The best pregnancy support belts for maximum comfort

best pregnancy support belts

by Lily Anderson |
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Medically reviewed by [Charlotte Hoskin]{href='' }, registered Midwife and registered Nurse.

If you're pregnant and have growing tummy pains or simply feel like you need some extra belly support during your pregnancy, you might want to start looking for a pregnancy support belt. Doctors suggest that wearing one of the best pregnancy support belts can help to provide pain and fatigue relief during your pregnancy.

Carrying a baby for nine months is very hard work, especially in the third trimester when your bump can get very big. While a tens machine can help during labour, you'll probably want a less intense solution to pelvic pain, back pain or aching muscles during the third trimester, and just a couple of hours of usage of a pregnancy support belt can give you lots of comfort.

Expert advice on wearing pregnancy support belts

However, Midwife Charlotte Hoskin, shares some important information and guidance for pregnant women thinking of using a pregnancy support belt. She says "They are not recommended if a woman has a low-lying placenta", and advises, "If symptoms persist for more than two weeks or interfere with daily activities, please discuss with a midwife."

Charlotte also shares that, "Support belts can occasionally provide relief of symptoms, however for some women, they can worsen pain and be uncomfortable." Charlotte says, "It is important to remember that the abdominal muscles need strengthening, so any use of belts need to be combined with exercises, or the muscles may weaken further."

How pregnancy support belts work – and when to wear them

Pregnancy support belts are made using reinforced fabric, and they sometimes feature multiple straps that wrap around your lower back. Similar to postpartum support belts, they work by lifting your bump, giving your tired stomach and back muscles a bit of a break from the weight of your growing belly, which is often just what you need after a long day of growing a human!

Although doctors and midwives agree they can provide some much-needed relief for mums to help with hip, pelvic and lower back pain, these belts should not be worn for prolonged periods. Typically, you should only really wear one to do things you find difficult such as going on a walk or doing some housework, as you may become overdependent on it.

How Mother&Baby selected the best pregnancy support belts

Our product recommendations are based on a combination of real-world testing from our burgeoning army of mum testers and the extensive knowledge of our experienced editorial team and product specialists. Where we can, we also consult experts who specialise in that field to ensure you get the right advice along with the right product, and we listen to what you say as well.

 Our thriving mum community on our Facebook group #mumtribe also often hold great insights as to which products mums really like best and why, helping us highlight the products that meet what you really want.

 For the essential products, our annual Mother&Baby Awards shortlist the top products tested, and you can find full reviews from our mum testers provided on the product page. The winners and runners-up for each category then will appear in our top picks article for that product, along with other products that were rated highly by our team.

Testing the best pregnancy support belts

If you're looking for the best pregnancy support belt for you, we've tried and tested a variety of belts for different budgets to help you decide which are the most effective and best value for money. Our mum testers have looked closely at how flexible the belts are, how well they fit and how comfortable they are, as well as the quality and stretch of the fabric and how supportive the design is.

The best pregnancy support belts at a glance:

There are a lot of maternity belts available to buy, but which ones should you choose? Here are our favourite pregnancy support belts that you can buy in the UK.

Best overall pregnancy support belt

CAREFIX Pregnancy Support Belt

Best pregnancy support band (not belt) for coverage

Medela Maternity And Postpartum Belly Support Band

Best pregnancy support belt for sleep

Babymoov Dream Belt Sleep Aid

Best for relieving back, pelvic and hip pain

BABYGO® 4 in 1 Pregnancy Support Belt Maternity & Postpartum Band

The best pregnancy support belts 2024

Best overall pregnancy support belt

This Carefix Maternity Support Belt will help alleviate backaches and pains during pregnancy by removing the irritation of seams, which we know can often dig into a growing bump. Mums seem to enjoy the fabric, saying it's good quality, comfortable and washes really well too. One mum reports that she wears hers day and night, even through hot weather, as it doesn't make her feel sweaty, and says it's definitely worth investing in a couple!

The four-way stretch material means the support will expand as the baby grows so you can stay in optimum comfort throughout the duration of your pregnancy. With sizes S-XL this is a great purchase at a low price. One mum says the size guide in spot on too, so you won't have to worry about getting the wrong size. She points out that it's also useful to read the reviews as she found this helpful when deciding on the right size for her. She says, "I'm usually a 10s in jeans, 12 in joggers etc and my hips measure 102cm. I can't stand anything too tight and the M is just perfect." Another mum said, "Usually a size 10-12 and ordered a Medium, it fits perfectly." Another mum notes that some of the reviews have said the belt rolls up or down, but says that it doesn't on her. She says, "I haven't gained weight or 'love handles' so perhaps that's why, but this fits perfectly and gives just the right amount of support."

