Mama Strut by PELV-ICE
Mama Strut is the only pelvic brace device that supports all sides of the pelvis and incorporates therapeutic heat and ice to manage discomfort. Mama Strut was specifically designed for moms by a mom and has been validated by medical professionals as well as many mommy users. Mama Strut knows that every delivery and every postpartum is different and that is why Mama Strut is adjustable to accommodate the unique needs of a new mom. Whether you end up with a natural birth, c-section, many stitches, prolapse or hemorrhoids, Mama Strut’s multi-directional and adjustable straps combined with the secure yet removable hot/cold gel packs will have you covered. Bring a Mama Strut in your hospital bag and have piece of mind that your aches and pains will have the best possible care and support available.
Retail Price: $129.99
I found the product a bit restrictive to wear for long immediately after my c-section, as the pressure became uncomfortable after a while. I was able to really wear it after 1 week and enjoyed the lower back support most of all. (I did not need to utilize the ice pack, due to the c-section). I did not find the use of the groin straps, much of a necessity, they did not add a huge benefit for me personally. I found this product most useful in its support and shaping. The firm support on the lower back and abdomen really helped create support and structure. It also provided some confidence and reassurance in figuring out a newly post-partum body (this was my first baby). The fit of the product was good – sizing was accurate. It was very easy to use and instructions and parts were clearly defined and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone looking for additional support and healing following the birth of their child.
When I first opened the Mama Strut I was a bit intimidated by all of the parts. However, once I read the instructions and really looked over the system contents I realized it really wasn’t that challenging at all. The gel packs were my favorite component of the system in the first few days. My postpartum swelling was very minimal, but I found that it really eased what discomfort I did have. The abdominal binding component of the system was not the most comfortable in those first few days since I was mostly laying around on the couch nursing my baby. However, after the first few days I found I did not really need the gel packs any longer, and the abdominal/lower back support was the best. I had heard that abdominal compression can really help your body bounce back postpartum, and now that I was laying down less, the binding was less cumbersome. The back support was especially helpful because I can find myself in very awkward positions while nursing or sitting with my kids, and the binding was a reminder to adjust my posture. My least favorite component of the system is the boy short design. I tend to live in yoga pants these days and the shorts were just not flattering in these pants. When I put my pants on the shorts would roll up, and even when they were completely rolled down it was obvious where the shorts stopped. For this reason I didn’t really go out of the house wearing the system. I think a design more like underwear would be more practical, at least for me.