A beautiful round bump is the ultimate prenatal accessory, but it can also be a pain in the neck – and back, and pelvis and hips. Thankfully, a maternity belly band or belt can help ease some of the discomfort caused by fast-growing bellies during pregnancy.
A great support belt helps ease pressure and back pain felt during pregnancy. There are styles that cling to bump like a strong pair of hands and stretchy bands that double as wardrobe extenders. Whatever your shape and whatever your occasion, there’s a belly band available to suit your style seamlessly.
Take a look at our key points below to figure out what you should be looking for when buying a comfy, and supportive pregnancy belt.
What to look for when buying a belly band
Cost – What may seem like an expense at the start of your pregnancy could be a very worthwhile investment for the second and third trimester when bumps really start growing – and growing!
Comfort – In pregnancy, comfort is key – especially around your middle section. Look for a belly band or support belt made from soft materials that won’t irritate the skin or cause you to feel too hot. They are designed to support growing bumps and shouldn’t feel too restrictive.
Target areas – Are you looking for a garment to help improve posture, or to reduce body aches and pregnancy back pain? Do you want gentle compression or something to smooth over the bump to help clothes fit better? These are all important questions to ask before purchasing as different belts target different areas.
Easy to clean – Whether it’s for exercise or everyday wear, belly bands and maternity support belts see a lot of use during a mama’s pregnancy. Look for a belly band that is machine washable and quick-drying to save having to hand wash it every couple of days.
6 pregnancy belly bands for supported growth
To help find the best support for growing bumps, we’ve compiled this handy list to get you started in your search.
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Here are six supportive belly bands available to buy online in Australia.
Designed to lift the weight of growing baby bellies this easy-to-put-on support belt relieves back, spine, and pelvis pressure. While the clever scoop-shaped front panel grips the tummy, preventing it from slipping or rolling down during the day.
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.
Pregnancy Pillow Co
Cleverly concealed underneath clothing, this belly band provides compression relief to hips, back, and pelvis without unwanted bulk. It’s lightweight, breathable, and adjustable – perfect for those pregnancy and postpartum pains.
Australian made, the unique design of the Belly Band 3-in-1 Pregnancy and C-Section Band grows and shrinks with changing body sizes; from a pregnancy support belt to a postpartum wrap and c-section surgical binder. And they custom-make for plus-sizes.
Made with bamboo-derived viscose, the Upsie Belly provides back and belly support throughout each stage of pregnancy. It also relieves pressure on the bladder, improves postural stability and comes with a hot/cold therapy pack that fits neatly in the rear pocket.
Made from anti-bacterial and eco-friendly materials, the Bubba Bump Support Belt distributes baby bump’s weight across the back and abdomen, helping relieve pain and pressure on the round ligaments while correcting pregnancy posture.
What is a belly band?
A belly band is a stretchy belt-like garment that helps distribute the weight and pressure of a growing bump. A support band also helps to improve posture and relieve pregnancy-related aches and pain.
When do you start wearing a belly band?
Many mums-to-be start wearing a belt or band in the second trimester when bumps become noticeably heavier. However, some mums start wearing a pregnancy support belt earlier, especially for second pregnancies when bumps may show earlier.
Can I wear my belly band after pregnancy?
The good news is that many pregnancy belly belts are suitable for use as postnatal support garments. In fact, some brands are highly versatile and even help in the repair of muscle separation.
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