Monday and Tuesday I had rather excruciating pain on my sides...a strained feeling. Tuesday night I had DH drive me to the Motherhood outlet and bought this support belt, which I see they no longer carry as of today, but it is available on Amazon. It's the Loving Comfort maternity support belt:
I just want to say that I wore it all day yesterday (I did not use the over-belly strap part, which is optional) and SWEET RELIEF! I had no pain at all at the end of the day, side strain or back. The sales girl said it is more for women carrying multiples, of which there are quite a few of us here, so I thought I'd share.
I searched through a couple of older threads here on MDC and seemed to find mixed reviews on support belts, so I just thought I'd add my two cents. If you are feeling pain/strain, I highly recommend trying one of these. It is not quite "invisible under clothing" as it proclaims, but the only little bulges are around the bottom of my belly and I'm wearing mostly tunics these days anyway.