The 7 Best Maternity Support Belts of 2021

Support your growing belly

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The body changes so much during pregnancy, and while it is truly incredible it can also be very, very uncomfortable. Back pain is a common pregnancy discomfort and that is where maternity belts come in! Maternity support belts and belly bands are designed to help ease the pain and pressure that come along with a growing belly. It should also be breathable and comfortable to wear for an extended period.

According to Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, APTA Spokesperson, and a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, the first step to addressing excessive back pain and pressure during pregnancy is to see a professional. Pagliano tells Verywell Family "Always seek the advice of a physical therapist if you're having pain with activity once you've discussed it with your OBGYN. You don't have to accept pain in pregnancy or postpartum just because it's a common symptom! There's a lot [physical therapists] can do to help."

Finding the right one can take some time though, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ones on the market with the best materials, sizing options, and support. 

Our Top Picks
Designed for both prenatal and postpartum use and is made from is stretchy and designed to mold to the body.
Combination of nylon and spandex and wraps around the back, secured in place with an adjustable velcro strap that won’t roll down.
What makes this belt stand out the most, though, is that it transitions as you progress in pregnancy and into postpartum recovery.
While it doesn’t provide lift to the belly, it is designed to assist with weight distribution and reduce lower back pain.
Designed to lift the belly to ease pressure, assist with weight distribution, and act as a back brace for low back support.
Made from a strong, stretchy fabric that provides support and compression while also being breathable.
Provides some support to the lower back, but it's primarily designed to lift and support the belly to relieve pelvic pain.

Best Overall: Belly Bandit Upsie Belly

Belly Bandit Upsie Belly
Pros
  • Pocket to hold a hot/cool pack (included with purchase)

  • Good for prenatal and postpartum use

  • Stretchy fabric that molds to your body’s shape

Cons
  • On the more expensive side

  • Some customers have had issues with the velcro’s longevity

While this support band/belt is on the pricier end, its design is worth it. It provides full support to the lower back, wraps around under the belly to provide lift, and has an adjustable closure to fit a growing belly. The belt is made from stretchy material with light compression and designed to mold to prenatal and postpartum bodies as well as a growing belly.

This belt may help moms and moms-to-be with bladder discomfort and back, sciatic, and leg pain, increase blood flow and circulation and possibly help prevent hernias and hemorrhoids. One of the coolest features, though, is that it comes with a hot/cold pack that fits into a built-in pocket on the band for moms to utilize heat and ice therapy.

Best Budget: Knowza Maternity Belt

Knowza Maternity Belt
Pros
  • Budget-friendly

  • Breathable fabric with stretch

Cons
  • Limited sizing

  • Not ideal for back pain

At this price, you can buy several of these maternity belts for the price of one of the other brands. It’s available in two colors and is designed to cradle the belly for support (however, it’s at the expense of lower back support).

The belt is made from a combination of nylon and spandex and wraps around the back, secured in place with an adjustable velcro strap that won’t roll down. The only drawback to this maternity belt is the limited sizing in either Large or Extra Large.

Best Plus Size: BABYGO 4 in 1 Pregnancy Support Belt

BABYGO 4 in 1 Pregnancy Support Belt
Pros
  • Back and belly support

  • Wide range of sizing options

  • Belt transitions as your pregnancy progresses

Cons
  • Design may not be comfortable for everyone

  • Lines from the belt will likely be seen under clothing

This maternity belt is available in a range of sizes, fitting women between sizes 2 and 20. It’s available in three colors and its unique design provides belly support and back relief. What makes this belt stand out the most, though, is that it transitions as you progress in pregnancy and into postpartum recovery.

It can be worn as a belly band, support band, and maternity belt and is designed to relieve sciatic pain, reduce swelling, ease round ligament discomfort, decrease back and pelvic pain, and more.

Best Belly Band: Belly Bandit Belly Boost

Belly Bandit Belly Boost
Pros
  • Provides excellent compression relief

  • Discrete when worn under clothing

Cons
  • Doesn’t lift the belly 

  • Some customers find sizing to be difficult

If you’re on the hunt for something to provide compression, but you don’t need a ton of support, then this is the band for you. It’s available in two colors and sizes ranging from XS to XL and is made from stretchy, breathable fabric that will fit as your belly continues to grow.

While it doesn’t provide lift to the belly, it is designed to assist with weight distribution and reduce lower back pain.

What Experts Say

“Typically pain that is more focused at the pubic bone (in the center) and more noticeable with activity, asymmetric weight-bearing (standing on one leg, stairs, fast walking) has a good chance of improving with a pregnancy/SI belt,”– Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, APTA Spokesperson, and a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist

Best for Back Support: NeoTech Care Pregnancy Support Maternity Belt

NeoTech Care Pregnancy Support Maternity Belt
Pros
  • Fully adjustable 

  • Excellent lower back support

  • Won’t slide or roll with movement

Cons
  • Support for standing only 

  • Bulky design

This maternity belt is designed to lift the belly to ease pressure, assist with weight distribution, and serve as a back brace for low back pain and support. It is fully adjustable with two velcro panels over the belly and two more under the belly and it’s made from thick, stretchy material that won’t slide or roll with movement.

