Fellow pregnant ladies, here’s a blog post specially for you! :-) If you already have or are planning to soon purchase your first woven wrap, you don’t actually have to wait until baby arrives before you can use it! How awesome is that?
There are a few things you can use your wrap for right now to start softening it up and practice using it, but perhaps my favourite is belly wrapping!
What is belly wrapping?
Traditionally, belly wrapping has been practiced many years in many parts of the world, including Spain, the Philippines, Latin America, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. It is a practice that (prior to the rapid spread of this kind of information through the internet) was mainly handed down from mothers and midwives.
I get the impression that postpartum belly wrapping or binding is a more commonly known practice to help everything stabilise and go back into place. However, prenatal belly wrapping, or belly wrapping during pregnancy can be just as beneficial.
Belly wrapping with a wrap involves tying the wrap over your pregnant belly, spreading the fabric and tightening in all the right places to support your belly.
What are the benefits of belly wrapping?
Some of the following benefits have been reported by mamas who have tried belly wrapping (myself included!):
Special cautions for belly wrapping
Always seek medical advice and listen to your doctor and midwife. Every pregnancy and body is different, so belly wrapping may not be right for you. Be cautious if you try belly wrapping and make sure…
How to do belly wrapping…
There are a few different techniques and tutorials out there. I’d definitely encourage you to try some different options to see what is most comfortable for you. Here is one technique I like because it is a similar style of wrapping to FWCC (which is what you’ll be doing a lot of with your new baby) and so it makes for good practice. I also find that it offers good support for my belly.
Honestly though, you can make this one up. Baby is safely inside your belly (they’re not going to fall out ;-)) so as long as you don’t go too tight or cause discomfort, you’re good to go! Try wrapping wherever you need support, and tie off once you run out of wrap!
Over to you now… have you tried belly wrapping during pregnancy? If so, what benefits did you find and what techniques did you use? There’s actually not a lot of information available online about this just yet (trust me – I looked!) so any info you can contribute is likely to be very valuable to future mamas who go searching.
Happy belly wrapping!
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