There are lots of products out there on the market for pregnant women to help them feel more comfortable. Supportive clothes, pregnancy pillows, supportive shoes, and a belly band. Whether or not you need any of these items is totally up to the person. And whether or not the person is uncomfortable enough to need something. I have been blessed this second pregnancy where I am carrying my baby super low and he has been predicted to be about 8lbs 12oz by the end of it all. So low giant baby leads to some discomfort.
At the beginning of my pregnancy I had a tendency to compare this one to my first pregnancy, and when someone would suggest that I could benefit from a pregnancy pillow I would roll my eyes and be like well didn’t need one for my first pregnancy don’t think it will help in this one. Well I was wrong, my husband finally tired of hearing me complain about hip, shoulder and back pain while I slept just ordered me a pillow. That was the greatest thing in the world. Boy did it relieve some of the aches and pains and I actually could get a good night’s sleep.
Well now that I am at the 36 week point in the pregnancy, the pillow was no longer helpful. My belly was too big and the pillow having a soft case over it was making me too unbearably hot. So packed that away and am back to sleeping with a pillow for my head and a pillow between my legs. As my pregnancy has progressed I have been getting lots of pelvic pain, cramping in my front abdomen, and sometimes when I stood up, it felt like the baby was going to fall out. None of these are pleasant. I would come home from work and just be exhausted from the discomfort. I tried different pelvic stretches that were supposed to help. I even spoke with my doctor and got, “Yep, second pregnancies with big babies are a kick in the butt.” Well that is not helpful. I figured I needed to do my own research on the matter.
In my research I found belly bands. Now I thought these were silly, but as I mentioned before I thought pregnancy pillows were silly too and they got me through my second trimester. Belly bands are used to support your lower back and abdomen. There are lots of different styles of them. Some that come up over the top of your belly completely, others that come up halfway, and then there are some that are just at the lower part of your belly. Belly bands are said to be able to reduce the pain you are having from either sciatic nerve pain in your back or round ligament pain. They give you gentle compression while wearing them giving you the ability to do daily activities in more comfort. Depending on the type you get it can also help with posture not allowing