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Back and pelvic pain in pregnancy is incredibly common, and finding a solution isn’t always easy. The Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt is a straightforward way to combat those niggles.
If someone had told me before I was pregnant that I’d spend several months walking around with a giant piece of skin-coloured elastic around my waist I’d have recoiled in horror. But at 18 weeks pregnant with Mia I started suffering from pelvic and back pain, commonly called pelvic girdle pain. I’m now 16 weeks pregnant and am just feeling that familiar old creak again.
Our bodies produce hormones when we’re pregnant that help our ligaments relax so our baby can get out. Unfortunately that can lead to the funny pelvic sensation that everything is not quite as it should be.
The Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt is a large elasticated belt, about 3 inches wide, which sits across your back and under your bump. I usually wore mine over a vest, to stop it scratching my skin, but under clothes so the whole world didn’t have to see what was keeping me together. It has Velcro at the front and sides so you can adjust both the size and tightness depending on how much support you need. It comes in two colours, white and skin.
It works for any shape, you just buy the size you were before you got pregnant and I used the same one right until the end of my pregnancy.
What we love
As soon as I started wearing the Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt I had instant relief. Both my back and pelvis felt like they had less strain on them and the horrible wobbly feeling I’d had for weeks disappeared.
One of my biggest problems was that my pelvic pain meant I couldn’t walk as far – the Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt means I can walk more than 100 yards without pain!
The belt is easy to get hold of; you can buy it online or in a number of high street and maternity retailers.
What to watch out for
The Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt can be a little tricky to fit at first and I do know other mums who have taken it to their midwife or physiotherapist and they’ve shown them how to use the belt. I just found it took a bit of practice to get the right position and tightness for my personal needs.
The belt feels odd to wear at first, but within a few minutes I usually forget I’m wearing it. I do find if I leave it on for a few hours it becomes uncomfortable so I just whip it off in the evenings when I get a chance to put my feet up.
Who is the Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt best for?
Mums suffering back and pelvic pain during and post-pregnancy.
The Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt is easy to use, inexpensive and lasts the whole of your pregnancy. Not the most stylish item you’ll ever own but it’s worn under your clothes and can be a real relief if you suffer from back and pelvic pain.