In recent decades, being pregnant has become more and more convenient. For the comfort of women in an “interesting position” new accessories are being created. The bandage is, of course, already a classic and most expectant mothers wear it to facilitate movement and relieve the feeling of heaviness when the tummy is already big. Do I need a bandage during pregnancy? From what period is it better to start wearing it? How to put it on correctly? Is there no harm from bandages? You should find answers to these questions before purchasing this device.
In what cases is wearing a bandage indicated during pregnancy?
The bandage belongs to the category of orthopedic devices and, depending on the type and purpose, is used in different situations to support muscles, organs and joints.
What is a bandage for during pregnancy? First of all, to reduce pain resulting from fetal pressure on the pelvic bones. It helps support the baby, which is why women with weakened abdominal muscles need this device.
The more active your lifestyle, the higher the need to wear a bandage, since it can significantly reduce the load on the spine when you are on your feet for a long time.
So, the benefit of wearing a bandage during pregnancy is that it:
- Supports the abdomen, being a good helper for weak abdominal muscles;
- Reduces fatigue, relieves a woman’s condition;
- Reduces pressure on the organs and bones of the pelvis;
- Reduces stress on the spine;
- Relieves heaviness in the legs;
- Allows you to stay active for a long time;
- Reduces the risk of a threat of miscarriage.
But still, nature is given to a woman the ability to bear a child without any adaptations. And, unnecessarily, that is, without medical indications and with good health, you should not use the bandage. Wearing it can greatly relax the abdominal muscles, as a result of which they will take longer to recover after childbirth.
The indications for using the bandage are:
- weak abdominal muscles;
- risk of miscarriage;
- if the pregnancy is multiple;
- the fruit is very large;
- low fetal position;
- previous abdominal surgeries;
- pathology of the cervix;
- regular long-term presence of a woman on her feet.
When do you start wearing a bandage during pregnancy?
There is only one correct answer – when you cannot cope without it. Not at all. Everything hurts, pulls, presses. Then we use the bandage as an emergency method.
Therefore, thinking about which week (month) of pregnancy to wear a bandage, first of all, listen to yourself and your feelings. The earliest is from the 22nd week of pregnancy, but it is better to do without it.
Imagine that for all 9 months you did not feel your body, wore a bandage, and during childbirth you will have to face a serious load.
The atrophied abdominal muscles will not allow you to effectively push and push the child. Doctors are right there – pressure on the abdomen, forceps, shouts at you for your weakness. No! This scenario will not work. From the 20th week of pregnancy, start working on your body and do not forget about psychological preparation.
This is a comprehensive, practical birth preparation program. Not theory, but practice! Something that only takes 15 minutes a day from you, but will have the greatest benefit to your body. And now, and in childbirth.
What kind of bandages are there?
Prenatal, postnatal and universal bandages are available.
It is designed to support the belly of the expectant mother, reduce the load on the organs and bones of the pelvis and the spine, and alleviate the condition during pregnancy. A prenatal brace may look like this:
- Shorts, panties: worn instead of underwear and have a supportive insert running under the belly in the front and along the lower back;
- Bandage belt: is a wide elastic band that is fixed with Velcro under the belly. It is worn over underwear. The size can be adjusted using special valves. Such a bandage is convenient in that it covers a very small area of the body.
- promotes uterine contraction;
- Recovery of muscle tone after the birth of a baby;
- Improving the skin of the abdomen;
- Formation of the correct suture after cesarean section.
Postpartum bandages also come in the form of ribbons, underpants, and panties. All of them are made from elastic fabric, which contributes to the safe tightening of the abdomen. They are usually worn for 3-4 weeks after delivery until the body recovers.
It can be worn during pregnancy and after childbirth. It is a belt with a wide and narrow sides. The bandage is fixed with Velcro.
- Before childbirth, it is worn with a wide part on the back, and a narrow one is fastened in front under the belly;
- After the birth of the child, the product is turned over: the narrow side is on the back, and the wide one tightens the stomach.
Universal bandages are very popular and economical these days.
How to choose the right bandage during pregnancy?
First of all, it is necessary to rely on the opinion of the doctor with whom you are registered for pregnancy and will be observed after childbirth. He will recommend what kind of bandage to buy, measure the circumference of the abdomen and the volume of the hips;
Based on these parameters, the size is selected. It is indicated on the packaging of each specific product (there are no universal sizes);
Pay attention to the composition of the product. It must contain cotton or viscose, allowing the skin to breathe. The stretch tab can be used: elastane, microfiber, lycra or polyester;
The volume of the bandage-belt is regulated by means of Velcro fasteners, so there should be enough of them to wear the device throughout the entire period of pregnancy and expand it as the abdomen grows;
Get bandages at pharmacies or maternity stores;
When buying, be sure to try on a bandage, move around in it. You should be comfortable.
Can i sit in a bandage during pregnancy?
Better not. Short trips in transport or a break on a bench – yes. But in general, the bandage is for walking and for physical exertion.
It’s up to you to decide, but, as a mother of three children, I can say that I wore a bandage only when symphysitis clearly manifested itself (pain in the pubic area in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy).
It was simply unrealistic to walk differently, the body hummed and groaned. In all other situations, I did without him and I think this is the best solution. Be attentive to your body, listen to the signals and everything will be great!