There has been a widespread debate on whether a belly band should be used during pregnancy or not. Of course, it should not be used throughout the day - doing this can be harmful - but overall, belly bands can do more good than harm. Some of you may be wondering what a belly band is and what it does. Here are the answers to all of those little doubts and queries.
What are belly bands?
They are a piece of garment that can be worn either over or under the clothes to provide support to pregnant women. It is made up of a stretchable, flexible, elastic cloth such as cotton combined with lycra or spandex and is worn to support the lower back and abdomen of pregnant women. It is specially designed to fit a pregnant woman and so you won’t have to worry about it being too small.
Listed below are a few benefits of wearing a belly band during pregnancy:
1. Reduced Body Pain
Belly bands are known to relieve the stress and pressure on the lower and middle back. It is worn over and under the belly and goes around the lower back. It gives support to the pregnant woman, thus reducing the pain while standing or doing work. Common joint pains during pregnancy - SI joint pain and round ligament pain - can be reduced by wearing these bands. They work by evenly distributing the weight and stabilizing the joints by providing support.
2. Improved Posture
Pregnant women can find it difficult to walk normally during their second and third trimester. This is in part caused by the pain during pregnancy and also due to the extra weight and pressure on a pregnant lady. By wearing a belly band, the pain is effectively reduced and since it helps to distribute the weight, it can significantly improve posture and can make it easier for pregnant women to walk.
3. Gentle compression
When you are out and about, the baby bump can be a bit distracting or discouraging. The same way how you would feel funny if you didn’t wear a bra, a belly band can help support your bump and make it easier for you to walk.
4. Can be helpful postpartum
Post pregnancy, the belly bands can help you get back in shape. It will support the sagging stomach postpartum and with the right diet and exercise routine, you will be able to firm up the stomach muscles in no time.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using a belly band:
1. Avoid wearing them for longer than 3-4 hours at a time. Wearing them for too long can stretch out your muscles hence causing your body to become dependent on the belly band for support.
2. Consult your doctor before you start using a belly band. They may or may not recommend using it depending on your health.
3. You must combine core strengthening exercises along with using the belly band to maximise the benefits.
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