The day after my c-section, I was in the hospital and two nurses came in to help me get out of bed. They started talking to each other about some “compression belt” and I had absolutely no clue what they were talking about. One nurse said I needed one, the other wasn’t so sure, but they brought one anyway, made me stand up, and wrapped this “belt” around my waist. To give you an idea, the so called belt started from right under my boobs and ended right below my hip bone. It was uncomfortable, to say the least. Why on Earth would they think this is what I wanted the day after abdominal surgery? I took it off within an hour and didn’t revisit the topic again until a few weeks later.
I wanted to know why they chose to give me a compression belt, and why I had never heard of it before. I also wanted to know why they couldn’t answer my questions as to why I needed one. After researching compression belts, I wish I had known about them sooner. It turns out, post-pregnancy compression has been around for centuries. The benefits of compression is to flatten the belly and get your hips back to their normal position. Hips are known to spread during pregnancy to allow for baby to pass through the birth canal. Even after I lost all my baby weight, I still couldn’t get my jeans around hips – it took months to get my hips back to their normal size, and even two years later I still feel they aren’t as slim as they once were.
I came across a few compression belts and found Shrinkx to be the most comfortable and practical. Especially after a c-section, you do not want a compression band that spans from your boobs to your hips – this makes it impossible to bend or move. Shrinkx was designed to fit comfortably around your hip area and is only about 3-4 inches wide. It is important that you use any type of compression within the first month of having your baby, because after that your body stops producing the hormones that loosen up your ligaments. You can find out more about how Shrinkx works.
There are two Shrinks products to choose from, the Shrinkx Ultra and the Shrinkx Basic. They are actually recommended by doctors and provided results in 95% of testers in their trials. If you are going to go with a compression band, why not choose the one that is comfortable? You can purchase Shrinkx at Target, Babies R Us, Pea in the Pod, Destination Maternity, Diapers.com and at the Shrinkx website.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product free of charge. All opinions are my own.