By Wendy Wisner, Jan 11, 2023

Belly bands refer to flexible tube-like compression devices that cover the abdominal and back area of a pregnant person, says Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, a physician double board-certified in obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. The term “belly band” is often used to refer to a broad category of abdominal support devices and may include belly bands, belly belts, and maternity cradles, says Dr. Gaither. “Their purpose is to provide support to the lower back and abdomen, with the intent to decrease musculoskeletal pain,” Dr. Gaither says.1 Pregnant people often experience physiologic lordosis (inward curving of the spine) which can result in lower back pain.2 “Supporting the back and lower abdomen helps diminish this occurrence,” Dr. Gaither explains.1

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