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Review: Belly Bandit’s Upsie Belly

There’s an old wives’ tale that says if you’re carrying your baby low and all out in front, you’re expecting a boy. Well either that’s completely opposite for me, or the doctors have been way off for the past 8 months. Let’s hope it’s not the latter because there’s a lot of pink going on in our house.

While carrying all out in front has its benefits, it also puts tremendous strain on your lower back. Every time I get up (or bend down, or roll over, or walk …) I get shooting pains through my sciatic nerve and have to hobble around like my 90-year-old grandmother. Still, I scoffed when my doctor suggested I start wearing a maternity support belt. She described it as “this harness that goes over your shoulders and under your belly,” and all I could picture was a Pepsi delivery guy. Ummm, no.

Photo via Bellybandit.com

But a couple of months ago, the pain got the better of me and I caved. I tried on several different versions at the maternity store and settled on the Belly Bandit® Upsie Belly. It was by far the most expensive one there ($70 as compared to $25-40 for the others), but I chose it for several reasons:

1. It was the most comfortable one I tried on- and when you’re hugely pregnant and uncomfortable enough as it is, this is incredibly important.

2. Of all the different types, this one was the least obvious under my clothes.

3. The design was simple- going around the back and securing under the belly- in a way that didn’t make me feel like I needed an engineering degree to put it on everyday.

The best compliment I can possibly give the Upsie Belly is that I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get it. It has been a lifesaver these past couple of months! As soon as I put it on, I feel instant relief in my back and support for my belly.

Is it invisible? No, of course not. I don’t usually wear it with dresses (it’s much easier to hide with pants and a top), and there are some shirts where it’s more obvious than others. But for the most part, it’s discreet enough that people don’t even realize I’m wearing it. It’s definitely more hidden than the stark white over- and under-the-belly contraption I tried on while shopping, that’s for sure.

I don’t normally wear the Upsie Belly to work because I sit at a computer all day. When sitting for long periods, the belt puts added pressure on my lower belly, which is both uncomfortable and makes me have to pee even more than I already do. But when I know I’m going to be on my feet, I never go without it. Not only does it help to alleviate my sciatic pain, but it lifts my belly up just enough to give me some relief from the pelvic pain and pressure that I’ve been experiencing.

If your doctor has recommended that you invest in a support belt, I would highly suggest at least trying on the Upsie Belly. Yes, it’s more expensive than most, but for me, it has been worth every penny. I think if I had opted to save the money and get one of the other ones (which were more uncomfortable and more obvious), I wouldn’t wear it as much as I do the Upsie Belly.

Take Your Bump Shopping!

Courtesy loft.com

When I was pregnant, nearly all of my maternity clothes came from Gap and Target. This was mostly because, other than maybe Old NavyMotherhood, and A Pea in the Pod, there was nowhere else to go. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Gap and Target had really cute, inexpensive maternity clothes, but there’s only so much variety when you can count the stores you can shop in on one hand. Of course, now that I’m no longer pregnant, so many more stores are launching maternity lines. So, for all my pregnant mama and mama-to-be friends, here are a few more shops you can check out to dress the bump!

Loft Maternity  Just like the regular store, Loft’s maternity line offers great options for the office that are classic and versatile.

Courtesy hm.com

Forever 21’s Love 21 Maternity It probably feels a little weird shopping for maternity clothes here, surrounded by 13-year-olds, but they do have good inexpensive basics. There are a few items online, but you’ll need to find a participating store to get the most out of this maternity line.

H&M H&M’s Mama line is a good bet for cute jeans and tees. Several stores, including the Tysons Corner store for those in the DC area, have a pretty good selection.

There are also a few online deals sites that have great maternity selections, including. . .

Zulilly This site is mostly known for their great deals on things for the little ones, but they nearly always throw in a few deals for moms and moms-to-be as well.

Totsy Similar to Zulilly, this site offers daily deals on maternity brands in addition to their other deals.

Know of any other great places to find cute maternity clothes?