Maternity belts for reducing lumbar backache during pregnancy
Every pregnant woman experiences a gravity shift caused by their growing baby, and as a result, they deal with lumbar spine pain as well as more prominent lordosis. To help reduce the pressure on the pelvis and spine, a maternity belt will help.
Maternity belts - who are they for?
For every pregnant woman, the center of gravity shifts due to their growing belly, which makes the lordosis (the characteristic bend of the spine) more prominent. In conjunction with pressure created by the fetus on internal organs and blood vessels, as well as pubic symphysis, you may experience severe pain in the spine.
A maternity support belt is an orthopedic medical band for pregnant women, which is meant to provide support and to slightly raise the baby bump, relieving some of the pressure off of the spine and pelvis caused by the growing baby. The belly band comes in handy especially during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the weight of the belly on the spine is greatest. During the early stages of pregnancy, it is recommended that you go see a doctor or physiotherapist and ask about ways to help you improve the comfort during daily activities, while avoiding overloading the pelvis and spine.
How do belly bands work?
Even though some women do not experience the back pain during their third trimester of pregnancy, in some cases, the load on the spine can be so severe, that it may even lead to lumbago, which significantly reduces the comfort of pregnancy.
The maternity support belt is anatomically designed in order to avoid causing direct pressure on the fetus or blood vessels, while at the same time relieving the lumbar spine. It is recommended that belly bands be worn during regular activities.
All maternity support belts are professional medical products that primarily provide support around the lower abdomen and symphysis, lifting it slightly and reducing pain and pressure on the pelvis and organs just above it. Belly bands can also improve comfort during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the abdomen causes great difficulty in performing daily tasks, even simply sitting.
What types of maternity belts are available?
In most cases, the pregnancy belt you choose depends primarily on your lifestyle. All belly bands are safe to use as directed by your doctor or physiotherapist. Their design makes them invisible under clothes, allowing them to be worn for almost every occasion.
Maternity belts are made of elastic materials with added stabilizers, ensuring you that it does not move, while actively improving your comfort by reducing pressure on the spine and pelvic pain.
The elastic materials used to make maternity support belts are usually pleasant to the touch and do not cause irritation and abrasions to the already stretched and susceptible abdominal skin. The lining is soft, making it comfortable for everyday wear, while a tensioning belt allows you to attach the belt in the right place without creating too much tightness.
Frequently asked questions
Can you sleep while wearing a belt?
Belly bands should under no circumstance be worn to sleep. It is a product that should be worn only during the day, as it relieves your spine only while actively moving. Since it exerts pressure on tissues and abdominal muscles, it is not recommended to be worn to sleep.
Are maternity belts safe?
If you choose a belt made of certified materials, which is a certified medical product and is being used as recommended by your doctor or physiotherapist - it will be completely safe. Consult a specialist if you’d like to learn more.
Maternity belts - which one should you choose?
If in doubt, consider choosing the lumbar belt, which provides extra support to the torso, relieves the lumbar-sacral spine and supports the abdomen. Additionally, speak with your physiotherapist or doctor and ask for their recommendation.