Girdles? Sheets? Scarfs? Belts? How are you supporting your pregnant belly?
January 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
Scarves and girdles; belts and sheets. Hold my belly; rub my feet.
Your belly’s growing like a balloon on helium only it’s not exactly rising, it’s dropping, pulling and weighing you down. A feeling any woman who has ever been pregnant knows only too well.
So, how are you supporting your pregnant belly? Some days, most days, you’ll do just about anything to take the pressure off. You’ve acquired the habit of cradling your hands underneath to lighten the load. Maybe you’ve transformed that pashmina you wear with your favorite little black dress into a belly binding savior. Or maybe, in an act of desperation, you’ve gone to the attic rummaging for that horrific, girdle-like Velcro contraption your grandmother use to wear. Believe it or not, a woman (not naming any names) has been known to throw all dignity to the wind, pull the bed sheet off the line and wrap herself in it like a mummy – pun intended – just to get a little relief for her poor belly.
Regardless of the chosen method, if it works it’s gold! Supporting your tummy through pregnancy is not a new idea. Women have been doing it for ages. In many countries, like Japan, it’s a cultural tradition. Belly binding has been with us for about as long as women have been getting pregnant. It’s a habit that is constantly evolving and has increasingly been making its way into mainstream western culture to assist today’s modern moms-to-be with that age old problem of holding up their pregnant bellies.
Let’s take a look at the options.
A girdle like this is as outdated as drinking and smoking during pregnancy! Oh, how times have changed – thankfully! Sure, girdles may work for some but, more often than not, the girdle just doesn’t do the job. And why would we expect it to? That’s not what it was made for. Using a girdle to support a pregnant belly is like using the oven to dry your blouse. The girdle’s stiff, oversized panel of Velcro will dig into your skin; it will be the ruin of your clothes. Sit down, bend over or pretty much move at all and it’s like having a tire rim around your abdomen. Motion and girdles just don’t go together. Oh, and let’s face it, wearing one of these babies doesn’t exactly do much in the ‘I wanna feel sexy’ department either!
It’s true, many have tried it at some point out of desperation. Usually on a day when we’re not expecting company, the doors are securely locked and the blinds drawn. It sounds crazy, I know, but the sheet, bless it’s cotton heart, can work. Wrapping yourself tightly in a sheet can be an effective way to relieve back pain as well as the pressure from your abdomen. So when home alone, don’t be shy. Grab the 60×80 Sunlight fresh panel of Martha Stewart love and take a load off!
In a pinch, this could work but will likely be a bit cumbersome and could interfere in what could’ve been an adorable maternity ensemble. You know what they say – a scarf is a scarf is a scarf. And though it is true that scarves and other fabrics are used in many countries for belly binding, with today’s modern, more fashionable options, why resort to a scarf? Do you use your toaster to fry an egg?
While the market is far from saturated with supportive and fashionable belts, there are some out there if only you know where to look. Be sure to check out the daisychain maternity line of support belts! They come sized and are totally adjustable, not to mention adorable so you can wear yours throughout your entire pregnancy. The fashionable maternity support belt is the modern method of belly binding for the 21st century. It’s a great option for pregnant moms-to-be who do not want to surrender style to comfort. Go ahead. Put one on. You’ll want to spread your arms and shout “Let’s go belly. It’s show time!
Supporting your pregnant belly is very important and there are amazing benefits to be gained. A support belt can relieve your back pain and abdominal pressure, improve posture and restore balance, ease exercise and daily activity and even reduce your chances of getting stretch marks. Wearing a support belt is completely safe and in fact your midwife or doctor will likely recommend one.
In the interest of full disclosure and, for those of you who don’t already know, she who is typing this is actually the daisychain girl and, yes, she is hawking the magic elixir but, for the record, she wouldn’t be if she didn’t believe in magic.