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How Does a Belly Belt Help During Pregnancy?

author image Laura Niedziocha
Laura Niedziocha began her writing career in 2007. She has contributed material to the Stoneking Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Lambertville, N.J., and her work has appeared in various online publications. Niedziocha graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. She also has her Associate of Arts in communications from the Community College of Philadelphia.
How Does a Belly Belt Help During Pregnancy?
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Pregnancy is hard on your body. As your belly grows, your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones must make room for baby. This means changing in ways you may have never known your body could change. This is exciting, yet it can be painful and fatiguing, especially on your back. As your belly gets bigger your back must do more work to support the baby. Wearing a belly belt can help reduce the pressure and fatigue your back is facing.

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Aching Back

Back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy. A belly belt is worn over and under your belly and wraps around to your lower back. A belly belt works by providing support by lifting the belly. This can reduce the amount of work your mid and lower back have to do, thus relieving some back pain. It can also help you avoid fatigue, especially if you must be on your feet for long periods of time.

Stand Up Straight

A belly belt can also promote good posture. Poor posture during pregnancy can be common because of aching and fatiguing muscles. When the belly belt helps your back lift your growing belly, your body can put more energy into keeping good posture, which can also reduce overall aches and pains.

The Culprits

It's not just the weight of your growing baby that can cause back pain and make a belly belt necessary. During pregnancy, especially in late pregnancy, your body prepares for labor and birth. One of these preparations involves releasing hormones that relax your tendons, ligaments and joints. While this helps your pelvis expand for labor, during pregnancy this can make for weaker joints that fatigue more easily and cause your muscles to work harder, especially the back muscles.

Where to Purchase

Consult with your doctor if you have extreme back pain or pain that seems to go in a rhythm, as this may be a sign of labor. If your back pain is just a regular symptom of pregnancy, try a belly belt. These belts can be found in most maternity stores or purchased online. Most brands are sized, so pick the one that is right for you. Extend the life of your purchase by choosing one that can expand with your growing belly.

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