Belly binding is a postpartum practice performed in many cultures all over the world is some variation. For the cultures that do this practice, it is an important part of the postpartum healing process. Most see birth as an experience of "opening" the body and the binding is seen as a necessary step in "closing" after birth is complete. It is restorative for the womb space by providing support while regaining core strength and organs displaced during pregnancy move back to their pre-pregnancy positions.
What is Bengkung?
The Bengkung is the most widely known and used form of belly binding from in "confinement" periods, hailing from Malaysian tradition. It used a long strip of fabric to carefully compress the belly, covering from the pelvis and over the lower ribs. It is very beautiful and flexible in the way it is wrapped and can be worn over or under clothing. I prefer this style over commercial girdles as it is wrapped to your body shape while offering snug support.
*This is not a weight loss product or a waist trainer.* It is merely a supportive aid.
May is Mental Health Awareness and Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. Today, May 7th, is also International Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day.
In this post of the Self Care Series, I'd like to share some of the things on my self care plan that covers mental health.
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