Are Maternity Support Bands Safe?
Maternity support bands, also known as belly belts or pregnancy belly bands, are support apparels that offer numerous benefits to active pregnant women.
Their exclusive design enables them to support your lower back as well as abdomen.
They particularly find significant usage in the second and third trimesters.
They come in numerous styles and designs so you can pick a model that matches your needs.
But I’ve seen many moms (especially the news ones) asking whether these bands are an excellent idea for them...
If you’re also wondering if it’s safe to wear a support band, by the time you finish reading this post you’ll have the right answer to your question.
Is a Maternity Support Dangerous For Pregnant Women?
The belly belt has no adverse effects on pregnant women who wear them. They only give you a couple of benefits that make your pregnancy life more comfortable and healthy.
However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when using this pregnancy “accessory.”
- Never wear your belly belt for more than 2-3 hours at a time. This helps prevent over dependency.
- If you’re undertaking transverse abdomens (TA) exercise, consider combining them with your belly belt as it helps strengthen your core masses during and after the pregnancy.
- Always make a point of consulting your medical doctor before using this compression garment. Better be safe than sorry.
- Women who suffer from abnormal blood pressure and compromised circulation are advised against using the maternity support band.
- Keep in mind that these bands are meant for temporary (and net permanent) use. If you have any underlying dysfunction, it’s important that you visit a physical therapist to help you out rather than over depending on a band.
What Benefits Come With The Maternity Belt?
As we said, the maternity band has a couple of benefits to offer to pregnant women. Let’s take a look at these benefits below:
1. Bands can help take away your pain.
Joint and back pain are the two most frustrating types of pain many pregnant moms undergo. They even go to the extent of stopping you from handling your everyday activities.
When you put on a maternity support band, it helps support your lower back as well as your baby bump when involving yourself in various activities. This helps take your pains away.
2. Enjoy a gentle compression.
For experienced moms, you know how it feels when involving yourself in physical activities while pregnant. The uterus makes movements which result in discomforts.
Again, you can trust a belly band to reduce these discomforts by supporting your baby bump and ultimately reduce aches from the bump movements.
However, it’s important to note that too much compression may result in complications such as impaired blood circulation, negative effects on your blood pressure, heartburns, indigestions, etc.
3. Belly band facilitates proper posture.
Yes! The bands offer your external body cues that help promote your body posture.
Because it supports your torso as well as lower back, it will encourage a better posture while discouraging overextension of your lower back.
It simply eliminates the typical “sway back” posture in pregnant mothers.
4. They offer post-pregnancy support.
Lastly, belly bands do a good job in supporting your lower back and abdomen, thus reducing discomforts.
As you know, you experience decreased core strength a few weeks after birth. This is because your ligaments and muscles overstretched during pregnancy period, and would take time to heal.
If you have surfed the separation of abdominal muscles (by the physical act of bringing the abdominal muscles together), a maternity band can offer you much help.
If you combine it with specific exercise, you’ll close the gap between your abdominal muscles quickly.
Maternity support bands are aids designed to ease discomforts in you pregnancy life. Though they come with different style and designs, they all serve the same purpose of supporting your lower back and your growing baby bump.
They help reduce back and joint pains, promote a better posture, offer after-pregnancy support, and give you a gentle compression that helps you carry out your daily activities comfortably.
However, it’s always advisable that you consult your medical care provider before wearing this garment as it might not be suitable for some pregnant women.