The generic terms such as "pregnancy belt" and "belly band" historically refer to a range of different maternity support garments that may safely help alleviate some discomfort throughout your pregnancy. However, these products should be worn in moderation and with caution to avoid any potential adverse effects3.
Pregnancy bands or belts, if worn excessively tight may potentially affect blood circulation, pelvic floor health, bowel function and may cause muscle deactivation of your lower abdominals and back. 1,2
Pregnancy bands or belts generally do not extend across the vulval area therefore are unable to treat vulval varicies. SRC Pregnancy garments' triple layer gusset panel provides even compression to the entire perineal area.
It is recommended that pregnancy belts or bands are to be worn for a limited number of hours at a time. 1,2
A number of belts aren’t designed to move with your body, which leaves you feeling restricted and require constant readjustment when sitting down or getting up.
Pregnancy belts or bands can sometimes be unflattering especially when worn under fitted clothing.
A number of belts pregnancy belts or bands have hooks, loops or velcro which might snag on your clothing.
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SRC Pregnancy Compression Garments were thoughtfully made to help mums look good and feel good during pregnancy. Unlike pregnancy belts, you can say goodbye to zippers, hooks, or velcros that snag your clothes and unflattering fits when wearing your favourite clothes.
Designed in consultation with an obstetrician, they utilise patented Anatomical Support Panels that deliver targeted compression for the ultimate comfort and multi-functionality while treating multiple conditions such as:
With multi-layered support panels called True Cross Compression, they provide consistent and anatomically targeted compression to give you freedom to move without the unwanted risks that pregnancy belts may cause from wrong levels of compression and wearing all day.
SRC continues to support women with quality garments that meet the real needs of Mum and all her family.
"Belts can dig into women whereas the [SRC] shorts are giving you support in all different positions which I really love." - Anna Scammel.
Anna Scammel is a Masters-trained Women's Health & Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist from The Whole Mother who helps optimise your physical health during pregnancy and recovery. See (90 seconds) why she favours SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts over Pregnancy Belts.
Michelle Kenway is a physiotherapist, an internationally renowned author and exercise instructor for women, whose educational videos have been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube, shows how to relieve pelvic girdle pain when sitting, walking and resting. At the 3min15sec mark she explains exactly how the SRC Pregnancy Shorts and Leggings assist in pain relief.
Mother of three, Vanessa, talks about her experience using our SRC Over The Bump Pregnancy shorts and the positive impact they had on her pregnancy journey.