Pregnancy support belts are common today, and your doctor is likely to suggest you buy one as your bump continues to grow. So, what is a pregnancy belt, and why do you need one? Keep on reading to learn more!
What is a pregnancy support belt?
A pregnancy belt is simply a belt that wraps around your belly and back to offer gentle support and compression. It is usually made using a combination of fibers like spandex, cotton, lycra, and elastane. It is adjustable and expands as your bump grows.
Some support belts are secured using an adjustable Velcro band, which can be adjusted depending on your size and shape as it changes. Others can’t be closed and are a continuous support belts made from elasticized fabric. Bonus! Maternity belts with wider hems reduce the chances of the belt rolling over on itself.
What does a pregnancy support belt do?
Ease the pain
As your bump gets bigger and bigger, back and joint pain will be inevitable, and you may not be able to participate in your routine activities. A pregnancy belt supports your growing belly and lowers back pains making it possible to continue doing what you love as you go about your day.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
As you get closer to the delivery date, more relaxin will be released. Relaxin is the hormone that makes your hip joints looser and less stable. When this happens, you will feel a sharp pain in your lower back, just above your tailbone. Fortunately, a pregnancy belt helps stabilize the joint, relieving the pain.
Round ligament pain
Ligaments supporting your growing tummy will continue to shoulder more weight and pressure as your baby grows and that can lead to sharp pain in the front of your hips under the stomach. A support belt does an excellent job of distributing your belly’s weight across your back and abdomen, easing the pain and pressure on these ligaments.
They provide mild compression
Your growing bump needs to be compressed lightly when working out. A Good support belt offers the right compression. Keep in mind that too much compression may hinder proper blood circulation and pressure.
They give external cues for posture
When pregnant, you will find that your abdomen and back feel unsupported due to the excess weight of your baby belly. By putting on a support belt, your posture will be reinforced, so you no longer have to hunch under the weight of your bump. This is especially vital in the third trimester.
Allow you to do daily activities comfortably
It goes without saying that exercising during pregnancy is very crucial to both your health and that of the unborn baby. Due to the pain and discomfort that comes with pregnancy, you may find it challenging to maintain your routine. Putting on a support belt ease your discomfort levels, making it possible to continue with your normal activities.
Can be worn after birth for support
After delivery, your muscles and ligaments stretched during pregnancy need to heal—continuing to put on your support belt speed up the recovery period. In fact, women who have women put on pregnancy support belts after delivery have been reported to recover at a much faster rate than those who didn’t put them on.
Things to remember when putting on pregnancy support belts
- Never wear your support belt for more than three hours at a time. More than three hours, and you will create a dependency.
- Although wearing the support band provides you with ample compression, exercises to strengthen your muscles should also be done during and after your pregnancy.
- Always consult your doctor before using a support belt. If you suffer from abnormal blood pressure or bad circulation, a bump belt may intensify the situation.
- A pregnancy support band is only to be used temporarily and is not a permanent solution to any abdominal issues you may be having. If you have ongoing pain after your pregnancy, seek medical assistance.
The bottom line
Pregnancy support belts make your pregnancy more exciting as your tummy continues to grow. They come in handy in reducing lower back, pelvic and abdominal pain and especially in the second and third trimester when the baby is growing fast.