Other mums have reported other benefits, such as feeling like the belt stopped their skin feel like it was stretching under the weight of the bump. This mum said, "I don't know if it's a coincidence but I haven't got stretch marks." Another mum was unsure that anything could help with the nerve pains she was experiencing down her legs, but said that the support form this belt has definitely made a difference, enabling her to walk lots more comfortably. She says, "This is my 3rd pregnancy and I have not needed support before, I'm still wearing it at 36 weeks."


  • Knitted-in support that expands with your bump
  • Smooth sides provide added comfort
  • Designed to look good under clothes
  • Customers report that the size guide is spot on
  • Affordable option to buy more than one belt for the week


  • May roll up at the bottom or dig in at the sides
Materials:91% polyester, 9% elastane
Cleaning instructions:Machine washable
Multipack: No
Colour options:Black or white
  • four-way stretch
  • Discrete design
  • 91% polyester, 9% elastane
  • Machine washable
  • knitted-in support and smooth sides
  • Free impartial advice from experts

Best pregnancy support band (not belt) for coverage

This Medela Maternity And Postpartum Belly Support Band is a support band rather than a support belt, which means it's great for offering extra coverage than a normal belt while still providing light support, and is worth including as an alternative. One mum bought one to help her abs go back to normal during breastfeeding. She says, "It's minimal support but I felt it helped. I also had a few back twinges and I'd use it for that and it helped keep me warm and feel supported." Another mum bought one following surgery on her abdomen hoping it would give a little support. In a review she says, "Excellent buy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear, and doesn't ride up."

Reviewers have mentioned that the sizing can be a bit ambiguous, however, and this can affect the wearing experience. One mum liked the fabric, which she described as "nice and soft", but said that she found the sizing to be really tight. She said she took the medium size but unfortunately ended up not using it that much because the tight fit was uncomfortable on her hips. Another mum says "I bought 2 small size after delivery, but it is useless for me. And it always roll up makes me feel uncomfortable". Another mum had to guess what size to get as the sizing wasn't clear to her. She went for an L, which ended up just right, even if slightly on the smaller side as her bump has grown.

Generally speaking, the support band gives you comfortable support and extra coverage if you purchase a larger size than you think you might need, according to reviews, and is available in white or black to go with a summer or winter wardrobe. Made with reinforced panels around the back and lower tummy, it'll provide light support whilst still being breathable and comfortable to wear. One reviewer said, "Material is amazing and does not feel itchy."


  • Great coverage with light support
  • Affordable option on a budget
  • Breathable material is non-itchy against skin


  • Less supportive compared to a pregnancy support belt
  • Line-drying takes longer
  • Sizing may be ambiguous
Materials:91% polyamide, 9% elastane
Cleaning instructions:Machine washable / line dry
Colours:Black or white
  • Made with reinforced panels around the back and lower tummy
  • Seamless & breathable material – 91% polyamide, 9% elastane
  • Comes in black or white options
  • Machine washable / line dry

Best pregnancy support belt for sleep

DISCLAIMER: It is not recommended to sleep in a maternity support belt, however the Babymoov Dream Belt Sleep Aid claims to be designed for sleeping, supporting your bump in the safe 'side-sleeping' resting position. Babymoov, on their website say the "Super soft memory foam on either side of Dream Belt fills the gap between hip and mattress, enabling comfortable side-sleeping (recommended to be the safest sleep position during pregnancy by experts at"

The Babymoov Dream Belt Sleep Aid has two side reinforcements made of morphological foam to help support your bump as you sleep and fill the gap between the sides of your stomach and the mattress. One 28 weeks pregnant mum-to-be who measured big spent two months becoming increasingly uncomfortable at night from the weight of her belly. "Turning over was agony," she says, "I'd feel sick, having to sleep in weird positions was giving me backache." After trying the Babymoov Dream Belt Sleep Aid she said it was the first pain-free night she'd had for months. "I got into bed wearing the belt feeling like I wasn't pregnant," she says, "I could flip from side to side quickly and pain-free, my stomach didn't pull and made me feel sick. No backache."

