Due to the variations in size and shape of women’s bodies, we realize it may be tricky to size yourself for a Belly Bandit®. Correct sizing is essential for comfort and product effectiveness. Buying a Belly Bandit® that is too large will not wear well under clothing and may affect end results. There is no exact science that fits all women, but don’t fret, here are some tips we have found to be helpful…
How exactly do I size myself for the Belly Bandit®?
If you are purchasing a Belly Bandit early on in your pregnancy, your best bet is to go up 1 to 2 band sizes from your pre-pregnancy belly size. In the eighth month many women will be the same size as they will be post-delivery. Simply measure the part of your tummy that is the biggest all the way around your abdomen, which is usually at the belly button. Choose the corresponding band for your size. Just prior to delivery simply subtract 3 to 5 inches from your belly measurement. Select the corresponding band for that size. If you purchase your Belly Bandit after you give birth, simply choose the corresponding band for belly size. The Belly Bandit is designed with five inches of adjustability to stay tight as you shrink.
Starting at your belly button measure all the way around to find the correct measurement. To get the best and tightest fit we suggest you lay the Belly Bandit® flat on your bed, lay on top of it and wrap from there! Much like you would get into a tight pair of jeans (you all know what we mean ladies!)
Is there a correct place to adhere the Velcro closure? We prefer a side closure, because we find it’s the most inconspicuous and you get the best grip for a tight closure. The initial post-partum belly shape is very different than the pregnant belly shape you know so well. The closure off to the side helps flatten and smooth out this belly look. But if you prefer go for the center closure, whatever you feel works for you! If you are having trouble closing your Belly Bandit®, put it on while laying down for an even tighter closure (again just like you would a tight pair of jeans as referred to above). The best fit is when the Velcro is barely touching.
I am having twins, do I measure differently? Everybody’s body is different and there are many factors that will help determine your size post pregnancy, such as if you are going to breast feed or not, levels of physical activity, whether you are having a vaginal birth or a C-section (if a C-section then you may need a larger size right away due to possible swelling). All of our testing and our doctors tell us that in a woman’s eighth month, which we gauge as 31-35 weeks is the best time to measure to get the proper size for after delivery. If you wait to measure until your ninth month (36-40 weeks) you would want to subtract 3-5 inches based on how much you think you’ve grown in the last couple weeks to get the most appropriate size. Our measurement technique is not an exact science as we are trying to predict the future.
My Belly Bandit® feels too tight! What can I do? Please watch our sizing video (here: http://bellybandit.com/sizing.html) to verify you sized yourself correctly! It is a compression wrap so it should fit extremely snug in order to do the job, however we don’t want it to be so uncomfortable that it cannot be worn without ease. PS – you’d rather it too tight than too loose! If the band is approximately 1-2″ shy of closing do not exchange it, it will fit within a day or so. First lay flat on your bed with the Belly Bandit® underneath you and try adhering that way. The optimal fit is just barely touching end to end!
It is uncomfortable to sit in my Belly Bandit®? You may want to try pulling it further down a little lower over your hips when you sit down. Remember you can wear your pants over the Belly Bandit®.
I’m short waisted, will this fit me? Good things come in short … we mean small packages! If you’re short waisted, consider wearing the Belly Bandit® lower on your hips. Personal preference among women varies on how the Belly Bandit® is worn but we highly suggest the BFF for you.
I’m a very large busty woman. Will the Mother Tucker™ work for me? What size should I order?
The Mother Tucker™ is a stretch, compression garment. While the strength of the compression is through the mid-section, the bust area on the scoop version is still densely knit and will only stretch so far. Also its designed proportionately. In other words, the size small assumes that a woman would fit in a size 2-6 in a top, the medium assumes an 8-10 in a top etc…. If you are a size 18 in the chest, you also need to be a size 18 through the mid-section.
Remember, too, if you are nursing, you shouldn’t add any undo pressure to your breasts. So, please wear a molded cup bra or make sure to purchase our nursing Mother tucker.