Postpartum Abdominal Binders


The popularity of using compression wraps following childbirth is quickly growing among surrogates. Those who have used compression binders say they are able to quickly shed pounds and inches, all while feeling supported and comfortable.

Compression wraps, often known as belly-binders, work by supporting the muscles surrounding a woman’s midsection as her body works to tighten and return to pre-pregnancy shape. Additionally, many experts believe that these binders can shorten the post-natal recovery time by helping to improve a woman’s posture, allowing greater mobility, and improving stability. Compressing the abdominals back together can also speed the return to prenatal muscle conditions. Additionally, the compression wraps also improve blood circulation, which can help with stretch marks and bruising.

Women who have had a caesarian delivery often find that their healing process is expedited by the use of a binder. Some hospitals are even starting to use binders as standard treatment following C-section births. You will want to be careful when selecting a binder if you’ve had a C-section, however, as not all styles are designed for caesarian births and can cause irritation.

There are many brands of binders and compressions wraps on the market. These range from minimally supportive velcro styles to highly supportive, medical grade compression styles that are worn as a body suit. These varying styles also range greatly in price. You’ll want to consider your budget, desired level of compression, and comfort when choosing your compression wrap.

Binders are available at most retailers offering baby products, and sometimes in lingerie departments of larger department stores. However, the largest selection is often found through online retailers.

When worn over an extended period of time, many women report a greater loss of inches and a quicker flattening of the tummy area. Of course use of binders is a personal choice and one that does not come with scientific proof. You should run the idea of a belly binder by your obstetrician before you begin wearing one regularly.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.