During pregnancy with my second son, I learned that some of my baby carriers could help support the belly during pregnancy. I wrapped my belly starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy to help with my chronic pelvic instability. (Pregnant women may also know this as symphysis pubis dysfunction or pelvic girdle pain. The difference with mine is that it may never go away).
I decided to use a woven wrap to lift and support the belly and give some compression to my back. A woven wrap is the sophisticated older brother of the stretchy wrap. They both are long pieces of fabric designed to wear a baby, but a woven wrap holds firm on the horizontal and vertical while stretching on the diagonal. This gives a much more supportive fit than a stretchy wrap can. Woven wraps have a higher price point than stretchies but also have a longer, more versatile life.
Wearing the wrap was more breathable and comfortable than even my mega-strength belly band. Sometimes I felt rather bold wearing my support outside of my clothes rather than underneath, but it was worth it!
Want to see how I do this? Check it out on You Tube.
Some women like to do the same kind of thing with a ring sling. Personally, I found that the ring sling could not actually lift the belly or stabilize my pelvis and hips, but it could give some belly compression. At the end of my pregnancy, I wanted to coax baby to flip face-down, and out of that pesky occiput posterior position, so I used a ring sling to apply gentle-but-firm pressure. It didn’t persuade my little guy to turn, but maybe it will work for some other mama out there. See the ring sling method in action on You Tube.