Benkung Belly Wrap
Bengkung belly wrapping is a traditional Malaysian postpartum belly binding method. It involves wrapping a long strip of cloth around the abdomen and hips from the ribcage to the pubic bone. The wrap is typically worn for 40 days after childbirth, but can be worn for longer if desired.
Bengkung belly wrapping is said to have a number of benefits, including:
- Supporting the abdominal muscles and helping them to heal after childbirth
- Reducing postpartum swelling
- Realigning the pelvis and spine
- Improving posture
- Reducing back pain
- Promoting circulation
- Helping to shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks
Bengkung belly wrapping is generally safe for most postpartum women, but it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before starting to use it. It is also important to make sure that the wrap is not too tight, as this can restrict blood flow and cause discomfort.
To wrap your belly with a bengkung, you will need a long strip of cloth that is 9 to 12 inches wide. The cloth should be made of a breathable fabric, such as cotton or muslin.
Here are the steps on how to wrap your belly with a bengkung:
- Lie on your back with your legs bent at the knees.
- Place the center of the cloth at the base of your spine.
- Wrap the cloth around your abdomen, overlapping the ends by a few inches.
- Cross the ends of the cloth over your lower abdomen and wrap them around your back.
- Bring the ends of the cloth around to the front of your body and tie them in a knot above your pubic bone.
- Adjust the wrap so that it is snug but not too tight.
You can wear your bengkung wrap over or under your clothing. It is important to remove the wrap and give your skin a break for a few hours each day.
If you are considering using a bengkung belly wrap, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider first to make sure that it is safe for you.