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My OB specifically advised not using anything that would restrict airflow to the skin. The hospital gave me strips of fabric treated to wick away moisture and limit infection (brand name InterDry) to put over the incision area until there was no more weeping/fluid coming from the wound. For what it's worth, the outer skin was closed with steri-strips (instead of stitches, glue, or staples) which were removed at my checkup 10 days after surgery. The incision is inches below even my lowest underwear waistband, though I preferred wearing ones that stayed a little closer to my belly button while my insides were still very tender, but I never needed to buy anything different. My incision has healed very nicely - no raised skin, very slim scar - it's just darker right now (12 weeks after surgery) and will lighten gradually over time. I thought it would be much worse than it is.
One thing I did find really useful during recovery was the simple support band I got during pregnancy - I used it more after birth than during pregnancy. This is the one I had: [link] I could easily position it where it was most helpful and quickly get it on/off for bathroom trips - before I could comfortably get into non-maternity pants, I would wear it over the panel and then fold the excess panel fabric down over it. It helped keep the maternity pants from falling down as well as provided extra support.
I think all three therapies probably helped. I didn't trust chiropractors going in, but after each session I did feel more stable, so it did something. The massage was nice but probably the least directly helpful, but who knows. The physical therapy has helped with some other hip pain actually, but that one is slow going for the tailbone pain. No matter what I figure strengthening the pelvic floor is good in general. Oh, and it's important to find doctors that know how to deal with pregnant women. I had to ask around for those recommendations.
This is the one I have [link] but you tie it around your hips instead what's shown in the picture. It's not too expensive so I would just get it. And the coccyx cushion just makes it so that it's possible to sit. Without it I would start feeling pain within seconds of sitting. But I've noticed it's still not good to sit on it for long periods of time.
I used this one from amazon. It was inexpensive, and I found it to be a little difficult to line up and be comfortable, but I liked how I could stretch it to be tighter.
i got this one: [link]
the bigger my bump got the harder it got to sit with it on, so i'd wear it while walking and then take it off while sitting at work. the velcro tended to be a little scratchy if it overlapped on my skin, so when I could i'd wear it over my leggings or an undershirt.
it definitely helped, and i think eventually you reach a point where the ligaments are all finally at the right length and your muscles strengthen to hold everything in place while you're walking? i think this helped get my body to that place, i swear it was waaay more uncomfortable walking at 26 weeks than it is now at 39!
I also have the Bracco. It has made my Sciatica almost tolerable for the first few days of owning it so I'll give it a thumbs up! If you have sensitive skin like I do, you might want to wear it over a camisole or tank top. Otherwise it can get pretty irritating.
I got a cheap one on Amazon, works fine for me. Link below, I think someone on here recommended it.
When I go to the bathroom, I just pull it up. I also prefer wearing it with a dress vs. my full-panel maternity pants, though it works with the pants too.
Finally, I found that the belt really helps when I'm standing or walking, but actually hurts to wear while sitting. So during most of the day, when I'm primarily sitting, I don't wear it, so bathroom runs aren't an issue at all.
I had that towards the end of my first trimester, it stopped for a bit, and now it's flaring up again. I found that a pregnancy support belt (like this one) helped me quite a bit.
I actually also found it very useful for another reason - I just started wearing maternity pants, but they have a bad habit of getting loose and sagging. Strapping this belt on top helps them stay up!
This thing is actually fantastic
[Bracoo Breathable Abdominal Binder and Maternity Back Support, One Size, Pink [link]]
I got this one [link]
I have been decently happy with it so far, It is what I expected it to the be for $14. It isn't super amazing, but it relieves some pressure and gives me extra support. I will say it is kinda snug, I'm a US 16 and I'm not sure it will still fit when I am 30+ weeks but we will have to wait and see.