Updated on January 18, 2021 by Lyric Fergusson
All moms and moms-to-be are familiar with the many pains and discomforts that accompany the many joys of pregnancy. The lower back, hip, and round ligament pain sneak up you faster than expected, though, and that sends you searching the internet for help!
Along with yoga, stretching, and core-strengthening, you might want to think about adding a support belt or belly band to your daily routine. Your body is now supporting the growth and development of a new tiny human; Why not grab a little support for yourself?
The Best Maternity Support Belts
(Best budget option & Gift worthy — $)
Why it’s great: This maternity belt comes in a beautiful gift box, which makes it wonderful for gift-giving, even if you’re just gifting this to yourself! In the box, DonnaElite also includes 3 bra extenders, to assist you on your comfort journey throughout pregnancy. By taking pressure off of your spine and supporting and lifting your bump, the included band helps to relieve lower back and pelvic pain, stretch marks, and even pressure on your bladder! This band is cotton lined with a secure fastener and brags about a design that doesn’t roll down while you wear it.
Keep in mind: For belly bands, measuring is important for your ever-growing and changing belly. This support band measures up to 52 inches unless you buy the X-Large size.
(Most versatile — $$)
Why it’s great: Not only does this maternity belt from NeoTech comes in the biggest variety of sizes, but it is also fully adjustable. This brand has also updated its design with new and reinforced hooks, loops, and fasteners. It is breathable and comes complete with an elastic lining to keep from digging into your tummy at the top or bottom of the band. This pregnancy support band helps to alleviate lower back pain by supporting both your abdominal region and your lumbar region. Also, this listing has a very helpful size chart!
Keep in mind: This listing specifies for moms-to-be not to buy according to their pants size. Instead, grab your measuring tape and measure from your lower back to under your belly bump (slightly above your pelvic bone). This will help you find a better fit!
(Grows with you — $)
Why it’s great: This maternity support brace is perfect because it’s adjustable for any stage of pregnancy: 3-5 months, 5-7 months, 7-10 months, and even post-pregnancy. It helps aid in proper posture in both standing and sitting as well as prevent over-extension of the lower back. This band gives you great compression throughout every stage of pregnancy, complete with an addition of a band across the top of your bump, and even helps to aid in reshaping your body post-baby.
Keep in mind: When you take a break from your daily activities and sit down for a breather, remember to detach the hooks and fabric loops for comfort in a seated position.
(High quality — $$)
Why it’s great: The goal of AZMED as a brand is to help you love your changing body. Reviewers rave that this band stays in place, shapes and even lifts your bump. One reviewer even tested this band with a full day at Walt Disney World, and raved about her pain-free day. Designed by mothers for mothers, this band helps to improve mobility, support your baby bump, correct your posture, ease pain, stabilize your joints, and relieve many discomforts.
Keep in mind: This one has more fabric on one side of the belly support than the other, which left a few moms-to-be feeling a bit… off. This one is only One Size Fits All up to 46 inches, so make sure you measure!
(Great value — $)
Why it’s great: This band, from Skywee, is made of breathable and soft fabrics, helping you to feel relaxed with the added ease to your lifted abdomen and supported waist. This support helps to relieve pain in your lower back, hips, sciatic nerves, waist, etc. so that you may can stay active during your pregnancy. Serving as your baby’s prenatal cradle, it will also relax and soothe mom, reducing bladder pressure and improving circulation and posture.
Keep in mind: This one measures for pregnant moms up to 54 inches, and some petite moms reported that it was a bit too big for them. Measure and check those reviews for size comparisons!
(Most comfortable — $)
Why it’s great: This doctor-recommended band comes from a brand that cares for its customers as a mother cares for her baby; Female kangaroos are called Jill and, of course, baby kangaroos are called Joey, so Jill & Joey want you to feel just as satisfied with their product. Reviewers rave that this band is perfect for the active mom-to-be: it’s comfortable and stays in place, even during a run! This maternity belt relieves pain around your hips, pelvis, and back by supporting you during your pregnancy. This one also seems to be the band most easily hidden beneath clothing.
Keep in mind: This one is up to 45 inches, so keep that measuring tape handy!
(High quality — $$)
Why it’s great: This perfect gift for new moms is wonderful because it comes in a beautiful box ready for gifting and in a One Size Fits All option, as well as an X-Large. This band is designed to distribute weight evenly around your hips and pelvis, relieving pain in your spine and lower regions. This soft and breathable band helps to support you throughout the day without too much added bulk or heavy fabric. Feel supported with this 360 degree, ergonomic, full support design, made with moms in mind.
Keep in mind: Reviewers and customers suggest to remove this band when sitting, as it is a bit tight and can dig in while in a seated position.
FAQs about maternity support belts
1. How many hours at a time should you wear a maternity support belt?
You should only wear a belly band (or any garment made for support) for no more than two to three hours at a time. Let your body do some of the work! After all, your body was designed for child-bearing. Wearing the support band for much more than suggested is likely to cause overdependence. It is also suggested that you work on strengthening your core in combination with wearing a support band.
2. Can I sleep in my belly band?
Belly bands help control your pain throughout the day, so that should help you sleep better and more painlessly at night. Some pregnant women do wear the belt at night, while others feel it is a bit too much to deal with when they are trying to relax.
3. How tight should the maternity belt be?
In pregnancy, comfort is always the most important thing to consider. A belly band or support belt should be snug enough to hold up your belly and help you feel supported, but you should be able to breathe easily and move around comfortably.
4. Do you wear a maternity belt on top of or underneath your clothes?
You can truly decide for yourself. It may depend on the articles of clothing you’re wearing whether or not it is visible from under your clothing. However, if you’re experiencing pain, you may not care either way. (Embrace your inner Home Depot worker and wear that thing on the outside!) Also, many reviewers suggested wearing a thin cami between their skin and the band, if only to prevent them from having to wash the band more frequently.
5. How do I wash the belly bands?
Each item comes with its own instructions, but almost all recommend air drying, not in the sun.
6. Are all maternity bands safe for postpartum wear?
Each product above specifies within the listing whether or not it is recommended for wear after pregnancy. Some are just for pregnancy, while others are ready to support your body on the road to recovery.
7. Are all maternity bands designed for exercise?
Yes, all of the above bands can be used to support an active mom-to-be. Just remember to sometimes give your body a break and strengthen your core without the added support.
There is a lot to consider when looking to buy a maternity band or belt to help support your growing body during pregnancy, but the main thing to remember is that all of the above are designed with you in mind. Find your perfect fit by measuring your body and considering where you might grow. You deserve to stand and wash dishes without pain in your lower back, or go for a jog and not feel stressed and unsupported. Maternity bands are ready to ease your round ligament pain, your joint discomfort, your lower back, and pelvic strain. Wear these bands over or under your clothes and ease your way into happier joints and, possibly, even better sleep!