The central area of the belt is made of elastic cotton and has two rubber bands that optimally support the stomach, and are made adjustable with Velcro fastening. The belt is perfect for providing you with the optimal support you need as a side sleeper. It's the perfect belt for all expectant mums' body shapes, whatever their stage of pregnancy. One mum said, "I still had a tiny bit of hip pain, but I think that comes with pregnancy hormones and sleeping on my side." She describes how initially the belt wiggled around a bit overnight, but not so much it became annoying or stopped working. She said it felt a bit funny sleeping on a foam wedge at first, but then it moulded to her body and was "like a hug for my tummy".

Read our full Babymoov Dream Belt Pregnancy Sleep Aid review.


  • Supports side-sleeping
  • Easy to adjust and wear with velcro
  • Two elasticated strips fit your bump perfectly top and bottom
  • Convenient to wear under or over clothing as well


  • Difficult to fasten at the back by yoursel as bump grows
  • Belt may wiggle around a bit at night
Materials:Exterior: 95% cotton, 5% elastane Interior: 100% polyurethane
Cleaning Instructions:Machine washable at 30°C (remove memory foam pads first)
Colour options:Dot-work grey
  • Stretchy, breathable jersey belt with memory foam padding inserts
  •  Supports your bump in the safe 'side-sleeping' resting position 
  • Easy wearing: Velcro fastening around the back Prolonged comfort for mum-to-be
  •  2 Elasticated strips at the top and bottom of the belt to fit your bump perfectly.
  •  Moulds and adapts to your body through pregnancy
  •  Available in 2 sizes - XS/S and M/L
  •  Can be used directly on the skin or over clothing

Best for relieving back, pelvic and hip pain

BABYGO 4 in 1 pregnancy support beltAmazon
Price: $24.95

Designed to be worn in each trimester, this 4 in 1 pregnancy support belt can be worn for both maternity and postpartum support and pain reliefe - helping with round ligament pain, back pain, pelvic girdle pain and more. One reviewer said, "I brought this as I suffer with hypermobility and the pregnancy was causing my back to be in a lot of pain. I didn't think this would do much to be honest but after using it my back pain had virtually gone."

They also loved the fact that the belt comes with a pregnancy book, saying, "The booklet the belt came with also came with instructions and exercises to do for each stage of pregnancy/post partum." One thing they did recommend is to wear the belt on top of clothing as they felts the velcro did rub a bit against the skin when worn underneath. There were some concerns from customers about the stickiness of the velcro wearing out, but if this happens within the first 12 months you can get a replacement belt free of charge.


  • Offers pain relief as well as support
  • Fully adjustable with velcro for personalised comfort
  • Mesh inserts stop you overheating
  • Free 40-page pregnancy yoga stretches book
  • Doubles up as a postpartum belt after birth


  • Velcro may rub a bit if worn under clothing
Materials:75% Polyester, 25% Spandex
Cleaning instructions:Gentle machine cycle or hand wash
Colours:Black, nude, white
  • Fully adjustable velcro belt with mesh inserts
  • Machine washable

Best pregnancy support belt for exercise

Price: £27.95 (was £45.14)

If you love wearing your jeans, this GABRIALLA Elastic Maternity Support Belt can help you get the most comfort out of them while you're pregnant, and is almost invisible. Gabrialla is an American brand well-known in the USA and has received a lot of favourable reviews. One mum recommends it over maternity bands, saying "I was given a maternity band by my sister but I had to keep adjusting it every 5 seconds and it wasn’t very supportive so thought I’d try this. It stays in place much better and needs to be pulled down a lot less frequently."

Adding a fair amount of compression while keeping you comfortable, loads of mums in the reviews for this product talk about how great it is for exercise throughout pregnancy. One mum who didn't use the belt at first and stored it away dug it out when her bump started to grow because she was struggling to continue running. She said it allowed her to keep running until she was 32 weeks pregnant, and then she continued to use it to support her bump while she was out on walks. She says, "I cannot recommend it enough – For the price of one month's gym membership, I think this was a great buy that allowed me to keep fit and active throughout my pregnancy." She also wore it when she used the cross trainer and when she does spin class twice a week, saying, "It has been a dream!"

