BENGKUNG BELLY BINDING
What is Bengkung Belly Binding?
Bengkung Belly Binding is an ancient Malaysian practice that involves using a long, thin piece of cloth to wrap the postpartum belly. This practice is designed to help postpartum recovery by providing comfort, warmth, and support to the hips, abdomen, and pelvic floor.
Why should you bind after giving birth?
After giving birth, our bodies tend to feel... vulnerable. There is a lot of growing and separation that has occurred and we're often in need of some help feeling "put back together".
Binding has many benefits:
improves diastasis recti
provides core support
improves posture during breastfeeding
can decrease postpartum bleeding
aids in shrinking the uterus down to pre-pregnancy size
gives support to loose ligaments
an act of self-care
This is not necessarily a "slimming" tool. I am not interested in you losing weight or being able to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans. This practice is about healing your womb and giving your body support after it worked so hard to carry and birth your baby.
What is the difference between Bengkung Belly Binding and modern wraps purchased online or locally?
Aside from the aesthetics (Bengkung wraps are hand made and GORGEOUS), belly binding is designed to change with your changing postpartum body. These wraps are made to fit you, no matter what size you are.
Bengkung binding is also designed to support you from your pubic bone to the bottom of your breasts. Commercial binds tend to support you from the hips up which places a lot of pressure on your pelvic floor.
What's included & when to start binding
Each client receives a new personal bind that is yours to keep! It can take up to 2 weeks for me to receive your bind so the earlier you know you want to bind, the better!
Ideally, we will set up a time to bind within 3-5 days after you've given birth (this time increases if you've had a c-section birth- sometimes up to 2-3 weeks) and received the OKAY from your provider.
It seems that binding is most beneficial for the first 8 weeks postpartum. Binds can be worn for 10-12 hours a day but should be taken off while you're sleeping.
If you have diagnosed prolapse or you find that binding causes any discomfort in your pelvic floor, please stop using and refer to your provider and a physical therapist.