Belly Binder and Hip Slimmer Review

Well, I used both the Tauts abdominal binder and the Hip Slimmer post pregnancy. I found both to be beneficial. Abdominal binding provided noticeable support to my midsection that was very comfortable. The compression left me with a belly that looks the same as it did before pregnancy– no jiggles that were not pre-existing. The hip slimmer was beneficial also, although it took more planning to wear than the abdominal binder did. The hip slimmer only needs to be worn for three hours per day, but bending and sitting are somewhat difficult (though not impossible). I usually wore it over yoga pants after working out, and planned to stand for most of that time as a further means of exercise. Each time I wore the hip slimmer I could lace it a little tighter. The material is quite sturdy and does not stretch, so it is a good feeling to know that the hips are getting smaller. I was wearing pre-pregnancy clothes three weeks after delivery, and I think that the abdominal binder and the Hip Slimmer helped to accelerate the results of my exercise plan. I would use both again.


Tauts or Belly Bandit?

I ordered my abdominal binder today. I went back and forth about which brand to order. A basic Tauts is currently selling for $56.00, and a basic Belly Bandit for $45.95. My thrifty nature wanted to go with the less expensive and very well reviewed product. But after looking at the sizing information for both products, I found that the Tauts covers a range of waist measurements in one size that takes two different sizes in a Belly Bandit. For the Belly Bandit, sizes x-small and small each cover a four inch waist measurement range, medium and large a five inch range, and x-large a six inch range. The ranges do not overlap. For the Tauts, sizes x-small, small, and x-large cover a ten inch range, and sizes medium and large cover an eleven inch range. There is also overlap between the measurement ranges of the sizes, so that the necessity of purchasing more than one size in order to get the most effect of the garment is less likely. The newest model of the Belly Bandit, which currently sells for $79.98, offers a five inch range for x-small and medium, a four inch range for size small, and a six inch range for size x-large.

The FAQ page for Belly Bandit features the questions “I’ve been wearing my Belly Bandit for 2 weeks (3 weeks) etc., and I have shrunk out of it already. It didn’t last that long. I would like to exchange it for another one”, and “I don’t get why you don’t use more Velcro on your item so it lasts longer?” Of course they don’t exchange an item that has been worn for several weeks (who would?), but the answer to the concern of limited use for the price is that the questioner is now ready for the next size down. The answer as to why there is not more velcro on the product so that it can be used longer is that it would show through clothing. Obviously, most women will need to purchase multiple sizes of this product. Both brands suggest ordering two to have one available to wear while the other is being washed and dried. (Neither one can go into the drier.)

I think the extra $10.00 in the initial cost to purchase the Tauts is more than worth it if it can be used for a longer period of time and purchasing multiple sizes can be avoided. So now I am waiting for the Tauts to arrive. Hopefully it will be here before I deliver. I’ll review the product and its results as I use it.

Everything in its Place

Every new mother wants to get back in shape quickly after her child is born. While abdominal binding and hip compression are not a weight loss strategy, there does seem to be credibility in the claims that these practices speed the return of the body to pre-pregnancy shape by aiding the shrinking of the uterus, moving the separated abdominal muscles back together, and moving the hips back into place. This has been practiced in Central and South America, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and sub Saharan Africa since ancient times. The people of so many different places wouldn’t have embraced a useless practice for so long!

I have decided to try this after my baby is born. There are several commercial brands of specifically post-natal abdominal binders, the most popular being Belly Bandit and Tauts. Some people use ace bandages, a long sash, post-surgical binders, or regular old girdles. I have decided to use a commercial post natal variety simply for ease of use. I chose Tauts because reviewers said there is a wider area of velcro, allowing for wear through a greater range of measurements.

A slightly more surprising practice, for me, is hip compression. The theory here is that the hormones that loosen joints remain in the body for some weeks after delivery, so there is a window of opportunity to actually move the hip bones back into place. Sounds painful!

While some moms experience the permanent widening of the hips after giving birth– even at pre-pregnancy weight or lower– the testimonials from people who have used hip compression say that their hips returned to pre-pregnancy size or even a little smaller. The device that supposedly produces these results looks like a corset for your hips. It has laces that are tightened to provide compression. The makers say to wear it for a few hours per day for eight weeks after delivery. At first I thought, “is it safe to deliberately move your bones?”. Then I thought that since they have already moved due to the presence of relaxin, which is still in the body, and since they will not move further by wearing the garment after relaxin is gone, it is probably not dangerous.

I am not expecting miracles, but I do think that these practices have merit. Does anyone have experience with either abdominal binding or hip compression? What were your results? I will document my experience once baby arrives.