Post # 1
I have seen a couple of posts about belly bands and not quite sure what they are used for? Do I need one now, I am only 4 weeks along? Where can I find these bands and how do I know what size I need? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I got a Be Band from Target which is a very popular option for $17. Basically, it is a band made of stretchy material to be worn around the waist band of your pants. You can wear your pants unbuttoned and the band over them so they stay up and look smooth.
Post # 4
There are several brands out there . I have two I got from my sister from Motherhood Maternity and one that is the Bella Band brand. The only real difference between the two brands that I’ve noticed was fabric – the Bella Band is smoother lycra style material and the Motherhood Maternity ones are more like Spanx type material so things cling a bit more and the seams are quite as high quality. I’m not sure if there are several fabric options within one brand or not. I used mine starting around 8 to 10 weeks when my pants started getting tighter and buttoning them became more and more uncomfortable. About mid pregnancy I used them for under belly support as I got use to the new front-heavy belly I was carrying as well as keeping up my maternity pants as I grew into them and now (third tri) I am using them since some of my over-the-belly pants don’t go up quite as much as before and it smooths out the line. They are useful both pre and post-natal as you out grow your regular clothes, as you grow into your maternity clothes, and then back to your regular clothes.
Post # 5
I got mine at motherhood maternity for $17 and the versison they sell is called “The Tummy Sleeve”. I just started wearing it this week and I’m 24 weeks (I used a elastic hair tie for some of my jeans from weeks 18-24). I like it a lot so far…it folds down and smooths so that it isn’t obvious my jeans are not buttoned/zipped…and if it peaks out under my sweaters/tops it just looks like I’m wearing a cami. I plan to get another one and like the idea that it’ll help me transition back into my jeans after baby as well.
I am interested in other versions…I bought this one because I was in the store and it was what they had…I do not know if it’s any better/worse then others.
Post # 6
Get one!! They were great during the second trimester! Now…not so much. lol!
Post # 7
Belly Bands are great, and I loved the BeBands from Target. They allowed me to wear my pre-maternity pants unbuttoned for a long time, and then they also helped “hold up” my maternity pants when they were too big at first. Highly recommended.
Post # 8
Belly bands are a fabulous thing. That hairband trick to try and unbutton your pants and hold them together with a rubber band around the button did not work at all for me, it looked ridiculous. The band is just a wide band that lets you unzip your pants but still holds them up.
I’m 20-21 weeks and still at this ridiculous stage that maternity jeans, or at least the ones I’ve tried on, do not fit me they fall down and look like clown pants, seriously, the crotch on maternity jeans always falls at mid thigh for me. So I’m relying on the belly band whenever I want to go out in public not in stretch pants. From 12 weeks till now I can still feel good in my old jeans without worrying about crushing the baby.
They tell you on the back what size to get, and you can find them in most department stores or online, I got mine at Target.
Post # 9
I have both a Bella Band (gift from my sister, not sure where she got it) and a BeBand from Target, and I definitely like the Bella better- just fits/feels better, the BeBand didn’t hold its shape as well. I probably started wearing them with some pants around 12 weeks when that top button was just starting to get uncomfortable, and continued to wear them with some pants probably till around 20 weeks. Now I’m almost 26, and I haven’t even tried to wear them for a while since I’m in all maternity pants and I don’t really want anything constricting over my midsection, but the band might still work if i just folded it over or something so it fell under my belly.