But why wait to use them until baby is here? I am currently pregnant with baby #3 and am SO incredibly happy I was introduced to the amazing art of Belly Wrapping for Pregnancy Support!! I am carrying this baby so much lower then my other two, and breech nonetheless, that by afternoon I have a lot of pressure and discomfort in my belly, back and hips! As much as I would love to just lay down and rest, with two busy, very active boys that just isn't possible! Belly Wrapping to the rescue.
By taking a woven wrap or ring sling and tightly wrapping it around your belly, and even your hips if desired, you are creating a pregnancy belt. This provides a firm yet gentle support for your growing belly, loose joints and achy back. Not to mention it is a perfect way to start practicing with your wrap and getting it nice and soft and broken in for when baby arrives!
Just as there are tons of ways to use a wrap and ring sling to carry your baby so are there many ways to wrap your belly as a pregnancy support. I am going to include a few of my favorite YouTube videos for you all to follow along. Each one utilizes a different size woven wrap, giving you the preferred comfort and support your growing body needs!
Wrapping your Belly with a "Shortie" (sizes 2-3)
Wrapping Your Belly with a Mid-Length Wrap (sizes 4-5)
This style of belly wrapping, although is a bit more involved, is definitely my favorite comfort-wise. I feel that it gives me the most support all over, belly, hips and full across the back.
Wrapping Your Belly with a Long Wrap (sizes 6+)
Wrapping Your Belly with a Ring Sling
Check out all of these adorable bellies from a few of our BWI of Cleveland members!
Thank you to Alicia Moellenkamp, Karyn Tankersley, Nicci Sample, Maya Lindenmuth and Kristina Elyse for the wonderful photos!!
If you would like to have some hands-on help with wrapping your own bellies, please pop into one of our monthly Instructional Meetings! Please view our Events tab to find one closest to you!