Bengkung Belly-Binding

Bengkung is a Malay traditional art of postpartum belly-binding. It is a process where the belly is tightly bound by a long piece of cloth in a criss-cross manner.

Birth parents are encouraged to use the bengkung 4-7 days following a natural birth, or 4-6 weeks  after a cesarean delivery (when the incision has healed, and of course, with your health provider's approval). 

Benefits of wearing the bengkung includes: 

  • reducing postpartum contraction pain in the uterus

  • reducing the duration of postpartum bleeding, promotes expulsion of lochia (postpartum vaginal discharge) and pregnancy tissues

  • 'lifting' the womb to prevent it from resting on the bladder, and to therefore reduce incontinence

  • promotes healing of postpartum diastasis recti

  • supporting the abs and promotes an upright posture, especially when nursing

  • reducing postpartum lower back pain

  • tucks the abdominal organs into place, reducing 'jelly belly' and postpartum boosting self-confidence

The underlying practicality of wearing the bengkung is the fact that it is highly customizable. You are able to tighten and loosen it on any part of your body wherever you feel comfortable, working gently through your healing. More importantly, the bengkung is comfortable when worn for long periods of time, allowing you to go about in your daily activities. I encourage my clients to  wear the bengkung for 8-12 hours daily, at least during the first 40 postpartum days.

Beyond the first 40 days of postpartum, or even months after delivery, birth parents can still benefit from the healing support of wearing the bengkung. It is never too late to start! If you're curious and have more questions about bengkung belly-binding, drop me an email! :)

Warming Herbal Paste

The bengkung can be worn with or without the warming herbal  paste. Here are some suggested spices and their healing properties that are often used to make the paste:

  • Cinnamon: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar levels, antibacterial, anti-fungal

  • Cardamom: Anti-depressant, treats urinary disorders, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, detoxification, improves blood circulation, remedy for nausea/vomiting

  • Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, reduces muscle pain and soreness, lowers blood sugars, reduces menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol, anti-carcinogenic, improves brain function, fights infections

  • Nutmeg: Pain relief, helps indigestion, detox the body, improve blood circulation, improves skin health

  • Turmeric: A super spice, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, increases brain function, anti-carcinogenic, anti-depressant, anti-aging 

The paste is then applied to the abdomen prior to bengkung belly-binding, to help improve blood-circulation and promote postpartum healing. Information on making the herbal paste will be shared with clients upon engaging the bengkung belly-binding services!

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