When it comes to pregnancy and having a baby there are lots of things to think about and lots of things to buy. Maternity clothes, clothes for the baby, maternity pillows and of course those big purchase such as cots and buggies too.
One thing that might not be top of your list right from the beginning is a maternity support belt. So, what is a maternity belt and why is it something that you might want to invest in for your pregnancy?
One question that many pregnant mums ask is whether or not wearing a maternity belt can hurt their baby? In the most part, a maternity belt is not going to hurt your baby, in fact it offers you the support that you need to be able to carry your baby around safely.
That said, a belt which is too tight, or that is worn for extended periods of time, could actually cause some harm to the baby as it develops. We recommend that you only wear your belt for around 2-3 hours at a time.
This will give you the help that you need, but will stop you from becoming over-dependant on it rather than working on the strength of your core.
When Can I Start Wearing My Maternity Belt?
The good news for those who are considering wearing a maternity belt is that you can start to wear this useful item right from the first trimester when you start to feel the aches and pains that can come with pregnancy.
It might seem a little strange to wear a belt before you have a prominent bump, but these belts can help your posture, which can help later on in your pregnancy as your bump grows and grows.
When you are pregnant it is still incredibly important that you try your best to stay active and to take part in exercise on a regular basis. Having a maternity belt is a way to ensure that your body (in particular your lower back) feels supported during these periods of activity that you have a proper posture, helping your core muscles and your spine as a whole.
A pregnancy belt can also be useful for those people who want to continue with activities such as running whilst they are pregnant.
Pregnancy can also take its toll on your sleeping pattern too. It can be hard to get comfortable in bed and actually drop off to sleep and it can also be hard to stay comfortable and stay asleep too. Unfortunately, it is not recommended that you sleep with a maternity belt on, even if it really helps to support you during pregnancy. This is because it is only safe for you to wear the belt for a maximum of 3 hours.