If you’re experiencing a surge in prenatal hormone levels, you may want to consider wearing a pregnancy belly band. Pregnancy belly bands are discreet, and comfortable and help your body produce the right amount of blood and nutrients needed for your growing baby.
They are made of thin cotton or spandex material and fits around the stomach. It helps circulate the blood throughout your body to flow from your heart to your toes. This helps keep excess fluid from accumulating in your lower abdomen. In addition, these garments can also help decrease water retention and possibly even contract weight gain.
Let’s take a look at what to consider before making that decision.
Consider The Size
If you’re in between sizes, go with the larger size. According to the experts, the average woman will gain more than 2 pounds during her pregnancy. If you’re at a size 12, go with the 12-14 size. If you’re at a size 14, go with the 14-16 size. If you’re in between sizes, go with the larger size.
Consider The Material
Your maternity belly band should feel comfortable and smooth against your skin. If it’s a bit baggy or clingy, it’s too tight. Try it on in your home or a store with a clothing size chart. If it’s too loose, then go with a looser fit. A loose fit feels more comfortable while also having more room to move.
Consider The Design
If you’re looking for a support garment, then a maternity belly band probably isn’t the best choice. If you’re more of a “leg” shape, a regular maternity pantaloon or elastic legging will have better support than a belly band. Belly bands come in many designs and styles, so make sure you consider your baby’s due date when choosing the right one. Some maternity belly bands feature a built-in support strap meant to be worn around the back. Others are fully adjustable and can fit either shoulder or back.
Consider The Comfort
If you’re going to be wearing your pregnancy belly band a lot, it will be uncomfortable. However, comfort is subjective, and everyone’s body is different. Some people may find that a more padding maternity belt gives them more support, while others like the non- padding design of a regular pantyhose. Your maternity belly band should feel comfortable and not restrictive. If you have any concerns, just go with a looser garment.
Consider The Support
If you’re having a boy, consider getting a kangaroo belt pregnancy belt. These are meant to be worn around the abdomen, but they have narrower straps that are meant to be worn around the hips. Wearing a kangaroo belt during pregnancy can help reduce back and hip pain. A regular maternity belt can be distracting and uncomfortable to wear while running or cycling, so it’s best to wear your maternity belt while staying active.
Choosing the right maternity belt is important because it will help your body produce the right amount of blood and nutrient tips needed for your growing baby.