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Belly Bandit®

C-Section Recovery Shorts

$69.95
 
Belly Bandit®
C-Section Recovery Shorts
$69.95
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When to Wear
AFTER PREGNANCY
Fit runs

Small

Large

Support
Compression

Low

High

Description

After delivery - and once you're ready (be it two days or two weeks post-surgery), these C-section support shorts will come to your rescue with targeted compression to help reduce swelling and silver-infused fibers that can help minimize bacteria and odor. The shorts feature Stayput™ technology to reduce rolling, a "gotta-go" gusset opening, and thigh chafing protection. Comfortable and compressive, these C-Section Shorts will be your go-to recovery wear! 

Why You'll Love It
  • Easy pull-on design
  • Breathable knit fabric helps keep you cool
  • Designed with three compression zones for your specific recovery needs
  • Reduces uncomfortable thigh chafing
  • Can be used after vaginal delivery

Upper area provides firm compression which may help:

  • Reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Support core muscles and stabilize midsection during recovery
  • Promote mobility

Lower area offers light compression and anti-microbial, silver-infused fibers which may help:

  • Gently protect incision site
  • Minimize odor and bacteria

The International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics has found that abdominal binders can be an effective, simple, non‐pharmacological option of relieving pain and distress after a Cesarean delivery.

Details Matter
  • Structured, compressive waistband with hook and eye closure
  • Relaxed leg for comfort and coverage
  • Stayput™ technology to reduce rolling
  • Easy "gotta-go" access
  • Silver-infused yarns in front panel help minimize odor and bacteria
How To Wear

Don't let the hook-and-eye clasps intimidate you. You can step into these shorts with the clasps already fastened! Gotta go? No need to unhook! The gusset opening makes for stress-free bathroom breaks.

Specifications & Care
Material

82% Polyamide, 15% Spandex, 3% Silver yarn

Care

Machine wash cold separately

Do not bleach

Lay flat to dry

Do not iron

Do not dry clean

When to Wear
AFTER PREGNANCY
Fit runs

Small

Large

Support
Compression

Low

High

 
 

After delivery - and once you're ready (be it two days or two weeks post-surgery), these C-section support shorts will come to your rescue with targeted compression to help reduce swelling and silver-infused fibers that can help minimize bacteria and odor. The shorts feature Stayput™ technology to reduce rolling, a "gotta-go" gusset opening, and thigh chafing protection. Comfortable and compressive, these C-Section Shorts will be your go-to recovery wear! 

  • Easy pull-on design
  • Breathable knit fabric helps keep you cool
  • Designed with three compression zones for your specific recovery needs
  • Reduces uncomfortable thigh chafing
  • Can be used after vaginal delivery

Upper area provides firm compression which may help:

  • Reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Support core muscles and stabilize midsection during recovery
  • Promote mobility

Lower area offers light compression and anti-microbial, silver-infused fibers which may help:

  • Gently protect incision site
  • Minimize odor and bacteria

The International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics has found that abdominal binders can be an effective, simple, non‐pharmacological option of relieving pain and distress after a Cesarean delivery.

Don't let the hook-and-eye clasps intimidate you. You can step into these shorts with the clasps already fastened! Gotta go? No need to unhook! The gusset opening makes for stress-free bathroom breaks.

Machine wash cold separately

Do not bleach

Lay flat to dry

Do not iron

Do not dry clean

Material

82% Polyamide, 15% Spandex, 3% Silver yarn

  • Structured, compressive waistband with hook and eye closure
  • Relaxed leg for comfort and coverage
  • Stayput™ technology to reduce rolling
  • Easy "gotta-go" access
  • Silver-infused yarns in front panel help minimize odor and bacteria

Top FAQs
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How do the Belly Bandit C-Section Recovery Shorts work?

Belly Bandit® C-Section Recovery Shorts use targeted compression to promote healing and provide extra comfort throughout your postpartum recovery. Unlike regular compression shorts, C-section recovery shorts are designed to give you different levels of support in the areas your body needs it most. Featuring three different compression zones, these shorts help stabilize your core, protect your incision site, and reduce swelling, all while being super comfortable.

What is the purpose of c-section recovery shorts?

C-section recovery shorts are designed to help relieve pain and support healing after a cesarean delivery. No birth is easy, but a C-section can be especially difficult, since it brings many unique postpartum challenges. C-section recovery shorts can help mitigate some of these difficulties to make your recovery a smoother and more comfortable process.

When should you start wearing c-section recovery shorts?

As soon as they feel comfortable! Some moms feel better wearing their C-section recovery shorts on their way home from the hospital, while others prefer to wait a few days before beginning to wear them regularly. Start wearing these C-section recovery shorts after delivery whenever it feels most comfortable for you.

Do these c-section recovery shorts provide compression?

Yes! In fact, Belly Bandit C-Section Recovery Shorts are designed with targeted compression technology, which means they provide different levels of compression to different areas of the body. You can now have the best of both worlds: firm compression levels around your midsection and core, and more gentle compression levels around your incision site.

Can I wear a belly band together with c-section recovery shorts?

Technically, yes. However, there really is no need to wear both at the same time, since your Belly Bandit C-Section Recovery Shorts are able to provide the same amount of compression and support around your midsection as a belly band would. A belly band is great to wear in tandem with compression leggings, like our Mother Tucker® postpartum leggings, whereas the C-section recovery shorts are more of an all-in-one option. We like wearing them as regular biker shorts with a comfy oversized tee or sweatshirt.

What are the best c-section recovery shorts?

