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Top 3 Types of Maternity Support Belts Reviewed
Support Belts for Every Shape and Size
For those of us that need extra support for our pregnant belly or are suffering with back pain during pregnancy and after childbirth, a pregnancy belt or maternity support belt really is a must have. As well as being extremely supportive and relieving lower back pain, a good maternity support belt will also relieve:
Abdominal Muscle Pain
Pelvic pain or Weakness (PGP or SPD)
Hip Separation Pain
Lower Back Pain (Lumbar Pain)
Postpartum Back, Stomach and Pelvis Support
So if you are suffering from any of these pregnancy related conditions, or just simply want to feel more supported, buying a sturdy, supportive, maternity support belt is a wise move.
Pregnancy belts come in a range of sizes to fit the most petite Mom to be, to larger Moms. Most of the maternity support belts below come in at least sizes small, medium and large and some brands are also available in extra small through to extra large, so there's no need to worry that you won't be able to find one to fit your frame.
Relieve Pelvic Girdle Pain and Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction
The pelvic bones soften in pregnancy because of the increased production of the hormone relaxin. This can cause pain in the pelvic ligaments, joints and muscles. Also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), pain in the pelvis can be extremely uncomfortable. Both of these conditions can be relieved significantly by wearing a maternity support belt.
A maternity support belt will support your lower back (lumbar region) as well as your lower abdomen, giving you relief from the lower back pain that is a frequent symptom of pregnancy. They are especially required if you are suffering from back pain or any of the other pregnancy symptoms described because you are carrying twins or multiple babies.
All of the pregnancy belts here are adjustable and extremely comfortable, and are made from the strongest materials for a fully supported feel and function. There are a variety of types of maternity support belts from simple elasticated belts to full prenatal cradles.
3 Designs of Pregnancy Belt
You can see from the images to below that there are three main designs of pregnancy belt. Some are cheaper than others and the price depends on the complexity of the design as well as the materials the pregnancy belt is made from. The more expensive pregnancy belts tend to be well padded with foam and lined with flannel for extra comfort.
1. Simple Pregnancy Belt
The first design is a simple one piece belt, made from an elasticated material that fastens using Velcro or hooks and eyes. These tend to be slightly cheaper than the other two types of pregnancy belt available.
2. Pregnancy Belt with Extra Support
The second design, and the type that I ultimately used throughout my 3 pregnancies, includes an additional strap that goes across the pregnant belly to help both with providing some additional support, and to keep the back brace in place.
I tried a couple of maternity support options during my first pregnancy because I suffered terribly with PGP, but the best by far was the . I used it subsequently through my 2 further pregnancies and it's still in the cupboard in case of any more! It's been rated the most comfortable support belt available by other Moms and I would agree with them. Soft Form Maternity Belt
3. Prenatal Cradle
Thirdly, we have the full prenatal cradles. A prenatal cradle maternity support belt is ultra supportive and helps to spread the extra weight of pregnancy to other parts of the body such as the shoulders and upper back.
This brings relief from back pain and they are especially helpful if you are suffering from hip separation or pelvic girdle pain (PGP). A prenatal cradle can also be used after birth and is particularly good if you have undergone a cesarean section.
Larger Moms to be can often experience abdominal and lumbar pain from early on in their pregnancies making the purchase of a maternity support belt essential for a comfortable pregnancy. These large maternity support girdles transfer the pregnant belly weight to higher up the spine relieving discomfort from pain in the back, belly, hips, legs and pelvis.
If you are experiencing a lot of back pain, abdominal pain or pelvic pain then it's probably best to go for a full prenatal cradle. By effectively distributing the extra pregnancy weight, these are the most supportive type of pregnancy belt available. Prenatal cradles are also extremely comfortable to wear, allow full bodily movement and promote good circulation in the pelvic and leg regions.
Relieve Your Pregnancy Discomfort
As you can see there are a variety of maternity support belts to choose from and I'm sure you'll find the perfect pregnancy belt for you from the range above.