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I really wanted to name this post Pregnancy Support Garments, but something about that just made cringe. Why? Probably because until now the only pregnancy support garments I’ve ever worn have been THE most uncomfortable things on the planet! I really wanted nothing to do those three words!
However, my original post on my diastasis recti receives daily hits from women just like me. I kind of feel like the national spokeswoman for diastasis recti! Because of that, I wanted to address a few of the comments in the original post that are specifically pregnancy related and also tell you of a new development!
First off, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about continuing to have babies after a substantial split. My split happened with my 4th child. I have had 2 children since then and am pregnant with the 3rd. For me, it has not been an issue to continue to have babies. My OB did mention she had one patient who’s uterus almost completely flipped over due to a lack of stomach muscles! And of course, you want to be sure there is no herniation. However, for most women, a diastasis recti is completely harmless and does not hinder carrying a baby to term.
As I said in my original post, for me, the major side effect (besides the big ole belly!) is my babies have plenty of room to move and tend to go breech rather than head down. This has created a need to turn my babies at the last minute to help me labor properly.
Another thing I have noticed is that it is much easier for me to wrench my muscles while pregnant. Turning over in bed, bending over the wrong way, etc can cause more pulling and ripping in my already sorry excuse for stomach muscles. That’s where my exciting news comes in!
You might have noticed the original post gives nothing in the way of support DURING pregnancy. The reason was as I stated earlier…I had yet to find anything I felt I could endorse because they were all sooooo uncomfortable. And honestly, what pregnant lady wants to be even more uncomfortable than she already is?
I can’t even tell you how I ended up on their site, but I know it was after searching and searching and searching for something that looked comfortable and was also something I hadn’t already tried.
My OB suggested I look for something that helped to pull my stomach muscles together, rather than simply support the underneath side of my belly as so many pregnancy support garments are designed to do. So, as I searched ContourMD’s site, that is what I had in mind.
The three I chose are the ones in the pictures above. You can find them in more detail here:
The first 2 do not offer the level of support I truly need; however, they are the most comfortable support garments I have EVER worn! In fact, I would recommend these be worn to bed (yes, they ARE that comfortable!) Because of needing to turn over in bed and tax your already weak stomach muscles, wearing something like this that is comfy, yet provides a level of support too is perfect for bedtime!
Now, the Strong Support Belt does offer the level of support my severe diastasis needs. It isn’t uncomfortable like most support belts I’ve worn. There is a wide band that goes across your back and then a velcro portion that goes under the belly. This offers support both to your back and stomach muscles as well as holding your belly in place. I’ve found my favorite way to wear the belt is to combine it with one of the other two support garments for maximum comfort and support.
So, if you are dealing with diastasis recti, please do your exercises, be careful not to tax your stomach muscles too much, and check out ContourMD’s support garments!
Disclosure: I contacted ContourMD & asked to test the 3 garments in the hopes of finding something I could recommend to readers. I am so thankful they have worked out so well!
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