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Choosing the Best Maternity Support Belt

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As women experience pregnancy, they are often surprised how common it is to experience lower back, core, and pelvic pain as their bodies change to support their growing baby. However, pregnant moms don’t usually have the option of slowing down, but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer through their normal routine. By using a maternity support band you can remain active throughout the day. Maternity bands are designed to help you while you work, run errands, complete at home chores, workout, and more!

It’s important to know how to protect your back and joints without adding any extra strain, so learn how a maternity support brace can keep you feeling your best!

What is a Maternity Support Band?

A maternity support brace or belly band is a wrap around belt that is specifically designed to support specific areas of the pregnant belly to even distribute baby weight. They are medical devices made of soft, yet durable materials to provide comfort and pain relief.

Belly bands generally wrap around your waist and attach via velcro straps to fit a variety of shapes and sizes, and to continue fitting as your belly continues to grow. They’re also available in multiple sizes.

How Maternity Belts Assist With Back Pain

As your newborn grows and your belly expands, your back begins to support a lot of extra weight and your centers of gravity shifts forward, straining your ligaments. The excess weight can pull you forward, straining your posture and leading to increased pain.

Has the body prepares to give birth, the hormone relaxin is released throughout your pregnancy to loosen the joints, enabling them to stretch enough to deliver your baby. As a result, the sacroiliac (SI) joint and round ligaments in your lower back and hip may become loose and strained. This may cause discomfort and throw off off your balance.

However, by wearing a maternity brace, the pressure is removed from the lower back to reduce pain and can help support the extra weight of your tummy to enhance your posture and provide stability.

This can help you feel comfortable for days that involve a lot of walking or sitting around the office, during travel, help you feel comfortable for lightly exercising, reduce pain for better sleep, and much more.

Providing Gentle Compression

Under your expanding baby pump, the pressure in your lower extremities can build. Making it harder for your circulation and lymphatic system to circulate. Your lymphatic system circulates lymph fluid that carries white blood cells.

Under pressure, the lymph fluid can collect and begin to pull and collect in the legs, ankles, and feet. By providing gentle compression, maternity belts can improve your circulation to reduce swelling and painful fluid collection to prevent edema. They can also increase your circulation to assist with standing for long periods of time, walking, and exercising.

This gentle compression will not harm your baby. Support bands are meant to be snug, but not too tight. Many come with instructions on how to wear them. If your maternity band is too tight you may experience heartburn and indigestion.

Postpartum Support 

Giving birth is no easy task. While you just want to start taking care of your newborn, sometimes as your ligaments become torn, abdominals separate, and swelling occurs, postpartum recovery may get interfere.

However, by using a maternity band to support your back and core as you’re healing, it can reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding to help you get back on your feet faster. Activities such as breastfeeding, carrying laundry up the stairs, sanitizing bottles, and more may become easier.

Finding The Right Maternity Support Brace

There are multiple maternity braces, belts, and belly bands to choose from. While considering your options avoid generic compression tops that slip on. Maternity braces are medical devices that provide multiple benefits that other compression tops do not

The best option will be based on your pre-pregnancy pants size and they even have pockets for you the place ice backs in to help reduce swelling.

But the most important thing to keep in mind is that your Maternity Support Band may be covered through insurance, so don’t overpay.

To qualify through insurance refer to the following steps:

  1. Fill out our quick qualification form.
  2. One of our dedicated reps will navigate your insurance coverage and contact you with your options.
  3. Relax with your growing baby as your maternity items are shipped directly to your home.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Health blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow Health recommends consulting a doctor if you are experiencing medical issues or concerns.


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