Abdominal binders have been around for a long time and doctors often prescribe them after surgery to help a patient with back pain. After C-sections sometimes women are prescribed abdominal binders because they help support the abs and a patient’s back while they’re healing from the C-section. They can be beneficial. As for helping a woman go back to her pre-pregnant size faster, who knows? There is no scientific data out there to show that they really work. Here is what happens after you have a baby. The uterus atomically shrinks down to about the level of your belly button and over the next six weeks it will continue to shrink down or cramp down to be a very small size behind your pubic bone once it’s done and back to normal. Over this six week period your tummy will naturally shrink. Some people may swear by the belly band saying it help their tummy shrink when with or without it, it would have happened anyway. Some people do say that it helps because it boosts their confidence, and helps them suck it all in, and it supports their back so that they don’t feel as much pain and they’re able to move around more. That may contribute to weight loss because you burn extra calories moving around. If it’s not going to break the bank it doesn’t hurt to use it in combination with diet and exercise. Before you start exercising be sure to get it approved by your OB provider. If you’ve had a vaginal delivery it’s recommended that you wait about six weeks and if you had a C-section it’s usually about eight weeks. Talk with your doctor and they can discuss the benefits of using it in your individual circumstance. If you have any other questions in the future for me feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.