About mid-way through my pregnancy with baby number two I started looking into postpartum corsets. It is not something that I used with my first, but I wish I had. I didn’t know they existed, but I think it would have been a great benefit to my c-section recovery and in helping my body go back to some kind of normal. Bellefit came highly recommended so I was excited when I had the opportunity to try out the Bellefit Postpartum Corset. I thought I would put together a Bellefit Corset review for those who might be interested in trying one.
The Bellefit postpartum corset is a medical-grade corset used to aid in c-section recovery and incision healing. It also helps with supporting and compressing your abdominal and lumbar region which helps to improve your posture and relieve back pain. Most importantly, for me, it has strong compression which helps strengthen your core after pregnancy. This was an issue I had after my first birth and I felt I never fully recovered from it.
You can start wearing a corset as soon as you are discharged from the hospital. I actually started wearing mine at about 6 weeks post-partum; however, I definitely wish I would have had it at the hospital. After a c-section sometimes you feel as if you might burst open (TMI?) and I believe the compression would have really helped with that. My poor husband basically couldn’t talk for a couple of weeks because he kept making me laugh 😆
I love that the Bellfit Postpartum Corset has three sets of eye-hooks so you can wear it as you get smaller. I also love that you can unhook the crotch area so it is easy to use the bathroom and change pads — you don’t have to worry about taking it on and off. The hooks in the crotch area are adjustable as well to accommodate pads you might have in the first weeks post-pregnancy.
I worked with Bellefit directly to find the perfect fit. They ask a series of questions to help make sure the corset you buy is perfect for you. I found that it was fairly comfortable considering what it is. I could easily wear it for the recommended 12 hours per day (that is the minimum recommendation). I did sometimes have some pain along the top where the boning is; however, I usually pulled it up over my nursing bra and that seemed to help.
Some things I found helpful to keep in mind when trying a postpartum corset:
- When you give birth you’ll be able to start wearing it when you’re discharged from the hospital.
- The first time you put it on be patient, be open to asking for help from your partner or whoever is helping you during that time.
- The corset will be snug at first and as you recover you’ll notice that it will get loose over time. One thing to note is washing the corset regularly helps retain its snug shape.
- If you experience any issues with the fit contact Bellefit so they can help
Between the Bellefit Postpartum Corset and returning to a regular exercise routine once I was cleared by my doctor, I noticed a great difference in my body and core. I will admit that it was tough to wear in the heat of the summer. We had several weeks where the temperature was up around 100 degrees so I did take a break from the corset at that time. However, now that fall is here I plan to start wearing it again.
Overall, I think the Bellefit Postpartum Corset is a great product for new moms to have to help recover from childbirth (natural or c-section) and help rebuild the core. If you would like to try the Bellefit Postpartum Corset you can use the code BABYCASTAN to take $30 off (minimum purchase $67.50 — cannot be combined with other promotions). Another helpful tip is that you might be able to get reimbursed for your corset using FSA funds if you have them — contact your plan administrator.