Review: Bellefit Girdle/Corset
I have had a bunch of requests over the last 6 or so months for my review of the Bellefit Girdle so I am finally getting around to talking about this thing. For those of you who don't know/haven't read my other blog post "A Wannabe Minimalist's Guide to Packing Your Hospital Bag" I bought the Bellefit Girdle for my post-pregnancy recovery after having Scottie. I also packed this thing in my hospital bag. These are my thoughts and opinions on this girdle.
First, over all, I liked the girdle. I mean, it's a girdle, so IMO even just liking it is a glowing review, right? The material is high quality, the clasps and closures hit all the right spots to hold you in. And you can wear it under your everyday clothes without anyone knowing you have on this crazy contraption underneath.
I had this wild idea that I would be wearing it right after birth. Like literally, after I showered for the first time at the hospital I picked up my hand dandy girdle and was all like "sweet, lets get this body put back together" - ummm, have you seen those commercials with the cars crashing into walls for the safety tests? Yeah, it was physically impossible to get the girdle on (duh) and pretty demoralizing. It's a good thing I can laugh at myself. So, leave your girdle at home. I repeat do not pack your girdle in your hospital bag.
It took me about 2 weeks before I could get the girdle on and wear it sort-of comfortably. When I finally could get it on, I liked it. After you give birth, you just feel like your body is going to fall apart (at least thats what I felt like after giving birth to the twins and to ol' Scottie who was 9 lbs 3 ozs). So, even though the girdle was a little physically uncomfortable on the outside, it was comfortable in the sense that I felt secure in it, if that makes any sense.
Now, the whole reason for purchasing the girdle is because it touts the ability to reduce excess pregnancy weight and skin, supporting and compressing the abdominal and lumbar regions, improves posture, reduces back pain, and faster postpartum recovery. So, with that in mind I would say it does in fact support and compress your abdomen and lumbar regions, it does improve your posture, it does reduce back pain. That leaves whether this girdle actually reduces excess pregnancy weight and skin and whether it speeds up the postpartum recovery process.
I don't think a girdle can reduce your weight, tighten your skin, or speed up the recovery process. The girdle might hold it all in, but I don't think it can make your weight and skin magically disappear or tighten. That's silly. It might look like you have lost the baby weight when you have the girdle on but once you take that bad boy off your post partum belly is still there! I know mine was. Along the same lines, I just don't believe that a girdle can speed up anyone's natural recovery process. Your recovery is individual to you and dependent on biological factors, not a girdle. The only thing that is reducing my belly is breast feeding, eating healthy, and working out. Breast feeding causes your uterus to contract thereby speeding up the process of your uterus shrinking back to its normal size and in turn causing your belly to shrink. And everyone is different y'all! I'm six months post partum and still trying to shrink my baby belly. It is hard seeing people on social media who appear to bounce back and then trying not to compare yourself. But everyone's journey is different. It would be silly to compare my recovery, after having three babies in less than 2 years to someone else's recovery who just had their first baby.
So, like I said in the beginning, I liked the girdle because it made my body feel better those initial weeks that I was recovering from pregnancy and child birth. I would recommend this product too, but, again not because it made my post-pregnancy baby weight fall off, or because it tightened my skin, but solely because it made me feel better and put together in those initial post partum weeks. If you have used the Bellefit girdle let me know what you thought about it!