Pregnancy is beautiful, it’s miraculous, but let’s be honest, it can also be a royal pain. Between your feet swelling, your back hurting, not to mention the tiny human the size of a melon or turkey (depending on how far along you are) putting pressure on your pelvis, your body’s juggling a lot more than baby weight. Unfortunately, the only foolproof way to get relief is to actually have your baby (which you will, in time), but you can take some of the load off by investing in a maternity support belt.
Disclaimer: A maternity support belt is not the kind of accessory that elevates an outfit. Rather, these bands offer support for your belly, back, hips and pelvis to evenly distribute the weight and alleviate some of the pain. However, shopping for these supportive accessories isn’t much different than shopping for trendy pieces to hold up your pants: Some belts are bulky, some fit seamlessly under your favorite tops, some are one-size-fits-all, while still others are available in plus sizes to accommodate bellies of all shapes and circumferences.
If your burgeoning belly needs an extra boost, scroll down to shop our picks for the most comfortable maternity support belts that will alleviate your load.
This story was originally published in April 2020.
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1. AZMED Maternity Belt
If when you think “belt” you think “bulk,” you’re not imagining this maternity accessory. This maternity support belt is constructed from lightweight materials, so they don’t feel heavy on nor do they blatantly show through your clothing. By adhering to the unique contours of your body, the belt works to evenly distribute the baby weight to alleviate pain and/or pressure in the hips, pelvis and back. It also helps improve your posture and supports weak abdominal muscles during and post-pregnancy.
2. Jill & Joey Maternity Belt
One of the least glamorous parts of pregnancy is when different parts of the body — ankles, hands, legs and feet — swell up like balloons (otherwise known as edema). Luckily this maternity support belt has received a ton of praise for its help reducing round ligament pain and swelling, so if you’re struggling with these types of symptoms, this could be the belt for you. The one-size accessory is made from breathable, cooling cotton, fits up to 45 inches, and goes on easy with velcro. Wear it over or under clothes for maximum comfort and support so you don’t have to endure any hip, pelvic and/or back pain.
3. Flexguard Maternity Support Belt
A lot of maternity support belts are one-size-fits-all. But here’s the reality of pregnancy (and the human body in general): Every body is different, so oftentimes products that are “one-size-fits-all” don’t actually fit all sizes. This belt, however, is inclusive and comes in sizes from medium (96 centimeter to 11 centimeter belly circumference) to 3XL (137 centimeter to 157 centimeter belly circumference). And while, yes, it is a bulkier band, it offers premium support during your entire pregnancy, plus postural support.