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The Crave Belly Band gives mums-to-be the chance to extend the life of their wardrobe during pregnancy via a comfy, stretchy black tube, though make sure you get the right size.
When wearing the Crave Belly Band around what was once your waist, you can undo the button on your trousers underneath and so keep wearing pre-pregnancy clothes for longer. It will also keep your tummy covered up when your normal tops aren’t long enough any more, or when breastfeeding after your baby’s arrival.
The band is made from a stretchy combination of cotton and elastane, allowing it to expand with your growing shape while the fabric remains breathable. It only comes in black, but you can choose between three different sizes: small, medium and large/extra large.
What we love
The Crave Belly Band was certainly comfortable enough to wear all day, and the plain black design was pretty discrete when layered under my tops.
It came in handy by allowing me to keep wearing my familiar favourites for longer, particularly when my husband and I went out for an over-indulgent anniversary meal, and I could discretely pop open an extra button without my trousers disappearing on the way home.
It also proved useful once I moved into maternity clothes, by helping to keep loose trousers in place before my bump grew big enough to make them fit properly.
At £16, the price seemed reasonable for the amount of time I used the Crave Belly Band, and this was a definite saving compared to buying even more maternity clothes.
The Crave Belly Band is machine washable at 40 degrees, and dries quickly even though it can’t go in the tumble drier.
What to watch out for
This bump band isn’t one of the “strap ‘em up” medical devices designed to help prevent back ache, so the most you can hope for is some light support or a touch of warm if you’re used to your skin being exposed by tops riding up your bump!
I ordered my normal size, and was surprised the Crave Belly Band wasn’t tighter. While it did help keep my clothes up I wouldn’t necessarily rely on it when running for a bus. It might be worth trying a couple of versions, to make sure you get the right size for you.
The band also tended to move around, which meant I had to rearrange the positioning at regular intervals, and also keep checking that the two white labels weren’t sticking out.
Who is the Crave Belly Band best for?
Mums-to-be who don’t want to blow the budget on maternity clothes.
The Crave Belly Band is a comfortable and relatively discrete way to keep wearing familiar clothes for longer, and to ensure that loose maternity trousers stay in place. It’s designed for getting more out of your wardrobe, and so doesn’t offer more than light support for your growing bump. It can move about when worn, so you could need to keep repositioning your layers, and make sure you get the right size for a good trouser-holding fit!