It’s no secret that pregnant women have a lot to contend with while growing their babies and preparing for birth. Often you still have to go about your daily life right up until the baby is born. Working while pregnant also comes with its fair share of challenges.
That’s why it's important that as a pregnant woman, you get all the support you can. Relieving pain and feeling comfortable while pregnant is a top priority for most women. Many pregnant women swear by belly bands as their number one pregnancy accessory.
In this article, we’ll explain why so many women love belly bands and why you should consider wearing one too.
At a glance: Benefits of belly bands
Wearing a belly band throughout your pregnancy and beyond comes with a wide range of benefits. Those benefits include;
- Relief for lower back pain
- Added support for your belly
- Helps to maintain good posture
- Increased comfort
- Faster healing in postpartum
- Plus loads more!
Why you should wear a belly band while pregnant
Still not convinced? Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of wearing a belly band while pregnant and on your postpartum journey. This will give you a better understanding of why so many women love wearing belly bands while pregnant.
Extra support for you belly, pain relief for your lower back
As your belly grows larger throughout your second and third trimesters, many women start experiencing all the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy. This is where belly bands can become a total lifesaver.
Pregnancy belly bands feel like a second set of hands, helping to support your belly and shift your baby's weight into a more central position. The mild compression provided by belly bands also helps to relieve the pressure on your lower back, helping to ease lower back pain.
A belly band provides gentle compression
It’s no secret that exercising while pregnant is super important to help your body adapt to all the physical changes that occur while pregnant. But exercising while pregnant can be uncomfortable. By wearing a belly band, you’ll be able to exercise more comfortably. This is because the belly band provides gentle compression making certain exercises and movements easier to perform.
A belly band helps to maintain good posture
As your baby bump starts to grow your center of gravity will change, meaning you may find yourself naturally leaning forward to compensate for the extra weight around your abdomen.
This puts added strain on your lower back muscles which contributes to that pesky lower back pain. By wearing a belly band around your hips while pregnant, your baby will be better supported and the weight will become more evenly distributed. This helps you stand up a bit straighter so you can maintain good posture and avoid the uncomfortable ‘leaned back’ position.
Belly bands provide comfort in the later stages of pregnancy
As you get closer to your due date, simple activities like household chores become increasingly difficult to perform. You may find yourself having to sit down a lot more than usual.
But by wearing a belly band for a few hours each day, you may find that it’s more comfortable to do regular daily activities. This can help to reduce disruption to your daily life before bub is born (there’ll be plenty of daily disruptions when bub is earth side!).
Belly bands provide support postpartum too
It can take weeks, even months for your body to return to its regular shape. That’s why many women wear belly bands for extra support during postpartum recovery and to aid the healing process. Wearing your belly band regularly after giving birth can assist your muscles as they shift back into their regular positions.
A belly band is also great for c-section recovery. It can help protect the wound as it heals and minimise the risk of infection. That being said, it’s always best to check with your primary care provider before using a belly band to assist with c-section recovery.
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As Australia’s leading manufacturer of maternity care products, we are proud to offer women our Original 3 in 1 belly bands to confidently take care of their bodies during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Our belly bands are loved by thousands of women worldwide. They’re TGA approved and medical rebates are available with some health funds.
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