I've been having a lot of issues lately with pain and pressure and swelling and a general inability to move around like a normal person. I didn't really contribute it to being pregnant for a third time so soon, with distraught muscles from a second c-section. I didn't really contribute it to anything, in fact.
Grandma started to tell me about some miracle product she referred to as a pregnancy girdle. I thought, what? girdle? All I could think of was something constraining my body and making me hotter and more uncomfortable than I already am. I mean, that IS what a girdle is, yeah?
Take a look at this crazy contraption:
OK, OK, take three looks at it, because I know you are distracted by the fact she is holding both liquor and a cigarette. This is from the 1950s, a vastly different era. But does that crazy thing look even remotely comfortable? I would literally melt in something so bulky, and I never wear nylons so hell no to attaching the bottom to anything.
I was really uncertain about even considering looking at a pregnancy girdle until Grandma called me one evening and said she picked up one for me to try. Inside I was throwing a little fit, but I figured What the hell, I might as well see what all the hubbub was about.
I was very surprised when I found this:
Now that is faaaaaaar different from the one above. It looks more like a back support belt, and it's really easy to strap on. It did take me awhile to get it to fit the way I think it's supposed to fit, but I'm honestly quite pleased with it. I feel like I sit up straighter and my back hurts far less than it did before. My swelling has also gone down and I don't feel like my uterus is about to fall out my crotch. At first, though, I wasn't too sure I was getting any results because I had been doing OK, but once I went without it for an entire day I became a believer.
So yeah, if you plan on being a marathon baby-producer, this is a must-have product. No longer need we fear the word girdle in reference to pregnancy, because it's a good thing!
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