Can You Wear A Posture Corrector While Pregnant?

Though pregnancy is a beautiful journey that many women look forward to experiencing, it can understandably cause a great deal of stress on your body, particularly on your back. As your baby grows, your front end becomes heavier and heavier, putting more pressure on your spine to carry the load.  There are also varying factors and phases your body goes through while pregnant that all lead to joint aches. These include:

  • Weight gain
  • Posture changes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Muscle separation
  • General stress and anxiety
  • Tension in your muscles and ligaments

And while feeling all these are good signs that your baby is healthily getting bigger, it does not mean you need to power through all that pain with no methods of relief. A common denominator for the factors above that can greatly ease your pain is keeping your posture in its proper state. How exactly can you do so while pregnant?

Invest in a posture corrector

A posture brace that does not put too much constriction around your midsection is a handy tool that provides expecting mothers with great support for both your abdomen and back. As your belly grows, your posture changes with it. You will soon find yourself trying to compensate for the heavy load up front by bending backwards – which, when done drastically, just puts pressure on the wrong areas as well.

By helping lift up the extra weight, you relieve your muscles and joints from soreness, aches, and stress. Back braces can greatly improve your pregnancy posture and slowly reduce your lower back pain.

How far along the pregnancy can I start wearing a back brace?

We highly recommend speaking with your doctor before investing in a posture corrector. Your doctor can also better provide you with recommendations based on your personal situation.

Generally speaking, however, pregnant women usually start wearing the device when they feel build up on their lower back up until term.

How long can I wear a back brace for?

While correctors offer amazing support, they can also sit snugly around your waist. Because of this, you need to give your body ample time to rest from the compression by only wearing the belt for 3 – 4 hours per day, or as your physician prescribes.

Benefits of posture correctors for pregnancy

More often that not, expecting mothers find relief from pregnancy-related aches while wearing a brace. This handy tool offers multiple benefits, such as:

Ample Support

As mentioned, a corrector is a great way to support your abdominal area and your lower back. It can greatly aid in taking pressure off your muscles and spine as your care for your growing baby.

Enforces healthy posture

Pregnancy shifts your center of gravity, and can easily throw your spinal alignment off. Frequently hunching or overcompensating by bending backwards can put a strain on your muscles. By wearing a brace, you can be gently guided back to the proper position and eventually know how to reposition yourself while it is off.

By wearing it in the early stages of your pregnancy, you can minimize the intensity of postural changes and get ahead of back pain that my occur because of it.

Alleviates stress and pressure on lower back, abdomen, and pelvis

The extra weight from your growing baby leads to lumbar pain. With the help of a posture aid at least 3 – 4 hours a day, your muscles will be relieved of this pressure, minimizing tension and preventing strain.

Some braces also gently reposition your belly. This adjustment takes stress off certain angles and does wonders for your pelvic region.

Prevents lumbar pain and pelvic girdle pain

Regularly wearing a back brace can help alleviate the symptoms of these two main types of pregnancy pains.

Lumbar pain is centralized on your lower back and can spread throughout the rest of your body – most especially your legs and feet. One factor is the expansion of your uterus affecting its surrounding muscles, bones, and ligaments.

Pelvic girdle pain is more common for pregnant women and is usually due to the repositioning of the hips and pelvis as your pregnancy progresses. It has been described as deep, stabbing pains that start at the hips and travels up your back, then down to your thighs and calves.

Practice healthy posture habits

Apart from investing on a helpful tool such as a posture brace, we recommend pairing it with healthy posture habits. As your center of gravity shifts forward during pregnancy, you can take the following baby steps (no pun intended) to ensure your spinal alignment stays in good condition.

Healthy habits for sitting down:

  • Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and positioned towards your back.
  • Ensure your rear touches the back of your chair.
  • Keep both of your feet flat on the floor.

Healthy habits for standing up:

Healthy habits for sleeping:

  • It will be physically impossible to sleep on your stomach while pregnant, but we recommend refraining from doing so even before pregnancy and post partum.
  • Sleep on your side with a pillow tucked in between your legs. The spine is slightly unbalanced when you position your body sideways but a pillow between your legs can help even it all out.
  • Sleeping on your back while pregnant adds pressure to your internal organs, so best to keep away from that position as well.

Posture correctors we recommend for pregnancy

Here is a guide to our most recommended braces fit for pregnant women. While these are perfectly safe for expecting mothers, we highly encourage you to speak with your medical physician about the best options for you and your condition before investing in one.

Compact, highly portable, and easily concealable options:

Ample support and extra comfortable options:

Ample support with a waistband feature and tourmaline magnets: