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#1 leigh14

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:51 AM

Hi, I was wondering if any of you used belly wraps after pregnancy. Essentially, these are compression type of wraps that purport to help your belly return to its regular state faster and reduce stretch marks.

I have looked at two online:

The Tauts Wrap by Brooke Burke
The Belly Bandit

I've read that the Organic Belly Bandit can be used after a C-Section as well. I don't know yet whether I will need one but the possibility has been raised.

Any thoughts on these? Recommendations?

Thanks!

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Me: 40
Dx: DH: Vasectomy; need IVF/ICSI ME: D.O.R. and many immunological issues. (Initially presented as "normal" but issues were only discovered after IVF attempt #2 and #3 after testing at new clinic)
IVF attempt #1 Nov.2009, Age 37: Long "Lupron" protocol
Dec.2009: Cycle cancelled due to oversuppression
IVF attempt #2, Age 38: April 2010: 3 eggs retrieved, 2 mature, 2 fertilized, ET of 2 embryos BFN
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Further testing reveals three mutations related to inherited thrombophilia (2 MTHFR mutations and PA1-1 mutation), positive ANA, elevated NK cells and cytokines and low levels of leukocyte antibodies (LADS), Recommended Immunological treatment: Humira, LIT, IVig and blood thinners if PG
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BFP! Beta of 569
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Second u/s at 7w 2 d shows ONE baby with hb of 150, measuring 7 w 3 days. No sign of twin. Vanishing twin syndrome?
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12 week u/s at 12 w 2 days and baby is measuring 12 w 5 days with a heart beat of 150. Baby mooned us and waved at us with one hand....looked like a "royal" wave to me!
13 week doctor's appointment, HB=155 on doppler
14 week u/s to check cervix, HB=148
16 week u/s to check cervix, HB=138, baby had hiccups!
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IPS results very good!
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#2 LBO

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:46 PM

I have the Belly Bandit and I only used it a handful of times. I didn't have a c-section but I had a really difficult and painful time with breast feeding so I couldn't bare to wear something so uncomfortable. I've heard other people have had success with losing inches but it wasn't my thing.

#3 Luckypenny

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:13 PM

I had something called "Shrinks" for my hips, but I didn't find it effective - it just seemed to slip out of place. Can't recommend it.

I had seen Brooke Burk on The Doctors talking about Tauts and googled it, but ended up just getting a good pair of spanx. I think that's what I would recommend. I didn't start wearing them until Emily was 3 or 4 weeks old, but I found them comfortable. They are a body shaper so same idea (the idea being that there is relaxin in your system for something like 6 to 8 weeks after the baby is born, so a body shaper can help to flatten your tummy and regain your former shape. Not sure how effective it was). Sometimes you can get spanx at Winners. I went to a hosery store in a mall and got mine. They are a higher-end pair, but really comfy. They have a higher waist, so they don't roll-down when you sit.
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Dx: Unexplained
Started ttc September 2006
November 2007 - Initial consult at LifeQuest
January 2008 - Diagnostic testing.
February 2008 - Test results - No problems with DH. Dr. suspected I had a PCOS variant and that I probably wasn't ovulating. Suggested superovulation (injectibles) with or without IUI
Decided to forgo treatment for the time being and focus on improving my health.
March 2008 - October 2009 - LOTS of alternative therapy. You name it, I tried it!
February 2009 - confirmed via cycle monitoring I was now ovulating and my ovaries both look fine. Officially unexplained IF. Hmmm, now what?
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Started BCP on March 31, 2010.
First IVF (first anything!) cycle after.
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ER date - May 5th.
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