Postpartum belly binding is nothing new. In fact, it has been a part of traditional cultural practices for centuries in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world. Many women discovered that wrapping their belly with fabric to apply gentle compression may help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and reduce the risk of developing Diastasis Recti. Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles during and after pregnancy. The rectus abdominis runs vertically along the front of your stomach – it’s frequently referred to as someone’s “six-pack abs.” With the increased popularity in the United States, women have borrowed this tradition and also enjoyed the many benefits of belly binding. A Belly Binder is often worn after a vaginal birth or after a c-section birth to help protect the incision and promote healing.
If you’ve planned for a baby, you’ve probably heard about the MTHFR gene variant. Women with an MTHFR gene variant may be at a higher risk for miscarriage, preeclampsia, and having a baby with birth defects.
It may seem like bathing a baby right after birth, often within the first two hours, has been the thing to do for as long as any of us can remember. Evolving interest in understanding that babies are covered in vernix for a reason has given us a better understanding of its benefits. It appears as a white, cheese-like substance. This coating develops on the baby’s skin while in the womb and may appear on the skin after birth.