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Back Pain? Find relief with a maternity support belt!

During pregnancy your growing bump and increasing levels of relaxin, begin to cause your posture, centre of gravity and balance to shift. The added weight and change in stance results in some major discomfort in your hips, pelvic floor and lower back, especially if you spend many hours on your feet during the day. Many midwives and doctors can recommend wearing a support belt to:

1) Decrease round ligament, hip and back pain. 

By gently lifting the abdomen, maternity support belts relieve pressure from the low back area and on the pelvic floor. By providing compression and support to the lumbar region, pain can be reduced and pregnant life can be more comfortable.

2) Provide compression and support during activities.

Not only does gentle compression provide you extra stability and support, it also creates warmth to your lower back area and increased blood flow, thus encouraging your muscles to stay more flexible and provide some therapeutic healing.

3) Remind you to have good posture. 

Maternity support belts help stabilize a weakened hip area and encourage the wearer to practice proper posture and prevent over extension of the lower back.  

Shop our selection of Maternity Support belts here: 

Upsie Belly Pregnancy Support

This maternity support belt creates a strong support and stable fit, yet allows you to move around freely without any digging or discomfort. It's made from ultra-soft viscose from bamboo AND includes a hot/cold gel pack! Shop here. 

Mom-Ez Maternity Support Belt

This is a deluxe model maternity support belt that has a wide back panel and pulls on either side to provide fitted comfortable support and compression to the entire lower back and hip area. It also works to improve your posture to reduce stress on the lower back. AND it includes a prescription form so if you have medical insurance simply get your doctor to fill out the prescription form and you can claim for reimbursement from your medical insurance! Shop here.

Maternity Support Band

This super soft supportive band helps ease back discomfort and provides active moms with additional abdominal support. Please note this band is not designed to hold up clothing, it is meant to provide gentle compression and comfortable support for your back and belly. Shop here. 

 

Before you go!  

Healthline.com recommends the following tips for wearing support belts during pregnancy:  

  • Wear a belly band or support garment for no more than two to three hours at a time to prevent over dependency.
  • Exercises to strengthen the transverse abdominis (TA) should be done in combination with the use of a belly band to strengthen the core muscles both during and after pregnancy.
  • Always consult your doctor before using any compression garments. Women with compromised circulation or abnormal blood pressure may be advised against the use of a belly band.
  • Belly bands are for temporary use and are not a permanent fix. It’s important to address the underlying dysfunction. A referral to physical therapy is recommended to address ongoing pain both during and after pregnancy. 
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