemental and nothing short of vicious to Bluemoon, she is more than capable and has displayed quite nasty behaviour herself.

Looking back on your posts throughout this thread you come across as nothing short of shallow and lacking in any form of empathy and sensitivity. I sincerely hope that motherhood helps you grow up a bit and see a bit farther than your own nose. In all seriousness I think whether or not your tummy pings back into shape is the least of your worries.

milli2512 Sun 12-Aug-12 11:17:01

I saw this thread yesterday when it had not long been posted. Shocked at some of the bitchy comments. Ok this suggestion is not going to be everyones cup of tea, but do you really need to be so nasty about it. Of course a healthy baby is the focus of all of us but I'm sure a large percentage of women post birth think about how their body has changed and how to get back into those favourite pre-pregnancy jeans. Does that make us shallow?? No, I think it makes us normal.

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