Maternity Support Belt: When to Use It?

May 6, 2024

Are you wondering when to use a maternity support belt?

In this article, we will talk about how to support the belly in pregnancy, what the belly band is for, and how to put on the belly band.

We will also understand when to start wearing it, what it is used for after childbirth

How to support the belly in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes multiple transformations and the belly expands to accommodate the growing baby.

This can cause discomfort and pain in the back and lower abdominal pain.

One of the most effective solutions to support the pregnant belly is precisely the use of a Maternity Support Belt.

A recent review showed the effects of using maternity support garments (MSGs) as the only intervention to improve comfort for pregnant women, including evaluating the characteristics of the garments that affect their performance.

A systematic review, which followed the PRISMA guidelines, analyzed six studies and showed how the use of this type of support can relieve low back and pelvic pain, improve function and mobility, and reduce the risk of falls during pregnancy.

The Maternity Support Belt is an elastic garment designed to support the weight of the belly and distribute it over a larger area, thereby releasing some of the tension caused by weight gain and the change in organ position.

This reduces the pressure exerted on the spine and helps prevent or relieve lower back pain.

In addition, the Maternity Support Belt promotes correct posture, which is important for your physical well-being.

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What is the Maternity Support Belt used for?

As we mentioned, the belt is mainly used to support the weight of your belly in a balanced way, reducing the load on your back and helping to prevent or relieve lower back pain.

This garment also provides elastic support that helps maintain good posture, especially when changes in body shape are very important.

In addition to having a beneficial effect on the back, the tummy tuck serves to support the belly during daily activities, making the pregnant woman’s life more comfortable.

In addition, it can provide an extra level of support during exercise, provided there is a doctor’s green light and it is not a high-risk pregnancy.

What kind of Maternity Support Belt to use?

There are various types of support belts suitable for different needs and stages of pregnancy.

Support bellies are the most common and are designed to lighten the load on the back and pelvis, better distributing the baby’s weight.

Elastic bands are another popular type, offering flexible and easily adjustable support, ideal for daily use and often less invasive.

For those looking for more structured support, there are also slatted bellybands that offer extra support, especially in the advanced stages of pregnancy.

Finally, for the postnatal period, there are postnatal bellies, which help support and compress the abdomen while the body recovers.

How should a Support Belt be worn?

Wearing the Belly belt correctly is essential to maximize its benefits.

A support belt should be worn around the waist and should be tight enough to provide support, but not so tight that it causes discomfort or constricts circulation.

Wearing it is simple; you simply place it under your belly and wrap it around your waist.

Make sure it is positioned correctly and that it is comfortable, considering the stresses your tummy will have during the day.

Remember that the belt should provide soft support, so if you feel that it is pinching or restricting your mobility, it may be too tight.

What is the purpose of a Support Belt after childbirth?

The use of a Maternity Support Belt is not limited to the pregnancy period, however.

In the postpartum period, this garment can also be very useful.

In fact, after childbirth, the maternity support belt can help support the abdominal muscles as they strengthen and get back into shape.

In addition, the postpartum belly belt can help reduce bloating and provide comfortable support during breastfeeding.

It can be used also for aesthetic reasons such as cellulite and some hypertrophic scar.

Remember, however, that the use of any postpartum garment should always be approved by your doctor, whether it is a natural childbirth or a C-section.

When should you start wearing a pregnancy belly band?

There is no specific time to start wearing a pregnancy belly band.

Some women wear it as early as the first trimester, while others wait until the third trimester when the weight of the belly begins to become more apparent.

Of course, your choice of when to wear a belly belt and when to wear it should be based on your individual needs.

If you feel the need for extra support, or if you experience back pain, it may be time to consider using a maternity Support Belt.

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FAQ

  1. Why use a support belt in pregnancy?

    It helps support the weight of the belly, distributing the load more evenly to reduce lower back and pelvic pain, improve mobility and posture, and decrease the risk of falls.

  2. What kinds of Support Belts can I use?

    There are different types of support belts: supportive ones, elastic bands, slatted belly belt, and postnatal belly band.

  3. Is the support belt also useful after childbirth?

    Yes, in the postpartum period, a belly band can support abdominal muscles as they return to shape, reduce bloating, and provide comfort during breastfeeding.

SOURCES

Quintero Rodriguez C, Troynikov O. The Effect of Maternity Support Garments on Alleviation of Pains and Discomforts during Pregnancy: A Systematic Review. J Pregnancy. 2019 Aug 1;2019:2163790. doi: 10.1155/2019/2163790. PMID: 31467715; PMCID: PMC6699320.

About the Author

Severino Cirillo

Health, Wellness and Education Expert. With a degree in Community Health, he is the CEO of Informed Parent and is responsible for validating the blog's scientific information and coordinating the editorial team of experts, consisting of gynecologists, midwives, psychotherapists, and others in pregnancy, perinatal, and parenting wellness and health.