The Belly Bandit C-Section Recovery Shorts, of course! Not only do they support your core and pelvic floor muscles, but they’re also made from a soft, breathable knit fabric with a panel of silver-infused fibers to help minimize odor and prevent bacteria. And we can’t forget all of the extra features we’ve added for maximum comfort—like the “gotta-go” gusset for easy bathroom use, Stayput™ technology to prevent rolling, and thigh chafing protection. These shorts have everything you could possibly need!

Do you sell plus-size c-section recovery shorts?

We do not currently offer C-section recovery shorts in plus sizes.

How soon after c-section can you wear c-section recovery shorts?

As soon as you‘d like. Of course, we always recommend consulting your primary care physician first to make sure you’re aware of any specific concerns or recommendations they may have for your unique situation.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Anne G.
Return

I wrote a previous review that said the company did not respond to my request for an exchange. The company actually did send me an email but I didn’t see the email. We will see how the return goes.

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Rina
1st time C Section - Glad I bought it

Material is wonderful and stretchy. True to size as I expected it to be tight. Definitely feel support in all the right places. I would recommend.

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Kelsey B.
Vertical "ribs" need more reinforcement + gusset not really functional. Otherwise amazing!

Let me preface this review by saying that for the most part I LOVE these recovery shorts and I recommend Belly Bandit binders to EVERYONE I know who is pregnant.

TL;DR version of this review: I'd give these shorts 5 stars if it weren't for two big issues: (1) half of the "ribs" on the sides poked out of their reinforcement stitching within days of wear, and (2) the gusset is too small to be functional. I was between and XL and L and sized down, which worked for me.

Belly wrapping has dramatically increased my quality of life (and ability to function) after a C-section. I will 100% continue to use them for future PP periods in my life. If you are on the fence about whether or not to buy one, DO IT. You will not regret it. My belly binders are two of the best things I have bought in my entire life.

I got these shorts to replace my wonderful muslin belly wrap, which started shifting around/bunching up too much after 7 weeks of increasing activity after the C-section. (Plus, the muslin took several minutes to tie/knot -- ain't nobody got time for that with an increasingly active baby!) These shorts provide SO MUCH amazing support and compression. I wear them all day, every day. I am noticeably more sore by the end of the day when I don't wear them, even at 10 weeks PP.

I have not experienced the problem of the legs rolling up like other reviewers have indicated. I roll the top down myself on purpose (read why below) so I can't speak to this complaint.

Problems: choosing a size felt a bit like a bit of a crapshoot. I am 5' 7", and have been 170lbs since 7 weeks PP. I am an XL in waist but a L in hips. Went with a L and it fits fine.

Main problem: see the attached photos. Basically, this product has 4 vertical support "ribs" (two in the front, two in the back) made out of some sort of flexy metal coated in a white plasticky material. They are reinforced on the sides and top/bottom with some stitching. After ONE DAY of wear, one of the ribs had poked through the reinforcement stitches on the top. By the end of one week a second rib had also poked through the top. Throughout the day they wriggle up and poke me in the back/ribs, which is irritating and uncomfortable. (So far the other two ribs have held after three weeks of daily wear.) Maybe I have a short torso?

My solution has been to fold the top of the shorts down and tuck them inside so that when the ribs ride up they don't poke me. It usually works, but is really annoying when it doesn't and I have to adjust halfway through the day. If there were just a TINY bit of extra reinforcement stitching or material this wouldn't be an issue. I have considered getting some tiny iron-on patches to fix the problem, but I'm worried about whether this would irritate my skin (I am allergic to some glues) and/or destroy the fabric of the shorts.

I will also reiterate what some reviewers have said about the gusset being kind of useless (especially if you are still wearing underwear/pads to catch PP bleeding). After three weeks I still haven't been able to make the gusset work for a bathroom break. The front hook-and-eye closures take time to undo, and I have had small accidents once or twice when I REALLY had to go! :S

So if you are still wearing maxi pads or Depends (or prefer to wear underwear beneath the compression shorts) I would go with the other Belly Bandit C-section recovery product, which has a hook-and-eye gusset. You'll be less likely to pee your pants with that option. That being said, some users have indicated that the compression shorts have better support in the incision area. (That's why I went with these.)

Overall I love these shorts. I would give them five stars if it weren't for the big issues of (1) the "ribs" poking through after so little use and (2) the gusset being much too small/tight to be useful. For my next PP recovery (which will almost certainly be a C-section) I am planning on buying the other BB C-section binder to see how that works out.

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Tiffani V.
Best investment for C-Section Support

So! I literally just ordered my c-section support shorts and my baby is 4 months ( I know a little late lol) but I can tell the difference from 1 wear!! I love they don’t roll, compress my tummy and also give great back support!! It’s amazing quality! I got the black in a size medium, I am 5”4 and currently 179lbs I was 203 at delivery! Mamas be easy on yourself ! But this is def worth the money!

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Katherine B.
4th time c-section mama

I was honestly very impressed by the belly bandit product's strength and ability to hold in post pardom weight and fluid. I unfortunately had to return the recovery shorts due to them rolling up on my thighs. I couldn't keep them comfortable under even the loosest of pants and had to keep pulling them down, which in turn pulled the top portion down, making it not wearable. I struggled with the sizing as I am short-torsoed and needed the medium for my core, however the shorts may have needed to be slightly larger. This is a great product design and I could definitely feel the benefits for my core and even my back, just after giving birth...which for any breastfeeding mama of 4 young children could tell you is crucial. Thank you for the quick and stress-free return process, it is very much appreciated.

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C-Section Recovery Shorts