Pregnancy is such a fun and exciting time for a family! There's so much new to learn, you'll feel new sensations, and your baby's body is developing new parts and systems every day. But what about changes in your body? Pregnancy changes your posture, balance, and puts extra stress on your joints and pelvic floor—all of which increase the workload of your muscles and ligaments. Wearing a pregnancy girdle can be a great way to look your best while your body is conceiving a baby. So how to choose a suitable maternity belt?
Choose the Correct Size
Wearing an appropriate maternity belt in the correct size holds your belly up whilst keeping your pelvic joints closer together – this helps with balance, posture, and makes it easier to walk without waddling.
Some brands have a standard size, whilst others have different sizes based on how far you are along in your pregnancy.
Therefore, always check the size chart of the brand that you are buying – some brands size by weight, while others go by your clothing size – and try the belt on before your final purchase.
It’s best to measure yourself right above your hips and beneath your baby bump to determine your right size – be careful not to measure too tightly.
If the maternity belt is not one size fits all, then you will have to buy a couple of different sizes for your second and third trimester, as your body undergoes significant changes.
Select the Best Type of Support
Maternity belts are available in three main types to meet the needs and requirements of every mother-to-be:
Regular maternity belt: consists of a simple one-piece pelvic wrap, which is ideal for women who need light or medium support and are carrying a single fetus.
Extra support belt: features an extra strap that goes across your belly to provide additional support and comfort – ideal for women who stand on their feet all day.
Full prenatal cradle: distributes the weight of pregnancy to the upper back and shoulders for the ultimate support – perfect for women who are pregnant with multiples.
Some models even offer additional features such as extra straps, padded backs, pockets to insert heat or cold packs, and different types of fastening like Velcro closures or hook and eye.
So make sure you choose the type that suits you best in terms of comfort, support, and practicality.
Choose the Most Comfortable Material
Maternity belts are usually made up of synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester, which are lightweight, easy to clean, and resistant to dirt.
However, these fibers can cause you to sweat immediately as they resist moisture, which increases skin sensitivity and discomfort, especially if you toss and turn a lot when you sleep.
Therefore, focus on the softness and breathability of the belt, as this is quite essential to minimize skin irritation and discomfort.