Review: Bellefit Postpartum Corset

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Pregnancy! What a crazy adventure it is! I’m one of those women who love being pregnant. It’s such a miracle to see how our bodies transform to accommodate these little growing lives: however, I’m not a fan of how I feel in those first few weeks postpartum so if I can find some relief from the discomfort, count me in!

On September 5, I had a repeat C-section (the first was 3 years ago to deliver twins). Having been through the process once before, I had an idea of what to expect postpartum. I couldn’t wait to get my belly into my Bellefit Corset.

Ideally, you should begin wearing it 3-5 days post delivery. In my case, I developed ileus after surgery so I had to postpone until I was healed. First chance I got to slip that corset on (at 12 days postpartum) I jumped at the chance and have barely taken it off since!

12 days postpartum

Once I began wearing my Bellefit Corset, I felt instant relief. My core felt supported. My incision and back both hurt less thanks to the compression. Nursing and bending over to change diapers became easier as well.

12 days PP vs 18 days PP

According to the Bellefit website: “Bellefit compression girdles and corsets work by drawing in stretched abdominal muscles providing a 360° support structure around the torso, thus, reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks.” I can attest to this from my experience. The support I feel from my corset is fantastic.

You are advised to wear your girdle or corset 12-24 hours a day. They also recommend waiting until you are 36 weeks pregnant to order to insure you get the correct size. Customer service is wonderful so if you ever have any questions regarding what size or which style to get, they will help you! You can wear one after vaginal delivery or C-section too.

I would recommend a Bellefit corset or girdle to every mama. We spend 9 months supporting and growing these precious lives. It’s so nice to find something that will support us after we deliver.

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Hello World: Maddie’s Birth Story (and My Road to Recovery)

We are so excited to welcome Maddie!

 

Madalyn Elise was born via C-section almost 2 weeks ago weighing in at 8 lbs and 3 oz and 20.5 inches long.  I had hopes of a VBAC but those hopes were dashed a couple weeks prior when I found out that my body just wasn’t responding like we had hoped. By 39 weeks, I still hadn’t dilated and my cervix was still high and off to the side. That, along with a very narrow pelvis, lead my OB and I to the decision to schedule a repeat C-section. I know not everyone would agree with that decision but after a lot of prayer, I decided that this was the best and safest way to bring our new baby into the world.

Like I said, this was a repeat C-section and seemed to be typical and no different from my last. I had one with my twins 3 years (and 2 weeks) ago. I knew what to expect and thought that this recovery would be easier and I would be back to my old self in no time. Boy, was I wrong!

The day following surgery, I began having intense pain in my right abdomen. I could only describe it as the worst gas pain I had ever had. Along with the pain, my belly was incredibly swollen. After I delivered the twins, my belly had gone down significantly so I was so surprised that by day 4, I still looked 9 months pregnant.

On day 4, I was given a suppository, passed gas one time and then went home. The ride home was awful and I cried the entire way because I was in so much pain. Once home, I sat down and within an hour began have the shakes and was freezing cold. I took my temperature and it was 100.9. Within 15 minutes and after taking ibuprofen, my temp jumped to 103.4. I called my OB and was told to come back to the hospital right away.

While in the ER, I had blood tests, x-rays finally a CT. The results showed that I had an ileus. This meant that my intestines were asleep and hadn’t woken up after my surgery. Everything that I had eaten and drank for the last 4 days was sitting in my large intestine and unable to go anywhere. This was why I was so swollen. My intestines were distended.

I’m not one to complain a lot, which is why this wasn’t found earlier (note to self: don’t try and be a martyr). My pain level was an 11/12 on a scale from 1 to 10. I can honestly say without a doubt that this was the worst pain I had ever experienced.

I was immediately put back on IV fluids and told that I couldn’t eat or drink anything until my intestines began waking up. If things didn’t start moving, I would need a NG tube which would go into my nose, down my throat and into my stomach. The purpose of this would be to remove the air that was building up inside my belly.

I was so fortunate that this wasn’t necessary and with the help of time (and some suppositories; sorry TMI) I was able to very slowly find relief and healing. After 36 hours, I was able to have a liquid diet and then by day 7 in the hospital, I was released to go home and continue recovery. My stomach was still very swollen by finally beginning to “deflate”.

7 days postpartum

I am so happy that at least through this entire ordeal, Maddie was able to stay with me in the hospital because I am breastfeeding. The lack of nutrition did not affect my milk supply and she even gained 1 ounce while I was on the IV.

I never imagined that this would be how Maddie’s first week in this world would be but she was such a trooper through it all. I can definitely say that I won’t forget any of it.

I am so blessed with an amazing village that helped with Sophie and Carley while we were in the hospital. I’m not sure what we would have done without them.

And the girls did so well too considering. I have never been away from them for more than a few hours at a time so an entire week was crazy. On one of the girls’ visits to the hospital, Sophie begged and cried for Mommy to come home with her. Talk about heartbreaking. Otherwise, they did great playing at home and at our sweet neighbor’s house.  Since I’ve been home, she hasn’t really let me out of her sight, but I’m okay with that. Every day gets a bit easier.

I am so thankful to all of you who sent so many prayers and positive vibes our way. I felt every single one of them. I am so happy to be home with my family!

 

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Sophie & Carley’s Day Out

The day is almost here! The day we bring our sweet new addition into this world.

I am beyond excited to meet Baby Girl Nau. I am excited for the girls to meet her and become big sisters.

I am also a bit nervous. For 3 years, I have been a stay at home mom to Sophie and Carley. When Daddy is at work, it’s just us 3 amigas. How will they react to sharing us even more than they’ve already had to? Will they be ok watching me nurse their baby sister when they have only recently been weaned? Will they adjust to our new life quickly?

We will see. In the meantime, I am spending as much quality time with them as possible. This past Friday, it was rainy and chilly, but I had promised them a girls day. I documented our last day out before baby sister comes.

First on the agenda…let them pick out their own outfits. These girls have style for sure!

Can you tell their mama is an 80’s child??

I love catching these sweet moments!

Next, we grabbed our umbrella and headed to the library. They love the library. Different toys and books to read. What’s not to love?

The girls met the library’s new pets, Milo & Otis. They are white feeder mice that the library saved. The girls asked if they could have them. Hmmm…I don’t think Daddy would be up for pet mice.

Notice, Carley’s arm around her sissy. A little girl walked up to Sophie and after noticing her, Carley put her around around Sophie. Protective sister?

Some kiddos read at the table. These girls prefer a cozy nook.

They love the water fountain and after all that reading and playing, a water break was a must.

I promised the girls a big chocolate chip cookie after the library. Note to self: don’t promise said cookie until you know for sure that Starbucks isn’t out of them. Thankfully the sweet barista had 2 identical cake pops for the girls. That was a definite win! And yes, those are plastic tarantulas in their cup holders. These girls love all things Halloween!

We ended the day with story time. They love when Daddy reads to them. These moments absolutely melt my heart.

We made a deal that morning to have the best day and I think we did. I love spending as much time as possible with these girls. Very soon, we will be adding another little lady to this crazy life and I can’t wait to capture all those moments too!

 

“A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” Laurel Atherton

 

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