Purple Laurel – Guest Post

I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to get on the blog yesterday, but that’s okay I was enjoying a wonderful day with my family and I hope you were able to do the same. A Thanksgiving filled with lots of love is what this season is all about.


I’m am so excited to welcome, Stephanie Miles, owner of Purple Laurel to the blog today. Purple Laurel is the place to go for any moms or moms-to-be may essentials. They have everything from postpartum wraps to nursing bras to shapewear. As many of you know I am a huge advocate of postpartum belly wraps, I wore one after each of my pregnancies and I truly believe it’s one of the things that helped me get my body back. Yes, diet and exercise are still the most important, but I truly believe this was another key component. Not only does it help you feel better immediately as it holds in your tummy and protects your backs, but there are so many more benefits to postpartum belly wrapping. Stephanie is so kind to share them with all of us today.

I wore a postpartum belly wrap for at least 12 hours a day everyday for about 6 weeks.

This picture is 4 weeks after having McKayla and McKenzie.

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5 Surprising Facts About Postpartum Belly Wraps


By Stephanie Miles, owner of Purple Laurel

Recovering from childbirth is hard work, both physically and emotionally. Despite what celebrity magazines might have you think, there is no “secret” to bouncing back after pregnancy. However, there are things that we can all do to start feeling better about ourselves that go beyond eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Postpartum belly wraps are not a miracle cure, and as Renee has detailed in some fantastic posts on the topic, they won’t give anyone six-pack abs overnight. But, I’ve seen many women experience significant physical benefits from wearing their wraps regularly for the first six to eight weeks after giving birth.

Despite how common abdominal wrapping and binding has become after pregnancy, there are still some major misconceptions about the practice—chief among them, that you’ll lose weight instantly from wearing a belly wrap. Here are five of the most surprising facts I’ve learned about postpartum belly wrapping from physicians, researchers, and our customers at Purple Laurel who told me about their experiences.

  1. The concept isn’t new. New mothers have been wearing compression garments, like binders, wraps, corsets, and girdles, to pull in their bellies after childbirth for centuries, but the practice didn’t seem to catch on in mainstream American culture until celebrities like Jessica Alba started talking about their own experiences. Ancient belly binding often involved a doula, who would wrap the postpartum woman with strips of special cloth during an all-day ceremony. Thankfully, high-tech fabrics and elastics have made belly wrapping a much easier process for women these days.
  2. All wraps are not created equal. Medical-grade compression wraps provide very different results than the DIY wraps some women make with Saran wrap, or garments that are designed with cheap materials and manufactured overseas. The best abdominal wraps work through tight compression in the same way that compression garments aid in recovery after tough workouts or long runs. In an interview, New York OB/GYN Dr. Iffath Hoskins explained that medical-grade abdominal wraps can help “lax abdominal muscles return to their previous shape by pulling the muscles and skin closer together, which could help get those jeans buttoned a little sooner.”AbdominalMuscles.SKF
  3. Change doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve heard from midwives who said more and more patients are bringing up the topic of belly binding, with the expectation that high-quality wraps will improve their abdominal muscle tone virtually overnight. Unfortunately, miracle cures are rarely a reality. For the greatest chance of real change, physicians recommend that healthy women wear wraps as soon as possible after delivery. During this time, external binders will support the abdominal muscles while they’re healing. That knitting together of the abdominal muscles is what makes it look like weight loss has occurred, and it’s the magic behind many of the before-and-after pictures you’ve probably seen posted on social media.
  4. More isn’t always better. As a general rule of thumb, most healthy women can begin wearing their wraps immediately after birth. But there isn’t necessarily a correlation between the number of hours a day a woman wears her wrap, or the number of weeks she wears it, and the amount her waist and hips will shrink. Although celebrities have claimed to wear their wraps 24/7, most physicians recommend wearing them only during the waking hours or when you’re feeling the most active. Periodically adjusting the tightness is important, as well. The postpartum belly wraps we sell at Purple Laurel can easily be adjusted for tightness. Physicians recommend that women not wear wraps so tightly that they can’t breathe deeply while they’re on.PostpartumBellyWrap
  5. Psychology and physiology go hand-in-hand. Postpartum belly wrapping provides just as many psychological benefits as it does physiological. That’s one of the reasons why even the most skeptical physicians still recommend that patients who are curious give belly wrapping a try. Psychological benefits can lead to physiological benefits, as well, because women who feel more self-confident will usually return exercise sooner. With the belly supported, and post-pregnancy backaches minimized, it’s easier for new mothers to return to regular activity after birth. Even basic tasks, like bending down to pick your baby up off the changing table, are easier when you’re wearing a support and compression garment.

My Picks

We sell dozens of medical-grade compression wraps and girdles at Purple Laurel. A few of our most popular styles include:

Best for Ab Tightening: Compression Wrap

Best for Back and Hip Support: Postpartum Girdle with Wrap

Best for C-Section Recovery: Wide 4B Support Belt



A Purple Laurel Give Away is Coming SOON….



