NOTE: The brace I reviewed in this post is no longer available. I have found another brace I really like from The Tummy Team – a 3-Panel Splint found on their Abdominal Splints page.
I feel like shouting from the roof of my house! FINALLY! Finally, I’ve found a brace that covers my diastasis completely, stays put, isn’t too bulky, and is comfortable! YIPPEE!
OK, a little background for those of you who don’t know what I am talking about…
About a year ago, I did something I swore I would never do…I posted pregnant belly pics. For most people that’s no big deal. For me, it was huge…literally. I have what is called a diastasis recti, which means in layman’s terms a split in my stomach muscles. My split is complete from top to bottom. I always look pregnant to some extent. It is a condition that is very difficult for me to deal with emotionally and physically. Someday I hope to have the surgery to correct it, but that someday is not now.
So, I told you in my Pregnant and Huge post that I wore something SIMILAR to the brace pictured there. However, I didn’t realize how very UN-similar what I owned was to that brace until I actually purchased the brace in that post. You see, the brace I did own was worn out. I needed something new, so I ordered a new brace from PainReliever.com. I was so excited to try this new brace because it looked so much sturdier than the one I did own. The difference was drastic and utterly AMAZING!
See for yourself…
My diastasis recti brace is actually listed as a “back support brace”; however, it also lists abdominal compression as one of its attributes. And boy, let me tell you, it works! The brace is 9″ wide, so even the largest diastasis is covered by the brace. The velcro on the brace is ultra strong and the extra straps help compress my muscles even more.
And it is comfortable! Now that is saying a lot! Most of the braces I’ve worn outside of pregnancy I want to take off the second I put them on. This one I wear day after day and never feel that way. I will admit my back does get a bit sweaty, but it doesn’t soak through to my shirt, so I can live with that.
I know the price may seem a bit steep, but if you have a diastasis recti, you know what life is like always fielding the “when are you due” questions, not having your clothes fit right, and always feeling uncomfortable. The way I feel wearing this brace is well worth the $47.91.
**Through a wonderful series of events I was able to receive my diastasis recti brace for free; however, I would not hesitate to spend the money to get another one (and probably will once I lose enough weight to justify a smaller size).**
I just cannot say enough good about this brace and what it has done for me! I feel like things are more “together”. I can bend and lift and not worry about doing even more damage to my muscles. My clothes fit better, and I just feel better. Thank you so much, PainReliever.com! I could just hug you!