That’s the common wisdom anyway. But I’m impatient, so in addition to
bike rides and bowls of broccoli, I went looking for a little extra
help and found two interesting options: the Belly Bandit and the HipSlimmer.
The Belly Bandit (left) is an abdominal compression binder; or in human terms basically a
wide, elasticized wrap for your postpartum gut. We first spotted it at one of of the new mom sites we really like, The Cradle. Out of the box, it looked a bit bulky, but
it’s virtually invisible under clothes once it’s on. It’s got props from a Beverly Hills
OB/GYN (of course) and it’s made the rounds among celebs like Jessica Alba and Poppy
Now the HipSlimmer is a post-pregnancy hip-slimming corset that looks
like it’s straight out of the Victorian era. The idea here is to take
advantage of those elevated hormone levels – relaxin and progesterone –
that allowed your hips to widen enough during delivery to let that baby
out. Wear the HipSlimmer a couple hours a day in the first couple
months after delivery to squeeze those hips back in place.
stairs and abstaining from ice cream, and they both include the
standard “seek advice of a physician before use” disclaimer. Do they
work? I can’t say for sure. But with
three kids and a serious addiction to Reese’s cups, I’ll give just
about anything a try. –Julie
Congratulations to Belly Bandit and Hip Slimmer winner, Brooke E!