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MIMM # 130 – Christmas Tree Adventure

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Hello, Hello

I can’t believe this is the last week of November and Thanksgiving is in a few days. Really?! Where did this year go? I must day this really is one of my favorite times of the year. Besides the freezing cold temperatures I love it.

Saturday, we woke up to see our first snow fall of the season and our girls were so excited. I am not a huge cold weather fan, but I must say the snow is lovely and seeing our girls’ excitement makes me love it so much more. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was to watch Sophia and Isabella play outside.

Isabella loved everything there is to love about being outside perusing the tree farm. She just loves life, she is so carefree and genuinely happy pretty much ALL the time. Sophia was little miss serious; she was busy picking out the perfect tree. McKayla and McKenzie were simply loving their Auntie Ade. Life couldn’t have been better; happy kids, happy life. :)

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Once we cut down our perfect tree we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast out; seriously this was our best meal at a restaurant since McKayla and McKenzie were born. Ahhhh!!Have I told you lately life is truly coming together?! I think it’s time for another baby. Ha!! Just kidding; kind of. :)

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{Today, I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday}

In the Comments Below:

  1. Do you have a real or a fake tree? If real do you cut it down or choose a pre-cut one?


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Weekly Workouts # 7

Happy Friday everyone. We are so excited for the weekend over here. Our weekend is going to be filled with finding a Christmas tree, football watching, decorating, and lots of family time.

Today, I thought I would get back to sharing my weekly workouts with all of you. I’m not sure why, but somehow I got away from these post, I’m sorry.

I am still loving my Blogilates workouts along with at least one bodyrock HIIT routine each day. Trust me, HIIT workouts become addicting. Whenever I do these workouts or any workouts for that matter I add in a weight to give myself the extra challenge. For example, I will begin a squat routine holding two 10 pound weights, then I may drop down to 5 pounds and so forth, but I continue to push myself throughout each and every workout. Whenever I do chest pulses (these are in a lot of Cassey’s upper body workouts) I hold a 5 pound weight until I can’t possibly pulse it anymore, then I will start reducing the weight down to nothing sometimes.

Leg day may just be my favorite day, but I must say I love when my arms, chest, back, and abs are sore too. I just love feeling as though I really killed it.

Fun Fridays are the best.

I let these two loose in Target and they loved it; actually so did Mama (I love letting them explore the real world. I’m also a huge believer in teaching my girls how to act in public and the best way to do that is to let them explore.). My girls always impress me. I pride myself on teaching my girls right from wrong. Not once did McKayla or McKenzie try to run away. Awe, I love spending a couple of days a week with just my babies, but we sure did miss Sophia and Isabella.

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In the Comments Below:

  1. Tell me what your workouts are like these days. How do you keep them interesting?
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Thinking Out Loud # 78

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  1. Tuesday was hat day at Isabella’s school; everyone had to get in on it. I suggested Isabella’s Tinkerbell hat (that actually fits her), but she insisted on wearing her hat from Papa (my girls just love their Papa) and I must admit she looked adorable.think - isabella hat day think - isabella hat day too big think - mckenzie hat day think - mckayla hat
  2. They love their Mimi too.think - mimi girls
  3. Lately, I’ve been killing it in the workout department and loving it; muscle soreness is the best. I love that my workouts are never boring; they have the perfect mix of Pilates, weights, and HIIT. I have been combining Pop Pilates videos with Bodyrock ones; this combo is AMAZING. Oh and we can’t forget my little workout buddies; they are too cute. McKayla and McKenzie are not always easy to workout with (Sometimes I have to pause the video a million times “pause video Mommy”.), but they oh so adorable and definitely keep my workouts interesting.think - weights mckenzie mckayla think - weights mckenzie mckayla 2 think - weights mckenzie mckayla 3 think - weights mckenzie mckayla 5
  4. Yesterday, was World Prematurity Awareness Day and boy did it bring back memories. Actually, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about the moment we had to leave the hospital without our babies. I can’t even begin to tell you how awful I felt that day. Never in a million years did I think we would have a baby or two, for that matter, in the NICU. Never did I think we would leave the hospital without our sweet babies. But, God has given us four healthy, beautiful girls and we couldn’t ask for anything more.think - world prematurity day college
  5. In case you missed it I posted my new Nut Free Paleo Granola Recipe and it is amazing. But, beware it is addicting; McKayla and I can’t get enough of it.
  6. This weekend we are cutting down our Christmas tree and we can’t wait!! I am so excited to finally put up all our decorating; my girls are going to have so much fun and when they are happy I am and happy. See the smiles on the faces is all I need. This really is one of the most wonderful times of the year.

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{I’m linking up with Amanda – Thursday’s are for Thinking Out Loud}

In the Comments Below:

  1. I’d love to hear what is on your mind.
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