Suffering from back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, and any other pain during pregnancy is the worst!
During pregnancy, we think mostly about what baby needs and sometimes forget ourselves. It is important to take care of yourself during pregnancy as well so that you don’t find yourself even more stressed and in pain.
If you are in a lot of pain your OBGYN or Midwife may recommend a support belt to help relieve some of your pain.
As your belly grows and your baby gets bigger you will find yourself getting more and more uncomfortable. Luckily there are products in this world that can help expecting mammas manage their pain.
I couldn’t imagine being pregnant in the olden days!
Like I usually tell my readers to make sure to read to the bottom of this post. You will find a guide that you can use to help you pick the right support belt, recommended support belts, the benefits of support belts and more!
If you are a new reader then WELCOME! I am excited to have you here! If you are a returning reader I am still excited to have you here!
That being said enjoy the rest of the post!
What are pregnancy support belts?
Pregnancy support belts are designed to help relieve lower back pain, groin pain, pelvic pain, and hip pain during pregnancy. As your tummy gets bigger it can put a lot of strain on your hips, pelvis, and spine (especially the lower part of your spine).
Support belts can help you manage pain.
It is common to think that support belts and belly bands are the same things. They are not! crazy right? keep reading to find out the difference between belly bands and support belts.
If you are wondering if support belts are worth it like if birthing classes are, the answer is YES!
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What are the benefits of wearing a support belt?
The purpose of a support belt is to help areas such as your lower back and abdomen. Expecting mothers usually wear them in their 2nd and 3rd trimester to help support their fast growing belly.
To help you have a better understanding of how helpful maternity support belts can be let’s go over some of their benefits, shall we!
1. They help decrease physical pain
It is important to get some sort of physical activity during your pregnancy but that is hard when you are constantly in pain.
Using a support belt helps to decrease your discomfort and aching body so that you can enjoy the activities that you participate in.
You can also wear support belts if you are on your feet a lot or even if you need extra support while grocery shopping.
My lower back pain always spiked while grocery shopping and it was getting to the point where I hated going to the grocery store because I would always be in so much pain! After I got my support belt it was a night and day difference!
2. They help to improve posture
Posture is usually the last thing you think about during your pregnancy. With the weight of your belly, it can cause major changes to your spine. You may notice that your spine curves more or your lower back flattens.
Both of these can cause major discomfort as your muscles and ligaments adjust. A support help can help adjust your posture to your changing body and alleviate some pain.
3. They can be used after the baby arrives!
This was probably the number one reason I got a support belt when I was pregnant. The truth is your body does not magically go back to how it was before you got pregnant after having your baby.
You may still look 5 to 6 months pregnant. Having a support belt can help to minimize your bleeding and assist your uterus return to its normal size, and they also give you a boost of confidence since they can smoothe everything out. Make sure to include your support belt in your postpartum recovery kit!
Are pregnancy belts and bands the same thing?
See I told you I would come back to this! The answer to this question is “they are not the same” some people do call support belts pregnancy bands but they are completely different.
Above I mentioned what support belts are so if you missed that go back to the top of the post.
Belly bands are essentially tube-like stretchy fabric that you can wear around your belly so that you can wear your normal pants. That way you are not having to spend a bunch of money on maternity clothes.
This is what belly band look like:
A support belt and belly bands are both good to have on hand since they both help an expecting mother’s growing body!
Your Guide To Picking The Best Pregnancy Support Belt
What should you look for when picking a support belt?
Your belt should be very comfortable to wear. If you are wearing it a lot you don’t want it to be uncomfortable. That is the reason you are buying a support belt to help ease your pain and bring you comfort. Having an uncomfortable support belt defeats the purpose.
The belt you pick should offer support, have features to help prevent it from slipping/sliding, features that keep the material from rolling up or down, and make sure to choose one that is the correct size or one that you can adjust the size.
Often support belts go through a lot of wear and tear so you want to get one that is made of a good quality material such as mesh or strong elastic. If the band has velcro check out the reviews to see how well the velcro withstood.