Some have found the sizing to be a bit confusing. One mum had to return the small size as after purchasing she thought it wouldn't offer much room for her to grow in it. She ended up getting a medium size, which lasted her whole pregnancy, and the seller provided a prompt refund, although she did have to pay for P&P twice. She says she was a size 10/12 before she became pregnant. Another mum agrees to go a size up, saying "Don’t get the size based on your measurements, especially if you are still in the early months of your pregnancy!" Another mum who recommends the belt says she gets aches if she's out walking all day and doesn't wear hers. She did wish it wasn't so pricey, but thought it was worth it, and loved the handy pocket at the back that fits an iPhone and more – perfect for any outdoor activity where you don't want to have to carry a bag


  • Double pulls help customise for a personalised fit
  • Supports prevention of stretch marks
  • Encourages healthy posture
  • Accommodates hot or cold gel packs for targeted back relief
  • Pocket at the back fits an iPhone perfectly - handy for running


  • May be tricky to get the right size
  • Hot and cold gel packs are not included
  • Some consider it to be a bit on the pricey side
Materials:20% Lycra and 80% Polyester
Cleaning instructions:None provided
Multipack: No
Colour options:Black
  • Belly Support, Waist Support, Abdomen Support
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop fastener with additional double pulls for a personalised fit
  • Lightweight and breathable – 20% Lycra and 80% Polyester
  • Baby safe design featuring special 6" deep back pockets that go beyond mere support, and taper to 3 inches in the front
  • Designed to support stretch mark prevention and healthy posture
  • Accommodates hot or cold gel packs for targeted relief

Best pregnancy support belt for car travel

The BeSafe pregnancy belt has been specifically designed to be used while you're travelling in the car. Made to fit all sizes, it is designed for both the safety of your unborn child, and also your own physical comfort, which is especially good if you'll be seated for a long time, as the belt helps to reduce pressure on your tummy and bladder during a car journey. One reviewer shares that the belt was bought not for pregnancy but to keep the seat belt from pressing on a stoma whilst driving, which we thought was a great idea – she said it works perfectly. Another reviewer said it was easy to install and comfortable to use, "Just clip the strap around the back of the seat" she says, "and clip the waist part of the car seatbelt to the pregnancy belt, easy."

The belt works by positioning the vehicle belt below your tummy and over the hip bones. This takes any pressure away from the baby in the event of a collision. One mum reviewer says, "Excellent, keeps the seatbelt over the top of the thighs rather than over the bump exactly as it's meant to. Can't imagine travelling in a car without it now." You can even wear it in the front passenger seat or while driving, as it can be installed by using the fitting strap together with the three-point vehicle belt.

Unfortunately, this belt can only be hand-washed. One reviewer also points out that while it functions very well, you have to remember that long skirts or dresses are off boundaries when using the belt, which was a major minus for her. Another reviewer bought the belt because she says it literally takes just a second to clip it to the car seat, but she found that it didn't pull the belt away enough from her belly. This meant she felt she had to hold it with her hands to keep herself comfortable. In the case of a crash, she felt it would squick the lower part of her belly for sure, so she wasn't very convinced of its safety features.


  • Peace of mind when driving
  • Doesn't interfere with the safety performance of vehicle strap
  • Helps reduce pressure on tummy and bladder during a car journey
  • Can be installed in the front seat of a vehicle


  • Only suitable for hand-washing
  • May not be suitable with long skirts or dresses
  • May not pull the car seat belt away from your tummy enough
  • Special positioning of the lap belt in vehicles to protect the baby from injury in the event of a collision
  • The BeSafe Pregnant does not interfere with the safety performance of the 3-point vehicle belt
  • BeSafe Pregnant is tested in accordance with ECE r16
  • Reduces pressure on the tummy and bladder while travelling
  • Use the fitting strap together with the three-point vehicle belt to fit it in the front car seat.

Best pregnancy support belt for comfort

This Belly Bandit Upsie Belly Pregnancy Support Band is one of the best-rated support belts for pregnancy and maternity. It comes in sizes eight to 26. Mums generally find it to be very comfortable, however one of our testers didn't agree. She says, "I’m afraid this didn’t help me as a mum. It’s comfortable when upright but it is quite uncomfortable and digs in when you bend." However, she thought it would be good when going for a walk, but personally she didn't feel comfortable wearing it outside of the house. Our other mum testers said the belt made their belly feel less heavy, and that it was light and comfortable to wear.

Besides being comfy for many mums, it aims to help minimise stretch marks, relieve bladder discomfort, increase circulation and blood flow and decrease varicose veins, hernias, and haemorrhoids. Mum tester Keah said she would recommend this belt to friends and family as it really helped her. She said she had experienced bad sciatica with her previous pregnancy, which she somehow managed to avoid with this pregnancy, and says "I do think the belt avoided this."

Mum tester Kerrie is happy that the belt has worn well and looks quite new after a couple of months of wear. Because It adjusts with your pregnancy she thought it was a good investment. Mum tester Caroline agrees, saying "It is expensive but worth the money." She did feel that it was a bit of a hassle that it's hand-wash only though. Keep in mind that it can take up to 12 hours to dry, so you might think about purchasing more than one to have them on rotation so you're never without.

