Proactive Healing with a Postpartum Belt
Hello. My name is Dr. Danielle Drobbin, my wife and I have 4 beautiful children which I am so lucky that she was able to carry and birth for our family. I am also a prenatal certified chiropractor and currently have the largest prenatal and postpartum chiropractic practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Needless to say, I have a ton of both personal and professional experience to speak to. As a provider, I continually support many pregnant people in having less pain during and after pregnancy, by keeping proper balance and alignment in the spine and pelvis. With optimal balance and decreased tension, studies show that a pregnant person will have decreased pain, decreased labor time, and better baby positioning… which can ultimately lead to an easier birth.
Throughout pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin. The purpose of relaxin is to allow the soft tissue structures of your pelvis to accommodate a growing human in a small space. This hormone can be a double-edged sword. In one aspect it allows your body to open and expand as the baby grows, but if the body isn’t aligned properly, it can expand unevenly and cause tightness and pain. Your body is incredibly intelligent and for the most part knows exactly how to grow a baby, however it is always nice to have extra support from a physical and structural level.
The first 12 weeks after birth, although amazing and joyous, can also be an extremely overwhelming and frustrating time when it comes to how your body heals and gets back to “normal”. I love how the KeaBabies 3-in-1 Postpartum Recovery Support Belt has three separate sections focusing on three different stages of the postpartum experience! The sooner you can work on proactive and preventative ways to help your body heal, the less of a chance you have to develop common ailments many birthing people encounter; diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation), sciatica, low back pain, pubic bone pain, etc…
The Stomach Belt is great for “binding” the abdominal muscles and supporting them to properly heal back together and avoid separation. The Stomach Belt can also help to reduce swelling, skin stretching, and tissue inflammation. This can help give a more pre-baby appearance to the mid-section.
The Waist Belt, when worn on top of the Stomach Belt, helps keep the lower back supported and strong. Between awkward breastfeeding positions, lifting babies, carrying car seats, twisting and turning, having this lumbar support can decrease low back pain and help you be mindful about lifting and twisting properly. It will keep the spinal structures tight and in good alignment.
The Pelvis Belt is the thinner belt that will help secure and tighten the pubic symphysis and squeeze the hips back together so there is an even amount of pressure on the disc in between the two pubic bones. It is important to make sure the belt is perpendicular to the ground and secured tightly. This part of the belt can also be used during the pregnancy period when angled down to the ground at 45 degrees. This angle can help lift the belly and take some pressure and weight off of the pubic bone and pelvic floor.
After 10 months of growing, expanding, and nourishing a little human, the body is very “loosey-goosey”. External support to keep the lower body nice and tight can help tremendously. From a chiropractor, and a mommy of 4, that is extremely particular about the body healing in a balanced way, I fully endorse the 3-in-1 KeaBabies Postpartum Support Belt and feel it is very helpful for all different types of postpartum recovery.
Meet Our Guest Writer: Dr. Danielle Drobbin, Chiropractor
Dr. Danielle grew up in Long Island, NY. Her dad is a chiropractor who has been practicing for over 30 years and who has thankfully made chiropractic a way of life for her and her entire family.