Throughout your pregnancy, your body is working overtime to accommodate your growing baby. As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll notice an increase in the aches and pains you’re feeling. This is because your muscles and joints are trying to compensate for the extra weight you’re suddenly carrying. To help ease those aches and pains, lots of pregnant women turn to a belly support band for help. Do you know how to wear a belly support band? It can be tricky if you are new to all of this. Or if you’re anything like me and baby brain led you to misplace the instructions, hopefully this article will help you.
How To Wear A Belly Support Band.
There are lots of different brands of belly support bands and maternity belts. Most, if not all of them come with a set of instructions. Generally, though, the instructions are similar to the following;
- Rest the abdominal support pad under your belly, just above your pubic area.
- Wrap the strap around your body and attach it to the other side, usually either by velcro or a hook and loop system.
- Next, position the belt around your back and attach it to the support pad.
- Position the tummy strap over the top of your belly and secure it to the support pad.
- Adjust the straps if necessary to ensure maximum comfort.
How Tight Should A Belly Support Band or Maternity Belt Be?
Maternity belts are supposed to be tight, but you should know yourself whether or not it’s too tight when it’s on. It needs to be tight enough to provide the support needed, but not uncomfortably tight. It might take a few tries before you find a fit that is comfortable for you. And don’t worry, a maternity belt that is comfortably tight won’t harm your baby.
Best Maternity Support Belts
Maternity Belt – NEOtech Care Brand – Pregnancy Support – Waist/Back / Abdomen Band, Belly Brace (Black, Size M) This maternity belt by NeoTech Care is probably one of the most popular maternity belts on the market today, and it’s no surprise why. It’s fully adjustable, breathable and helps with lower back, hip and pelvic pain by comfortably redistributing the extra weight. This is the maternity belt that I used myself during my second pregnancy when I suffered from back and hip pain, and I can’t tell you how much it helped ease it for me. It comes highly recommended by pregnant women the world over and is one of the most tested maternity belts available in today’s market.
It is quite unsightly though, and can be quite difficult to hide under clothes.
AZMED Maternity Belt, Breathable Abdominal Binder, Back Support, One Size, Beige The Azmed maternity belt is another popular choice. It helps ease back, pelvic and hip pain by providing gentle compression on the abdomen. It is lightweight and made from breathable material. The Azmed belt can be easily hidden under your clothes, so no one needs to know you’re wearing it.
This one seems to work better for mild discomfort rather than real pain though. Some women have reported little to no change in their back or hip pain while wearing this.
LucyVee Maternity Belt – Pregnancy Support for Back & Pelvic Pain Relief. Nude This maternity belt by LucyVee provides gentle support and can be worn comfortably while exercising. As with other maternity belts, it eases pain and discomfort by applying gentle compression. It is also soft enough to be comfortable against the skin. A big selling point with this one is that it also comes with bra extenders to make your bras more comfortable as your ribcage expands during your pregnancy.
As it is stretchy, though, it can be uncomfortable for ladies with larger bellies.
Maternity Belt Pregnancy Support Belt – Breathable Belly Band That Provides Hip, Pelvic, Lumbar and Lower Back Pain Relief, Bonus 2 Washable Nursing Pads by DivaDio The DivaDio maternity support belt is fully adjustable and made with non-toxic materials. It has a reinforced back band and soft, durable seams. It lifts your belly to reduce pressure, and provides relief of pelvic and lower back pain. As an added bonus, it comes with two washable nursing pads, as well as a tips and tricks guide to staying in shape while you’re pregnant. The DivaDio can be worn under your clothes discreetly. It can even be worn after your pregnancy to help get your post baby belly back.
It can ride up or down on some people, which can make it uncomfortable or awkward to wear at times.
What About After The Birth?
If you have been wearing a belly support band during your pregnancy, you might be thinking of what you can do to keep your belly and back supported after you’ve given birth. Lots of women opt for a belly bandit for after the delivery. Made from nylon and spandex, a Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Corset Shapewear belly bandit is an abdominal compression wrap specifically designed to help get you back to your post-baby body as soon as possible. It IS NOT safe to wear during pregnancy. You should start wearing a belly bandit the day after you give birth, and continue wearing it, day and night, for up to 8 weeks.
How To Wear A Belly Bandit?
The best way to put your belly bandit on is to lie it down flat on your bed or the floor, then simply lie on top of it and wrap. This will ensure you get the best possible fit for your body.
Don’t worry if you get creases in your belly bandit, it’s perfectly normal and allows for everyday movement of your body. If the belly bandit didn’t crease, your movements would be limited while it was on.