Ah, pregnancy, the blissful period of a woman. When I first found out about my pregnancy, a long period of excitement followed, with lots of thoughts on names, baby clothing and nursery furniture, that is, until the morning sickness kicked in.
Of course it was nothing like the Duchess of Camrbidge’s, the so called Hyperemesis gravidarum, but it was still an unpleasant experience which made me refuse more food than actually eating it. A pregnant woman not eating that much, imagine that – I have the right to complain!
As soon as the second trimester arrived, the sickness was gone, and just when I thought it was all swell, and I could fully enjoy the growing baby bump, I started having some back and hip joint pain, from mild to persistent, then also pelvic.
Recently a friend of mine, a mum-to-be asked me for some advice in dealing with her pain, and it was then that a whole hour discussion with praises of the ingenious design of maternity support bands was created.
The pain can quickly go from mild to severe, disrupt your daily activities, as well as sleep (lots of sleepless nights follow where you spend time watching your husband peacefully getting his z’s, wondering when was the last time you actually had a night of quality sleep like that). Thankfully, with the maternity support bands, it all becomes bearable.
What the support bands do is provide enough support for the back, abdomen, and torso, thanks to a gentle vulvar compression, allowing you to carry on with your day even with a huge baby bump. There are many designs of support bands, with specific features, depending on where and how much of support it is you most need, as well as how invisible you want it to be, so you can hide it under the garments.
I personally didn’t care about hiding: hiding to me sounds like wanting to hide the lovely baby bump. While I’ve heard some women complain of the support bands irritating their skin, I didn’t have that kind of problem.
Sure, the pains weren’t completely gone, but the bands made it possible for me to exercise even with the extra belly weight, and provided enough support afterwards for my after-baby body, helping those stretched ligaments get back into their primary form.
If you are experiencing more discomfort and pain, it wouldn’t hurt to get the help of a support band, you’ll thank yourself later, just remember not to get one with lots of compression because that’s when counter-effects appear.