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April 14th, 2014, 01:54 AM
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Last PG my OB (she seriously is more midwifey then the midwives I've seen!! LOL) recommended bella bands for my abdominal pain and to help with the early contractions. Being so short, I have no where for baby to go and I get super bad pelvic pain early one (well I have the last two pg's) due to all the weight the baby puts on my pubic bones from sitting so low, etc. That or it could be a little SPD for those who know what that is and what I'm talking about (SPD is separation of the pubic bones and is super super painful).

Anyway, I bought some of the target brand bella bands and used those and they were AMAZING! The extra support they gave to my belly helped so much! I also bought a support belt, and gawd, those things NEVER seem to help me! This time I'm definitely going to get the bands again, but I was wondering, does anyone know if there are any with a bit more compression? I could go with SPANX, but in the hot summer mo?! The bands helped until I was into the end of the second tri start of the third tri. So when I got too big basically, lol.
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April 14th, 2014, 09:18 AM
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I use shapers like this for support: Sears.com

The boy short are the most comfy under shorts imo and I like "bike short" length for under pants/skirts/capris.


Mine is really thin and breathable so it's not crazy hot/uncomfortable in the heat .


I hate the support belts...they never stay in place and they're hot! I do like the bella bands, but they're not supportive enough after awhile and they don't always stay in place either.


I have even worn full body shapers (shoulders to mid-calf) until delivery, but I was pg through the winter...wouldn't be doable through the summer.
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April 14th, 2014, 09:28 AM
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Those look like the spanx I used to have. How did you order your sizing when you got bigger? Did you just go a size or two up?
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April 15th, 2014, 10:37 AM
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I have only ever used spanx when NOT pg LOL

What about a PP support belt, like for after a c/s. They have velcro so you could adjust it to the level you want. The one I had was made of a mesh like material and very breathable.
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April 15th, 2014, 10:49 AM
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Those look like the spanx I used to have. How did you order your sizing when you got bigger? Did you just go a size or two up?
Yup, just went up a size .


I think spanx is a bit thicker and a little more constrictive...I've tried that brand on before.


I've also gotten the "light support" type in my pre-pg size and it works fine...ha, actually got it at Walmart .
Eta...I don't have any problems with varicosities, but I'd probably run it by my dr before using the shorts style if I did.


The other thing I wanted to mention is I really like them pp and while bfing since it's high-waist and covers my belly if I'm wearing a shirt I have to lift up.
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Excuse my ignorance here lol, is this like a girdle? What does it do?
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April 15th, 2014, 11:17 AM
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OMG...I am so excited...I NEVER knew this existed! I just purchased one from Amazon.com for $11.95 lol!! i will let you know how I like it. Thank you for the tip!
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April 15th, 2014, 03:21 PM
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I have only ever used spanx when NOT pg LOL

What about a PP support belt, like for after a c/s. They have velcro so you could adjust it to the level you want. The one I had was made of a mesh like material and very breathable.
The ones I've always had dug into my lower abdomen and never offered much support. I am thinking about the full body ones maybe for work but they're so expensive to wear only once.


I'll have to try the one posted above. It's cheap so jot a big deal if it doesn't work. If it does and I want extra support I can go ahead with some spanx.
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April 15th, 2014, 06:25 PM
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I'm thinking at some point I'll wrap my belly with a woven wrap. It won't be the best thing for out and about, but it will work while we are home.
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April 15th, 2014, 09:51 PM
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What about a sports one? I know most are breathable and wicking and adjustable... Most seem to be a foam stretchy type material so more than the bella band but less than the support belts that can dig.just a thought!!
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I'm thinking at some point I'll wrap my belly with a woven wrap. It won't be the best thing for out and about, but it will work while we are home.
I've seen that! I might have to try that too, but in the summer it will be sooooo hoooooot.
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April 16th, 2014, 05:21 AM
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Huh! Who knew?! I've never heard of any of these things. I will have to check them out maybe when I get further along.
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April 16th, 2014, 07:37 AM
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I've seen that! I might have to try that too, but in the summer it will be sooooo hoooooot.

Tell me about it. I'm in Arkansas.
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