You want your belt to stand the test of time without it getting weak, flimsy and losing it. support.
Your belt should be able to adjust to your changing body during pregnancy and after. Since after having your baby you still will want to use your belt to help reduce any discomfort in your abdomen. Make sure the one you get will accommodate your pregnancy body and post pregnancy body.
One of the main reasons you are probably getting a belt is for support so you want to get a belt that will give you the support you are looking for. There are a lot of different belts out there and some are aimed towards the pelvis, the hips, and others may offer support to the lower back.
Some belts offer light support and other’s heavy duty if you are in a lot of pain. Make sure to check to see if the support belt you are purchasing is going to offer support where you need it.
Before buying a belt make sure to measure your belly size to make sure you are buying the size you need. You want your belt to be tight enough to give you support but not to tight where it can harm your baby.
Read the reviews to see if other customers have said if the sizes run big or small what way you will be able to gauge if you need to go up in size or down.
Since you will probably be wearing your belt a lot it will be needing to get washed. Check to see if the one you want can be washed in a washer or if it needs to be hand washed. If you are planning to wear your belt a lot I would recommend getting two that way you always have one on hand!
7. Easy Instructions
Surprisingly support belts can be really confusing on how to wear them. Each belt is designed to offer you support while keeping your baby safe. You want to make sure you are wearing your belt correctly.
If you are not wearing it correctly it may not offer the support you are looking for.
Read what other customers have said and checked in the description to make sure your belt comes with instructions and that they are clear and easy to understand.
Most good support belts range from $20-$60 dollars. Whatever your budget it find one that will match all the above criteria and that is in your budget. If you have extra cash consider investing in a more expensive durable belt then you can use it for more than one pregnancy!
Follow this guide when you are picking out your belt so that you can ensure you are getting the best one that will help relieve your aches and pains!
Below I have listed 7 of the most recommended support belts.
- Fully adjustable
- Designed for expecting mamas that suffer from lower back pain
- Also is meant to help you get relief from the hip, pelvis, and minimize spinal strain
- Total support in the groin, pelvic floor, and lower back
- Made from a very durable neoprene material that helps lift the abdomen and provided relieve and pressure from the pelvic floor.
- Ideal for C-section and hernia support
- Easy to wear
- Support expecting mamas with hip and pelvic pain
- Soft & breathable
- Supports week abdominal muscles
- Helps with poor posture
- Durable support
- Very comfortable
- Helps to relieve back, hip and pelvic pain
- Helps to correct poor posture
- Relieve hip and pelvic pain
- Supports back and belly
- Comfortable & breathable
- Doctor recommended
- Can reduce swelling in hands and legs
- Adjustable sizes
- Comfortable & flexible
- Designed to reduce stretch marks and as well as offer support
- Great for active moms
- Has a pocket to do cold or hot therapy
- Support proper posture
- Warming design that helps increase blood flow and loosen muscles and reduce pain
- Offers relieve for the hips, pelvis, and back pain
- Comfortable & breathable
- Supports weak abdominal muscles
- Helps to correct poor posture
There you have it! I loved my support belt when I was pregnant. I would wear it the days when my back pain was really bad and it really helped to relieve my back pain and offer by back support.
Keep This In Mind
Start wearing your support belt as soon as you are feeling any pain. The earlier you start it will help keep your pain from continuing. Most moms don’t get a belt until their third trimester but if you have pain in your second try out a belt!
It is advised to only wear support belts for a few hours a day. Wearing the belt too much can cause your muscles to depend on the belt for support, therefore, weakening your stomach muscles. Make sure you are getting regular exercises to keep your stomach muscle tight.
You can wear your support belt after birth. I suggest wearing it for 10-12 weeks after birth and then start doing abdominal exercises to build your stomach muscles, pelvic floor, and groin area back up again.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! Like I said before I am really happy I got a support belt when I was pregnant and I plan on using it again with my second pregnancy! I know how uncomfortable any type of pain during pregnancy can be. With a support belt, they can help relieve some of that pain!
If you have any questions let me know in the comments below!