Tag Archives: belly

Blanket Shawl

The Blanket Shawl is such a versatile product. We love it for a few reasons! Definitely not tight about the midsection. It also give us a little coverage when visitors come by! Pair it with leggings and oversized shirt, or throw it on with a pair of jeans! It can be worn multiple ways, and it’s not just for surgery recovery!

We have two color options: navy and gray.

Watch the video to see all the ways you can wear it!

 

Blanket Shawl available at Bluebird Sisters

 

Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)

What can I do about my swelly belly?

Question: What can I do about my swelly belly?

Swelly Belly

Note: If your tummy becomes hot, red, or painful, please call your doctor. This is NOT normal and NOT part of the normal post-op swelling. Report any unusual symptoms, or anything that you’re not comfortable to your doctor immediately. Keep your incisions dry and covered according to your doctor’s instructions. 

One of the challenging aspects of having abdominal surgery is post-op swelling of the abdomen. It can occur in any type of abdominal procedure: open abdominal, laparoscopic, robotic hysterectomy, tummy tuck, hernia repair and even c-section.

Trauma to your abdominal tissues, gasses used during surgery, and/or fluids collecting in the tissues cause your swollen tummy.

You may think keeping everything away from your tender belly is the answer, but..

Gentle compression is often the answer.

Compression after a laparoscopic or open abdominal surgery, myomectomy, appendectomy, hernias, csection, or tummy tuck is helpful to your recovery! Compression aides to reduce recovery time.

Binders support your tummy and back, allowing you to move with less pain and greater mobility. Additionally, abdominal binders provide incision support, help prevent tearing, and make it easier to get out of bed, move and walk.

And, yes, a binder is great for both horizontal and vertical incisions, as well as for minimally invasive surgery.

Products for gentle compression

Finally, the good news is that there are products made just for your belly.

Perfect Pocket Binder has a pocket for an ice pack (2 cold/heat packs come with this binder) for the early days of recovery, providing ice pack to your tender belly.

Abdominal binder is another specifically shaped binder for women with a simple velcro closure to adjust sizing. These are worn under clothing and they have darts to shape the product to minimize the binder from moving or rolling as you sit, stand and move around.

Post-op Panty (abdominal surgery) or the C-Panty (csection specific) provides gentle compression and support as you are preparing to get on with your life and is worn as underwear, under your regular clothing.

Hopefully, your swelly belly will go away soon enough and you can ease back into your activities with the help of the gentle compression. Always consult your personal doctor for specific health needs you experience.

Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)

Stay Loose

A big tip that we share is to wear loose fitting clothing post op.

Now is not the time to try to get into your skinny jeans. Wear clothes that are not binding across your belly for your best comfort. This is just temporary! You will get back into your favorite jeans, but give your body time to heal.

During your recovery, your belly is likely to be tender and swollen. We love this “Wear Around Shirt” made with 100% cotton and comes in several colors. They are customer favorites!

Stay comfy during your surgery recovery.

Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)