10 of the best maternity belts

If you've got backache, lordosis, hip separation, sciatica, symphysis pubic pain during pregnancy or just need some extra support these could be the belly bands for you

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Wearing a maternity belt or pregnancy support band can really help during pregnancy, especially if you do you have lower back pain, or hip and pelvic pain.

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While any major pains in pregnancy are worth talking to your doctor about, if you’re carrying a lot of weight (maternity belts are great for multiple births) some support around your bump can go a fair way in easing the discomfort of the final few weeks of pregnancy.

It is worth noting that you shouldn’t wear the belts for more than a few hours at a time. Otherwise your muscles will get used to having that support. And, if there is a major underlying issue, you’ll want to fix it rather than mask the problem.

Nevertheless they can be seriously handy to have in the later stages of pregnancy – here’s our pick of the best.

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1. Emma Jane maternity support band, £9.50

Available sizes: 10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: yes, on a 40 degree wash

One of our mums who reviewed the Emma Jane maternity support band (aka the Reenie maternity support belt) admits that while originally she wasn’t sure about wearing the 3-inch flesh coloured band around her waist, when she started wearing it she got “instant relief” and her back and pelvis felt much less strained.

Recommended by a Women’s Health Specialist Physiotherapist at Grand Union Physiotherapy, this belt can be adjusted at the back and the front, and it can be used after pregnancy to receive backache.  

Available from: Ana Wiz

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2. Jojo Maman Bebe maternity support belt, £29.99

Available sizes: 8-10, 12-14, 16-18

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: yes, on a delicate cycle, maximum temperature should not exceed 30°C

Described as a “medical grade 2-part Maternity Support Belt”  this band can be used to support the lower back and abdomen during pregnancy and then used after birth.  

Our reviewers have said this is a great belt which offers good support it boasts and is easy to put on and adjust.  A slight issue is that some might find it a bit bulky under clothes – though generally this one gets a pretty big thumbs up.

Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe


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3. ProCare maternity belt, £25.49

Available sizes: 8-34

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: No, hand wash only 

This one panel belt has been designed to support your lower back and SacroIliac joint throughout pregnancy.

It comes in 4 sizes (small, medium, large, extra large) which goes from a size 8 all the way to a very substantial size 34!  And its elastic back also ensures greater flexibility.

Available from: Physio Room


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4. George at Asda set of 3 maternity bump bands, £10

Available sizes: 10, 12, 14 (S, M, L)

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: Yes, on a normal to cotton wash 

These bump bands aren’t so much made for support as for coverage and warmth as your baby bump grows.

You can wear trousers/skirts under the bump and still keep your tummy under wraps with these – and we love the fact they come in a three-colour multipack, too.

Available from: George at Asda


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5. Belly Bandit Upsie Belly Support Belt, £69.95

Available sizes:  8-26 (S, M, L, XL) 

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: No, hand wash in cold water only

Belly Bandit claim the Upsie Belly support belt eases sciatic, back and leg pain, minimises stretch marks, helps to relieve bladder discomfort, increase circulation and blood flow and can help to decreases varicose veins, hernias and haemorrhoids.  

While we can’t prove it does all of that, we do know it’s very supportive, or so says our reviewer.  Made from ultra-soft bamboo fabric it also includes a hot/cold gel pack for extra comfort and relief if needed.

Available from: Mothercare


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6. Cantaloop maternity support belt, £12.99

Available sizes:  8-26 (S, M, L, XL) 

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: Yes, on a normal to cotton wash 

Not as bulky or heavy duty as the other belts this bands still offers support when you’re pregnant.  Our MFM reviewer says; “it’s stretchy and was very easy to put on. There are no fastenings. I just stepped into it and pulled it up around my bump until it fitted snugly.” 

She also loved the fact the Cantaloop support belt is: “comfortable for daily wear – to the point you forget you have it on”. While it’s not a band that will extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes, it should last your whole pregnancy. 

Available from: John Lewis


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7. Maternity trochanteric support belt, £19.99

Available sizes: One size fits all 

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: Yes, on a normal to cotton wash 

If you’ve been told by your doctor you have symphysis pubic pain, this could be what you need.

The belt is one size fits all and is easily adjustable. If you don’t fancy wearing one of the wider supports that goes directly on your bump, this could be a good alternative.

Available from: Health and Care


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8. Cheeky Rascals Love Your Bump BellyBelt, £15.99

Available sizes: One size fits all 

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: Yes, on a 40 degree wash 

OK, so these aren’t support belts as such – but they’re such a nifty idea we just had to include them in this list.

These BellyBelts mean you can add a few more inches to your favourite jeans and skirts – so you don’t have to stop wearing them once you begin to show. Nice!

Available from: Cheeky Rascals


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9. Carriwell Comfort maternity belt, £15

Available sizes: 10-12, 12-14, 16-18, 20-22

Recommended for night use: No

Machine washable: Yes, on a 40 degree wash 

One of the key pluses of this award-winning belt is its knitting process, which means it doesn’t keep rolling down over your bump (a few online users cited this problem with other belts).

Another big bonus it’s the fact it’s nice and tight-fitting so you can wear it under your snugger outfits.

Available from: Figure 8 Maternity


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10. Be Safe pregnancy belt, £32.95

Available sizes: One size fits all

Recommended for night use: N/A

Machine washable: No, hand wash only

This belt has a really specific purpose – to make sure you’re comfy and to ensure safety when driving or travelling in a car while pregnant.

It holds the seatbelt at pelvis level to direct pressure way from your abdomen if there’s a collision and doesn’t in any way compromise the safety of your car seat belt.

Available from: Natural Baby Shower

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