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I am 5'2'' and currently almost 24 weeks. At this point, I can no longer lounge on a couch, sit back in a car, or get ultrasounds on my back. After about 3o seconds I will become yawny, light headed, tingly and airy feeling in my fingers and head, and then get a headache. If i dont move or change positions I will pass out. This is due to the baby putting pressure on my vena cava in my back. On top of all that, by 4 in the afternoon the days bloat and weight has taken its toll and i feel 950 lbs and like 900 of it is hanging over my stomach area. I knew I needed a support belt. I had one with my last pregnancy which caused this same kind of stuff around the same time. I had a different belt, a bit bigger and with like boning in the back. I wanted something this time around that wasn't so bulky.
I got this today and put it on immediately.
1) Ah yes the feeling of being supported... its pretty instant. once you pull the velcro in and secure it it is like instant lift. 2) it does not help my back issue. I wasn't sure it would, but was hopeful. Unfortunately it does not. nothing will fix that other than being on my side. 3) I was kind of hp=oping for the frontpart of the band to be a bit narrower. its the same width all the way around, and most of us need the lift from the under belly up. I dont need hal m stomach covered and pressed in. It doesn't show in the pics i attached, but later I did adjust it so the back part was way higher up to give it more of an angle and get under my belly more. 4) It helps take in my love handles and hips! score!
In the third pic i attached, i drew dotted lines to about where my belly came out to prior to putting on the belt. Baby was not happy at first, but has since seemed to calm down and settle into his new spot. Sorry BB.... but you dontget to hang out down there anymore lol. I do feel bad like maybe hurting him or restricting him in some way, but then i remember how hard my sonographer pressed into my belly during a fetal echocardiogram and if that didnt hurt him, this definitely doesn't.
I love this band, it has become my everyday necessity to keep baby up and me comfortable. I started wearing it at 21 weeks (size 0), and it fit great, now at 26 weeks it still fits and I am certain it will fit the whole pregnancy. The reason it doesn't get a 5 star review is because of the convenience when using the bathroom (what I have been doing is just pulling it up over my belly, but soon that won't work, and it is definitely stretching out the material), but since it does not have a loop which to put the slack through, you would need to remove the whole band, place it somewhere, and then re-velcro (which is a pain in public restroom).
Pros: - fits well - easy to put on - wide band but still looks fine under my clothes
Cons: - not very breathable. I bought it originally to help with round ligament pain during my runs. It helped the pain minimally and made my stomach super sweaty. - it rides up when I’m doing squats, which makes me uncomfortable. It’s not bad for when I’m doing deadlifts but I don’t need the support during deadlifts.
I’m 21 weeks pregnant but very obviously showing. I will give it another shot once I’m even bigger and the round ligament pain gets worse. If it improves, I will update my review
UPDATE: 33-34 weeks pregnant now and using this band a lot more. I'm still unable to run/squat with this band but it does alleviate a lot of the pain from just walking around. My ligament pain is worse now that I'm bigger so I no longer regret this purchase. I changed it from a 3 star to 4 star review. It's now summer time in Arizona (think triple digit temperatures CONSTANTLY) and this band remains not breathable. However, for the price and pain relief, I'll tolerate it and I wear it outside my shirt when I'm exercising. It has not lost elasticity or shape with machine washes.
Wish we didn’t have to need things like this but since we do for the price and value this is worth it. It does ride up your back and isn’t comfortable up against the skin but over a shirt is great, it just looks really goofy then. But it did help me when walking across a university campus in the mornings or when getting up from sitting with the horrendous round ligament pain I experienced early on in my second trimester. However sitting or driving with it for more than a few minutes becomes uncomfortable. I think if you have a walking or standing need then this is great. If you were driving to school and sitting in classes for hours at a time like me, taking it on and off in public becomes cumbersome. But other than that it did serve its purpose and felt like it really did what I needed it to when it stayed in place.
I wear this belt to work to help relieve pressure on my lower belly. I work 13 hour shifts with a heavy duty belt sitting in a chair mostly. Even though my bump is not very large, by the end of the day I am so uncomfortable and can’t wait to get home, put on maternity pants and lay down. I have found that this belt helps relieve some pressure and helps me maintain a better posture throughout the day. I usually wear it over my under shirt but have won’t in on my bare belly and both are comfy. I have not had any issues with it riding or rolling up, it stays in place all day. My mom made a comment one day that she wished she had something like this belt to help her during her pregnancies with me and all my siblings.
The good: this belt is VERY supportive and versatile with it's adjustability, which I LOVE about it. During the earlier parts of my pregnancy, I wore it straight across my belly, and now that I'm 33 weeks it's more comfortable to wear it around the base of the bump. It's helped immensely with the round ligament pain I was experiencing all the way down into my groin area; it's also great for back support, which I need being on my feet a lot throughout the day. I wear it over leggings to exercise and run in, which I'm still able to do this far into pregnancy with the support of this belt! I also wear it during the day, but under the fabric of my pants instead of over. Which leads me to the few downsides of this belt:
The not-so-good: this band can be pretty itchy. The fabric of other belts I have is much softer. I wear it over leggings when exercising for this reason, but for all-day wear I have to have it under the band of pants otherwise I have to take it off every time I pee, which pregnant ladies know is about every 30 minutes! The fibers have also started coming out and poking me, which you can see pictured. Because I have a few different bands, I don't wear this one every day and am disappointed it's not holding up better for how often I do wear it.
Three stars for the excellent support, but minus 2 for the quality of the fabric/durability. Would definitely still recommend for the price!
I've been using this while running starting at 15-weeks and now through 18-weeks. As a pretty small runner, my belly is still small, so it is a little loose. Even loose, it has helped with the weird pain I was having during and after I finished a run. I guess it is holding everything together a little better than just my lower abs were doing. I wish it could tighten just a little bit more, but otherwise look forward to using it throughout pregnancy.
I like the belt and the support that it provides, however if you sit for long periods of time...this might not be the belt for you. It kind of bunches together at the sides a little and is breathable - but makes me hot. Which, it is only fait to point out that it is SERIOUSLY hot where I work (80+ most days) and I can barely stand anything touching me.
If I was walking around, I would wear this for sure. It is very well made and offers support.
This review is just one example of one woman whose baby is sitting especially low in her pelvis; everyone is so so different, body type, occupation, how they carry or where their body gets sore... That being said, my baby kicks right into the front of the belt where it's meant to support me and this feels really weird and it makes me have to pee more frequently. She has been carrying low the entire pregnancy. I'm still wearing this though when I'm on my feet at work because it does feel supportive and reminds me to use good body mechanics.
It was ok, didn't really help with everyday use, wasn't supportive enough but was great on days with long walks, better than not wearing one. For after pregnancy it doesnt really suck in it's more meant to cradle. But would be ideal for c section bc it wont bother incision site and will help with the pain. It was worth it for those two weeks