This belt is particularly good for pregnant people who have to do a lot of standing throughout the day, but it is not designed to offer support while sitting as it has to be unhooked in order to sit safely and comfortably. 

What Experts Say

“It's important to consider the ‘why’ behind [your pain] and address any weakness or provide any activity modifications that may be appropriate. A pelvic health physical therapist can help address those issues,” – Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, APTA Spokesperson, and a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist.

Best Breathable: AZMED Maternity Belt

AZMED Maternity Belt
Pros
  • Provides pelvic and back support

  • Soft, stretchy, breathable fabric

  • Offers great compression

Cons
  • One-size-fits-most design can be somewhat limiting

  • Getting the fit just right can take a bit of tugging

During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to feel hot basically all of the time, so the last thing you want is a maternity belt that makes you sweat even more. This belt is made from a strong, stretchy fabric that provides support and compression while also being breathable.

It’s designed to wrap around the belly and back, lifting the tummy and relieving pressure in the lower back area with an adjustable velcro strap. Since it has a one-size-fits-most design, you should be able to adjust the belt to accommodate your growing belly throughout pregnancy.

Best Adjustable: Bracoo Maternity Belt

Bracoo Maternity Belt
Pros
  • Prenatal and postpartum design

  • Fabric is soft and stretchy

  • Can be worn discreetly under clothing

Cons
  • Limited lower back support

  • Velcro durability is a concern among some customers

You can wear this belt during pregnancy and postpartum recovery because of its adjustable design that accommodates a changing belly while also offering varying degrees of compression. It’s made from soft, stretchy fabric that is breathable and is discrete when worn under clothing.

It provides some support to the lower back, but it's primarily designed to lift and support the belly to relieve pelvic pain and pressure. 

Final Verdict

With a simple design, we love the Belly Bandit Upsie Belly Support Band (view on Amazon) because of its straightforward adjustability, full lower body support, and soft and stretchy material.

What to Look for When Buying a Maternity Support Belt

Material

A good maternity support belt is made to take the brunt of the pressure of a growing pregnant belly, so it needs to be made from strong, durable materials with quality craftsmanship, otherwise, it will quickly fall apart. Regardless of whether you’re wanting to wear this belt pre or post-baby (or both), you will get the best results with a belt made from thick fabric with a little bit of stretch so that it continues to provide compression as your body changes.

Unless you’re getting a belly band that slips on and off, you will also want to make sure the belt’s closure is strong and durable enough to withstand the tension of the belt. 

Sizing

“Many [maternity support belts and] bands are stiff and provide good compression, but are uncomfortable and cut into the belly or ride-up on a pregnant [person's] body,” physical therapist and women’s health clinical specialist, Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, tells Verywell Family. It is because of this compression that it’s so important to find a maternity support belt that fits correctly.

Look for something that fits a wide range of sizes because your belly will continue to grow before the baby comes so a belt that fits today may not fit in a week if it’s not sized correctly. When shopping for your maternity support belt, you should pay close attention to how their sizing works, because there isn’t a universal method. Use the size chart as your guide and take measurements of your body as needed to get the right fit.

“Find a band that provides sufficient compression with movement and is comfortable to wear regularly,” says Pagliano, because chances are high you’ll need to wear it fairly regularly. 

Support Type

Belts and belly bands are typically designed for prenatal or postnatal use, with a few made to work for both. Maternity support bands (without clasps of some sort) will usually provide compression but may not necessarily lift the belly up and carry some of the weight, whereas belts (those with clasps) are made to provide compression and carry some of the weight.

During postpartum recovery, a band that provides compression is appropriate as it provides support for you to stand up straight and rebuild your core strength.

FAQs

What is a maternity support belt?

As a pregnant person’s belly grows during pregnancy, her center of balance changes, and this can cause pain and pressure in the back and pelvis. For some, this change in anatomy is mildly uncomfortable but for others, it can be a daily problem and even create other issues such as sciatic pain. A maternity support belt is designed to alleviate some of that pain/pressure. “The [purpose] of a belt is to provide support/stability for a pelvis,” says Pagliano, “Belt use can be diagnostic, if the [person] can tolerate wearing it and it provides symptom relief, it may be a good option.” 

Can I use a maternity support belt during postpartum recovery?

It depends on the belt’s design, as some are made only for prenatal support. If the belt is made for postpartum wear, then you can certainly use it, however, its purpose will likely be different. “[During] postpartum, the goal is to build strength, and there’s the opportunity to do that without the extra issues of a growing belly,” says Pagliano, “the goal is to return to regular pain-free function.”

Bands designed for postpartum use can benefit any person recovering from childbirth but are particularly useful to those who delivered via c-section. “Bands can be helpful to address swelling and provide a short-term option for compression and support, especially after c-section,” Pagliano says, “that said, it should be a short-term option in conjunction with postpartum rehabilitation and support training, not a substitute.”

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Ashley Ziegler is a full-time parenting writer and mom to a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. She has personal experience in researching and purchasing a variety of children’s products and key considerations she used when selecting these recommendations include design, age appropriateness, and user reviews.

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