Today is exactly 1 month after the birth of my 2nd daughter, Nikki. And I thought I would document a part of my post natal journey, specifically with relation to getting back in shape postpartum.
Above: Belly size at 35 weeks
Nikki was born slightly early, at 36 weeks and 6 days, 1 day shy of 37 weeks. So the above photo is taken about 2 weeks prior to delivery.
During my 1 month post-natal “confinement”, though frankly, with this 2nd baby, I hardly followed through with any of the traditional chinese confinement practices, I hired a jamu/bengkung lady to help with daily postnatal massage and the bengkung wrap.
There’s actually 2 layers to the wrap. The first is a corset-type thing that is tightly bounded around the entire torso. This first layer is not so bad. Because it is a thinner material than the outer layer (see 3rd photo below), there is still room to move about and breathe! 🙂
Above: 1st layer of bengkung wrap which is similar to a corset
Above: The actual wrap which is tightly bounded on top of the corset
The second layer is a thicker material which is wrapped all the way around your torso. Because it is a thicker material, after the cloth is fully wrapped, it actually becomes difficult to sit down. Makes all daily activities difficult – including bending down to pick anything up (in fact, it is impossible to perform a full bend at the waist!), sitting down, breastfeeding, and pee-ing. 😦
And the photo below is taken on the 25th day after delivery.
I suppose I can’t complain about the “results” of the post natal wrap. Now all I have to do is exercise the remaining fat away – if only I get some time to hit the gym….