Friday, October 16, 2009

AbdoMend™ Deluxe C Section Recovery Kit

Abdomend has created an amazing C-section recovery kit that every woman having this surgery should not be without. We've given it a HIGH five-star rating.

After your surgery, you put on a compression belt which covers your incision area and pulls everything in tight. This reduces the pain from the incision as well as adding extra support to your healing abdominal muscles. This is especially helpful when you try to get out of bed those first times which can be extremely painful. The bikini belt should be used for the first month post-C-section.

I didn't use the belt in the hospital, but started using it after I had returned home. I wish I had started using it right from the beginning. The added support truly does reduce the pain and gives you strength which you wouldn't have due to the surgery.

A physical therapist of ours recommended using it during all waking hours but then taking it off at night to allow your core muscles some time to develop again. Following these instructions, I've found incredible help from the belt when doing everyday things, even just feeding or picking up my newborn.

I can't say enough about this belt. This is my second C-section and I didn't have anything like it last time. I had a very hard recovery and it took me quite some time before I had built up any strength. With the belt on this time, within just a couple of days, I was feeling great and had plenty of strength. It's hard not to find false faith in your recovery as the belt makes you feel THAT good when wearing it. The price ranges from $99.90 - $103.90 depending on your size. The customer service is phenomenal and is very supportive. The Deluxe kit, which I had, also comes with a Hem-It-In Belt to be used for core support in the 2nd and 3rd months following surgery. There are massage techniques and tools to help you work on smoothing out your new or existing scars.

Overall, this product is phenomenal and something I would recommend for any woman going in for a C-section or any type of abdominal surgery!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Loving Comfort Maternity Support Belt

Loving Comfort Maternity Support Belt

I give this product a 4.5 star rating. With my first pregnancy, I carried very wide and didn't have any issues with my back. With this, my second pregnancy, I am carrying all out front and have had lots of back pain as well as lower abdominal pain.

This support belt is great! After my baby had fractured two of my ribs on one side, then two on the other side, I was in quite a bit of pain as the weight of my belly was pulling on the injured ribs. My husband stopped at Motherhood in our local mall and bought me this support belt. I really does pull the weight of your belly up and relieves your back quite substantially.

Per Motherhood: "featuring an abdominal support pad that tucks under belly and lifts up, an adjustable belt that allows you to position the support pad for your comfort (and adjust to your growing belly!), and an upper tummy strap for extra security, this maternity support belt provides a level of belly support that you will love!
  • support belt relieves pain in back, legs, and abdomen
  • provides gentle, firm support where you need it most
  • doesn't show under clothing, so you can feel better and look great!
  • great for all sizes! order size small if your pre-pregnancy dress size was 3-6, size medium if your size was 7-16, size large if your size was 17-20
Priced at just under $40, I found this to be a great investment which made the last couple months of my pregnancy much more comfortable.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks

I give this item a FOUR star rating. I can't guarantee this lotion will keep you from getting stretch marks-a lot of that depends on your genes....but I can say it feels great on that itchy belly!

I used it every day, twice a day, on my belly, sides, lower back, bum and hips and was lucky to come away with only a few slight marks with my first child. I am following the same regiment with my second pregnancy and hoping for the same results.

It's a nice thick and creamy lotion which makes even the itchiest bellies feel better while working on eliminating stretch marks.

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