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The number of pregnancy products out there is astounding. Confusing naming conventions and marketing slogans can make finding the right products a tricky process. Reading up on what’s available is the best way to start narrowing down your decisions about what’s right for you.

As your baby grows in size and weight, so will your belly. This extra weight can be manageable, but many women need an extra level of support.

A belly belt, also called a maternity or pregnancy belt, is a great product to invest in if the weight of your belly is starting to cause you discomfort. It can also just help with feeling more comfortable and secure. A belly belt is a specially designed band that wraps around and under your belly. It helps by giving you better support and to relieve some of the strain on your back and pelvis.

The difference between a belly belt and a belly ban

Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between a belly band and a belly belt.

The main difference between the two products is their purpose.

A belly band is primarily designed to keep your pants from falling down during pregnancy. Whereas, a belly belt offers support for your growing belly and other discomfort brought on by the changes in your body’s size.

While belly bands and belly belts look similar they both perform two very different jobs.

A belly band looks like a tube of stretchy fabric and can be worn over the top of jeans, pants or skirts that you can’t do up anymore. They cover the section of skin exposed from where your top ends and where your pants or skirt begin Investing in a belly band helps to save money on buying maternity clothes.

A belly belt works a bit differently. With a few key straps and bands, a belly belt will help to relieve discomfort and muscle strain. It will generally have a sturdy but narrow, stretchy panel of fabric that wraps around the front lower part of your belly, which is secured by the more structured back and side straps.

Choosing the right belly belt for you

When you shop for a belly belt it’s important to find one that solves your problems effectively. Take your time and don’t feel rushed. It’s important to feel comfortable with the belly belt you choose.

Follow these simple tips when choosing the right one for you. Your belly belt should:

Help to manage your discomfort. It needs to provide an adequate level of support to match the level of muscle strain and discomfort you are experiencing.

Support the areas that need supporting the most. Different belts will provide more support for different areas depending on where your discomfort is located. The source and cause of your pain should dictate which belt you choose.

Fit you correctly. It’s unlikely that a belly belt that is too loose will provide you with the support you need or relieve any of your discomfort. On the other hand, one that fits too tightly may cause you extra discomfort and could potentially pose health risks to you or your growing baby.

Be good quality. If you are experiencing discomfort, you might need to wear your belly belt every day until you give birth and even for a few days after. Look for one that is made from good materials and is a good design. It needs to last and continue to provide you with the support you need effectively.

Remember to wash your belly belt according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will prolong its use and keep it working as it should.