Read our full Belly Bandit Upsie Belly Pregnancy Support Band review.


  • Hot/cold pack helps relieve bladder discomfort
  • Minimises stretch marks helping increase blood flow circulation
  • Available in both black and a lovely nude colour for summer


  • Hand-wash and air-dry only
  • May take up to 12 hours to dry
  • Nude colour not designed for darker skin tones
Materials:92% Bamboo from viscose, 8% Spandex core, 75% Polyester, and 25% Spandex.
Cleaning instructions:Hand wash in cold water. Do not bleach. Rinse thoroughly. Lay flat and allow to air dry. DO NOT twist or wring. Please note the Belly Bandit may take up to 12 hours to dry. 
Colour options:Black and Nude
  • Made from soft materials - 92% Bamboo from viscose, 8% Spandex core, 75% Polyester, and 25% Spandex.
  •  Includes hot/cold pack
  • Multi-purpose band - Minimises stretch marks and helps increase circulation of blood flow.
  • Secure Stretch moulds to your body
  • 12 inches of adjustability
  • Anti-dig closure
  • Available in various sizes - small, medium, large, and extra-large
  • Available in black and nude

Best postpartum support belt

This ASBYFR 3 in 1 Postpartum Belt is a three-in-one set of maternity belts for after you give birth, with one belly band, one waist belt, and one pelvis belt, which you wear at the same time. The advantage of wearing this set is that it claims to speed up the postpartum healing process. During this time, you need a bit more pressure to heal, but this belt still manages to keep you very comfortable. One reviewer bought the product for her sister-in-law and said it really helped her after having a c-section, making her feel more comfortable after having the baby.

Another reviewer said the belt is made from good quality materials and provides great support. They didn't use all three belts at the same time though, and said that the combo of two made it supportive enough without compromising on comfort. Keep in mind that the belt comes in three parts, which means that they can become misplaced when sitting down, as a few reviewers point out.


  • Makes you look instantly slimmer in clothes
  • Reduces swelling providing support to core abdominal muscles
  • Easy to adjust and put on by yourself
  • Lightweight with stretchy fabric for comfort


  • Tends to fold and become misaligned when sitting down
Materials:doesn't say
Cleaning instructions:doesn't say
Colour options:Beige
  • Three-belts-in-one – belly belt, waist belt, and pelvis belt
  • One size fits all – fully adjustable (10-14)

Best pregnancy support belt overall

Lola & Lykke Bamboo Maternity Support BandMelissa Hewkin / Mother and Baby

Mother&Baby 2021 Shortlisted Best Pregnancy/Maternity Product

The Lola Lykke Bamboo Maternity Support Band is the most supportive belt available for pregnancy. It comes with reinforced back support and a double-layer design with two adjustable compression straps that help lift up the belly and support the back. It's great for first-time mums-to-be, but also pregnant mums with toddlers and older kids.

Our mum tester Zoe loves how much more comfortable the belt made her feel, describing it to be like her bump and muscles were supported well when wearing the band. But she said it especially helped, considering she already had two children under three years to have to continue picking up and tidying after. Our mum tester Sophie felt the belt made her life easier for general tasks and activities, such as walking and shopping. She also found it was quick and easy to put on without having to use a mirror or asking for help.

Unfortunately, our mum tester Melissa reported that the product wasn't right for her though, saying, "I found it uncomfortable to wear. It gave me a strange silhouette and was very uncomfortable if I tried to sit down." However, she did find it helpful when worn for short dog walks and her bump was feeling really heavy, saying "it removes some of the weight and pressure," but also said, "I do find I have to keep moving it back down though when walking as it does ride up."

As an added bonus, a handy hot/cold pack sits neatly in the back pocket to alleviate back pains. Our mum tester Natalie thought this was such an amazing selling point. she says, "when used frozen it does relieve the stress of the extra weight in all the right areas." Mum Rebecca also loved the ice pack in the summer when it was really hot.

Mum tester Vanessa thinks the belt is a bit pricey, but also, as a sufferer of sciatica, the best thing ever! She says, "Can’t recommend it enough! It has helped my back so much and I no longer need to take painkillers. It’s very comfortable and you forget you're wearing it."

One thing to note is that you can't easily bung this belt in the wash. The recommended method for cleaning is to air out the support and wipe-off any surface stains with a damp cloth. If more intense cleaning is needed, you must gently hand wash it in cold water, but do not soak, and then lay it out flat to dry.

