A beautiful baby belly is the ultimate pregnancy accessory, but it can also be a pain in the neck – and back, and pelvis and hips.
A great support garment helps ease the pressure on key areas of a mum-to-be’s body. There are belly belts that hold onto your bump like a strong pair of hands, leggings for compression comfort and stretchy bands that double as wardrobe extenders.
What to look for when buying a belly band
Here are some of the key things to consider when buying a belly band:
Cost: Belly bands come in all shapes, sizes and costs. What may seem like an expense at the start of your pregnancy could be a worthwhile investment for the third and even second trimester.
Comfort: Comfort here is key. Look for a belly band or support belt made from soft materials that won’t irritate the skin. They are designed to support growing bumps and shouldn’t feel too restrictive.
Target areas: Are you looking for a belly band to help improve posture? Or to reduce certain aches and pains? Do you want gentle compression or something to simply smooth over that bump to help clothes fit better? These are all important questions to ask before purchasing.
Easy to clean: Whether it be for exercise or everyday wear, belly bands and maternity support belts see a lot of use during a mum’s pregnancy. Look for a belly band that is machine washable to save having to hand wash every couple of days.
6 belly bands for growing bumps
To help you find the best support for your growing bump, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, they are:
Designed to lift the weight of growing baby bellies, the maternity support belt from Mamaway relieves pressure on your back, pelvis and spine. The clever scoop-shaped panel at the front grips to the tummy, preventing it from slipping or rolling down during the day. Available in nude and grey.
2. Pregnancy Pillow Co
As the baby grows, so does the pressure on mumma’s hips, back and pelvis. Cleverly concealed underneath your clothing, this belly band eases that discomfort, giving compression and relief without the unwanted bulk. It’s lightweight, breathable and adjustable – perfect for those pregnancy and postpartum pains.
3. Belly Band
Australian made, the unique design of the Belly Band 3-in-1 Pregnancy and C-Section Band grows and shrinks with your changing body; from a pregnancy support belt to a postpartum wrap and c-section surgical binder. And they custom make for plus-sizes.
Designed for every stage of pregnancy, the Blanqi belly band offers seamless maternity support so no lines show through your clothing. The x-shaped back and knit-in support aim to distribute baby’s weight evenly, reducing stress on that blossoming body. Available in white, black and nude.
This maternity support belt helps keep posture upright to ease the strain on your back. There’s a compression back panel to give orthopaedic support, while the abdominal panel gives lift without unnecessary pressure.
6. SRC Health
A great alternative to a conventional belly band, these triple-layer compression shorts are specifically designed to support mum’s pelvis while carrying. Created in consultation with an obstetrician, they’re designed to treat everything from girdle pain to varicose veins.
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Read next …
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- 16 maternity activewear brands for every budget
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