I recently saw on TikTok the video of a future mother who “magically” adds her pregnancy belly until she is flat, as if she did not have a baby inside. For a moment I thought this was just an occurrence, but investigating more about the subject, I realized that it is a strong trend since 2017, it started on Instagram and, although it seems something strange or a “magic” trick, its creators say it has benefits.
Belly Pump is a diaphragmatic breathing technique that almost makes a pregnant belly ‘disappear’. Its practice is very controversial, its defenders say that it helps protect the pelvic floor and reduce abdominal diastasis after childbirth, but those who are against say that there is no evidence to prove the positive effects (although it must also be said that there is no evidence that it is harmful).
Where does Belly Pump come from?
It was created by a fitness study specialized in pregnant women called The Bloom Method, who through their page explain:
“The Bloom Method is a prenatal and postnatal training system based on anecdotal evidence compiled by founder Brooke Cates through her years of working with thousands of women during pregnancy, early postpartum and well into motherhood. The method combines breathing practices, functional movements, strength training, Pilates-based movements, low-intensity HiiT, among others. Not only are women taught to “kegel” or “pull the navel into the spine”, but women are trained to create balance on the pelvic floor and core through low intensity interval training, gentle cardiovascular movements , change of daily patterns and specific movements of the pregnancy core + post pregnancy ”.
What are the advantages of the Belly Pump
According to its creator, Brook Cates, the boom method has many benefits. For example:
- Diaphragmatic breathing helps decrease incontinence during pregnancy.
- It helps to prevent sagging of the muscles in the abdomen area.
- It helps to reduce the risk of prolapse, that is, the descent of the secondary pelvic organs of women, due to the weakening of the muscles that support the pelvic floor.
- It is a tool that allows the body to be trained for the labor of delivery. The baby’s birth is faster and less painful.
- Helps women to recover faster.
There is a lot of controversy
Although the creators highlight the beneficial effect, on social networks, there are many critics. Some comments from those who are against indicate:
“If we want to minimize the additional intra-abdominal pressure, why do a belly expansion during inhalation, increasing the pressure in the abdominal cavity, as opposed to an inhalation of the chest cavity?”
“I can’t ‘suck’ my fat, but can I suck a baby?”
“What is worrying is the huge number of abnormals who follow any Internet fad without consulting specialists. We see this in this same example, in diets, in the famous Challenge, in the arguments in favor of marijuana, etc. They are individuals who use justifications that they see from anonymous on the Internet and who discard that of competent professionals ”.
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Is it really harmful?
Although doctors say that the technique should be better analyzed, in principle they say that contracting those muscles would not be harmful to the baby.
According to the obstetrician-gynecologist from UC CHRISTUS Health Network, Cristián González, “The strength of the abdominal muscles is not enough to crush the fetus. The fact of contracting the abdominal wall does not imply a greater risk, since under normal conditions, the fetus is surrounded by amniotic fluid that cannot be compressed ”.
What exercises are dangerous during pregnancy?
- Contact sports. Boxing, martial arts, judo … are sports that are prohibited because they put the baby’s health at risk when receiving a blow.
- Extreme sports. Paragliding, skiing, boating.
- Sports involving risk of falls: Pantinaje, polo, squash, tennis.
- High impact sports. The ideal is not to exceed 120 beats per minute.
- Competitive sports that involve stress.
Yes you have to exercise
What is a proven fact is that moderate exercise during pregnancy is very positive.
Minimize depression and anxiety.
Helps maintain a proper weight.
Increases the feeling of well-being.
It reduces typical discomforts of pregnancy.
Postpartum recovery is much faster.
Institutions such as the WHO (World Health Organization) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommend the practice of physical activity. But as long as there is no medical impediment.
For my part, I in no way recommend the practice of this method, I just want to inform you where some trends arise and what those who are for and against them say about them.