**Read our full Lola + Lykke Bamboo Maternity Support Band review.


  • Lining is friendly on sensitive skin
  • Hot and cold therapy gel pack is included
  • Wear underneath or over the top of your clothes


  • Not the snazziest of options
  • Not machine washable
Materials:Shell: 95% Bamboo 5% Spandex Core: 40% Polyester 40% Nylon 20% Neoprene Reinforced back support with two vertical ribs (PP)
Cleaning instructions:Recommended method: air out the support band and wipe-off surface stains with a damp cloth.<br>When needed: Gentle hand wash in cold water. Do not soak. Lay flat to dry.
Colour options:Black
  • Hot/cold therapy pack included
  • Recommended by Physiotherapists
  • Silky soft bamboo-viscose material
  • Dual adjustable straps
  • Comes in 4 sizes (S-XL)
  • Can be worn under or over your clothing

Pregnancy Belt - How to Use Safely

Each maternity support garment should have their own instructions on how to use them safely, as outlined by the brand, and you should follow this advice carefully. As well as this though, here are a few tips we found from Medical News Today on how to wear maternity support garments:

They say, "It may be best to wear belly belts, or the tightest part of any clothing, below the belly bump and above the pubic bone and hipline."

They also point out that: "Although there is little scientific evidence to confirm when women can safely wear supportive maternity undergarments, it is probably best to avoid them when:

  • in hot, humid, or elevated environments

  • working out or exerting a lot of energy

  • in areas with limited airflow

  • the pregnancy has complications

  • the mother is unwell"

Pregnancy belt FAQs

What is a pregnancy support belt?

Pregnancy support belts are wide-reinforced fabric bands designed for support and comfort during your pregnancy. They fit just under your bump and help lift it up slightly, alleviating some of the weight from your tummy and back. If you walk a lot or are feeling uncomfortable during your pregnancy, or if you're expecting twins, you will probably want to invest in a pregnancy support belt.

Not to be confused with belly bands, which are worn for comfort and coverage once your regular clothes stop fitting, and fit under your clothes like a pair of maternity tights.

Support belts, belly belts, and maternity belts can be used either during your pregnancy or for extra support post-partum.

Should I be using a support belt?

There is some debate about whether pregnancy belts are safe, but generally speaking, if used properly, they are. It's not recommended to use a pregnancy or maternity support belt while sleeping or for long periods of time. You will still get plenty of use out of it when you're out and about.

Like shapewear, pregnancy belts work by ultimately compressing the body. It's important to find one that fits properly and is fully adjustable. Always make sure to try a maternity belt on before you buy, or check the returns policy.

Sherry A. Ross, MD, author of 'She-ology, The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period', says, "Maternity shapewear that is too tight and puts too much pressure on the body is never a good idea. If you have trouble breathing or you're in pain while wearing your shapewear, that's a sign that it's probably too tight for you. Discomfort, pain, reduced blood circulation, and pregnancy heartburn are some of the potential issues from maternity shapewear that is too tight or worn for prolonged periods of time."

In addition, prolonged use of a maternity belt can lead to reliance on it for support, which is counter-productive. Instead, focus on developing your own core strength to support your bump and only use a pregnancy support belt as an extra aid.

Other criticisms of using maternity belts range from fastenings such as Velcro and poppers irritating skin or clothing and regular adjustments throughout the day (like after eating or when sitting down and standing up) being an inconvenience.

Are there alternatives?

If you're apprehensive about splashing out on one of the above products, you can give yourself some support using a homemade one out of a scarf or sarong.

About the experts

This article contains expert advice from Dr Sherry A. Ross, MD, author of 'She-ology, The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period'. An obstetrician-gynaecologist and health expert, she has been a fierce advocate for women's health for over 25 years. Dr Sherry was most recently honoured with The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary Angel Award for her contributions to advancing the narrative of women's health care.

Charlotte hoskin has also provided her expert advice and medically reviewed this article. Charlotte is a mum of two and a registered midwife who has worked in hospitals, as well as in a GP surgery as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and independent prescriber, specialising in gynaecology, women’s and children’s health and giving care to pregnant women with complex needs such as epilepsy and diabetes.

About the author

Lily Anderson has contributed to various Bauer Media brands such as Mother&Baby YoursWhat’s The Best, Closerheat and Spirit and Destiny as a Deputy Commercial Content Editor since 2019 and currently works at CPSL Mind as a Deputy Campaigns and Communications Manager.

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