Post # 1
How many of you ladies wore a belly band during pregnancy?
I bought two pairs of pregnancy jeans and since I only can wear them 6ish months, I didn’t want to buy anymore. But I’m starting to really miss some of my “old” favorite jeans, I can button them because they’re low cut (i’m not carrying low yet) but it creates a horrific pooch all around my midsection – yuck!
Anyone had success with the band – does it smooth out extra pooch that non-maternity jeans give you?
also how long were some of you able to wear the band before you were too big?
Post # 3
My band works pretty well (I have the one from Motherhood). I usualyl have to wear a hairband in my button-loop and then the band to get it to work right though.
I did score 3 pairs of maternity jeans a couple days ago for $4 a piece. Two of them are full-panel and a bit too big, so my belly band has been wonderful holding them up until I get bigger.
Post # 4
I havent tried the belly band at all, Does it feel tight and stretchy over your belly? because I dont think I’ll like that feeling, right now I cant even stand it if the elastic waist band of my sweat pants is on my belly I have to pull it way down to my hips, so I dont know if belly bands are right for me
Post # 5
I used the Bella Band and it allowed me to use my pre-pregnancy pants through week 35. Loved it.
Post # 6
I bought two bella bands and wore them a bit, but I finally caved and bought my first pair of maternity jeans and they are just way more comfortable for me than the bands were. I didn’t like having that band around my midsection, and somehow a panel on maternity jeans is more comfortable to me.
Post # 7
I’m just at 17 weeks, and my bella band is a lifesaver. My pre-pregnancy jeans still fit but they’re definitely getting uncomfortable and my work pants (which are cut higher) are super uncomfortable. The bella band hold everything up and smooths everything out nicely. It does slip a bit during the day, but I found it no worse than adjusting a cami that might ride up a bit under a sweater.
Maternity pants are still ridiculously big on me so its a good interim solution for me. I have heard that if you naturally have bigger hips/waist the bella band might not be as effective. I’ve always been pretty straight up and down so it wasn’t an issue for me.
Post # 8
Oh, good question. I HATE that feeling as well. Target has a sale on them this week so I might pick one up!
Post # 9
I had a black one and a white one and wore them up until the day Dirty Delete was born. The were lifesavers. I thought they were super comfortable. It didn’t bother me at all being on my belly
Post # 10
@regberadaisy: Yeah I might have to go try it on in the store and see how I feel about it but I’m anticipating that I wont like it!
Post # 11
I only bought one pair of maternity pants. And even when I wear them I have to have my belly band on underneath or they slide down. I wear my band every single day, and I’m 38 1/2 weeks.
Post # 12
The one from Target worked fine for me with a baggy top, but after a few weeks I grew to hate it and switched to maternity pants or scrubs for work. It just got too hot, and I was a little depressed that my old pants weren’t very comfortable.
Post # 13
I’ve gotten a lot of use out of mine. I used them until my pre-pregnancy pants stopped working, then wore them with maternity pants that were still too loose (but I couldn’t fit into pre-pregnancy pants). I’ve used the band to make unbuttoned skirts and shorts work. There’s not much pre-pregnancy clothing that I can fit into now, even unzipped and unbuttoned, but it got me through to 8 months, so no complaints. I imagine I’ll use it as I transition out of maternity clothes/into pre-pregnancy clothes as well.
And–I just realized they may come in handy while nursing/getting my belly back in shape too. (Wearing them underneath normal shirts + a nursing cover should keep things fairly modest if I’m nursing in public. A stretchy belly covering nursing camisole will do the same thing of course, but just thinking in terms of getting extra mileage out of the bella band.)
And PPs concerned about the tightness around the belly– I’m with you, can’t stand elastic around the waist at all, ever. But the BellaBand and the BellyBand (the Target version) were both comfortable for me. More comfortable than the elastic in maternity pants.