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Support Your Stomach Muscles In Pregnancy and Postpartum – The Power of a Belly Band

Growing a tiny human is no small task and as your baby grows it’s likely that you might be feeling the squeeze or, should we say, stretch too. Supporting your growing bump during pregnancy and after giving birth is really important to help alleviate aches and pains but also ensure that you can remain active and comfortable too.

What is a belly band?

A belly band (or pregnancy support belt) is a support garment that can be worn around the waist to provide extra support to the abdominal muscles and back during pregnancy and after childbirth. It can help to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and provide compression to assist with healing and restoring the body’s shape.

When should I start using a belly band?

There’s no one answer to this question. It will really depend on your body, your pregnancy and how comfortable – or uncomfortable – you are feeling. For some, having extra support from the first trimester might be really helpful but, for others, the aches and pains might not really kick in until the second or third trimester.

If  your growing bump is making exercise, sleeping or everyday tasks more difficult, then you may want to invest sooner. An adjustable belly band that will provide support during pregnancy and throughout postpartum will definitely ensure you are getting value for money.

What are the benefits of wearing a belly band?

  1. A band is a great way to support abdominal muscles both during pregnancy and postpartum. This can help alleviate some of the heaviness when moving around.
  2. The abdominal muscles really are being stretched to the max during pregnancy and then they move back again after giving birth. A belly band is a great way to provide comfort and relief during each of these stages.
  3. The abdominal and back muscles work together. A belly band can help reduce lower back pain by supporting the abdominal muscles.
  4. Wearing a belly band regularly can help remind you to check on your posture and not round your back.
  5. Provide gentle compression to your growing bump when exercising.

What to consider before choosing a belly band

  • Material: Consider the material of the belly band (on the inside and out) as it should be comfortable and breathable.
  • Size: Choose the right size to ensure proper fit and support.
  • Adjustability: Look for a belly band that is adjustable to accommodate changes in body shape and size during pregnancy.
  • Support: Ensure the band provides adequate support for the abdominal and lower back muscles.
  • Comfort: Consider how comfortable the band feels when you wear it, especially during physical activity.
  • Price: Look for a quality belly band that fits within your budget.
  • Purpose: Determine what you need the belly band for, such as providing support during physical activity or helping alleviate discomfort during pregnancy.
  • Brand reputation: Choose a reputable brand with positive customer reviews.

Top tips for using a belly band after giving birth

Using a belly wrap after giving birth can be a great way to help support your abdominal muscles and aid in the healing process. Here are some tips for using a belly wrap postpartum:

  1. Start with a loose fit and gradually tighten the wrap as you feel more comfortable. It’s important not to over-tighten the wrap as it can cause discomfort or restrict your breathing.
  2. Wear the wrap for short periods of time at first, gradually increasing the length of wear as you feel more comfortable.
  3. Pair the use of the belly wrap with good posture and pelvic floor exercises recommended by your healthcare provider.
  4. Make sure to remove the wrap before engaging in any physical activity.
  5. Wash the wrap regularly and replace it when it becomes stretched out or worn.
  6. Speak to your midwife or GP if you have any concerns about using a band. Your healthcare provider will be able to advise you on when it is safe to start using one.

In addition to using a belly wrap, it is also important to take care of yourself during the postpartum period. This includes getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in gentle exercise.

References:
• https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/postnatal-depression/
• https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/postnatal-exercise-and-recovery/


Birthbabe does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The resources on our website are provided for informational purposes only. You should always consult with a healthcare professional regarding any medical diagnoses or treatment options.

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