Belly binding, a practice most often performed by women immediately after pregnancy and delivery, aids in helping loose skin shrink and reattach to the stomach muscles, according to Target Woman. Tummy wraps help push excess fluid out of the uterus and skin, resulting in a smaller stomach. They also help keep the stomach tight and warm during the healing process. Women can wear wraps after natural and cesarean births as well when they want to reduce the appearance of loose skin during dieting. Several types of wraps exist ranging from simple ones to body suits that are pulled up over the legs and abdomen.
Situate the belly wrap comfortably on the belly. Tighten the wrap just enough to feel compression, but not tightness. The wrap should always remain comfortable to wear.
Place the wrap underneath your clothes, directly against your skin, everyday for four to eight weeks. Remove the wrap at night.
Compliment your efforts by eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise.
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- Talk to your doctor about your intentions to wear a belly wrap. Some women, especially those who have just had surgery, may not be able to wear compression garments.
- Never wear a compression garment during pregnancy.
Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.