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.
- Core support: Many women have an issue called diastasis recti during pregnancy or postpartum. This is the separation of the abdominal muscles from the growing uterus and baby within. This can lead to the “mommy pouch” that never seems to go away. Binding helps to bring those muscles together during the healing period after birth so that they more easily strengthen. It is important to note that belly binding does NOT strengthen your core, it supports your core until you are able to implement a core strengthening routine. You should always consult your provider or a physical therapist before beginning a core strengthening routine if you have diastasis recti so you don’t make your problem worse.
- Pelvic support: When a woman is pregnant her body releases a hormone called relaxin; this hormone is responsible for the ligaments in her body to relax and loosen so that her baby may move more easily through the pelvis during birth. Relaxin remains in the body for several months after birth. Binding postpartum takes advantage of the relaxin in her body puts gentle pressure on the hips/pelvis helping bring those hips back to their pre-pregnancy state.
- Lower back support: Abdominal muscles are directly related to the back muscles. When one is strengthened the other must also be strengthened. When one is weakened, it affects the other as well. When these core muscles are not supported it can cause back problems and even injury.
- Pelvic floor support: Just as the core muscles are interconnected, the pelvic floor muscles are connected to both the core and the glutes. When your core is supported, you are better able to do the proper exercises to support the pelvic floor; i.e. SQUATS.
- Breastfeeding: One of the first you hear when you learn how to position yourself to breastfeed is “bring the baby to the breast, not the breast to the baby”. This means, don’t lean forward and strain your neck to feed. Sit back, relax, and bring baby to the breast. Binding can assist with this by simply encouraging your body to have good posture while you feed.
When to begin belly binding
If you have had a vaginal delivery you may schedule binding as early as 3 days postpartum. If you have had a C-section this service cannot be completed until you are at least 4 weeks postpartum and/or cleared by your surgeon or medical provider. Bindings can be worn for 10 to 12 hours at a time, and recommended for 4-6 weeks.
Sessions with Active Peace Maternity & Massage can be scheduled online.
*If you plan to order a bind in conjunction with binding service, please keep in mind that bind orders require 3-4 business days for processing.
*Local orders with scheduled binding session are hand delivered at no additional charge. Local orders without scheduled binding session are available for free local pickups in Colorado Springs.