Being pregnant is a magical experience, but let's be honest, it can also be very uncomfortable. Our mission is to help alleviate pregnancy pain to help make you more comfortable. Below you can read more about some of the most common pregnancy pains that the Jill & Joey Maternity Belt was designed to help with.
Round ligament pain
These are growing pains around your middle as your uterus expands and are often sudden and sharp. Many women start having this pain from about 14 weeks into their pregnancy, but it can occur at any time from the second trimester onwards. The pain often gets worse when you move, like when you're walking, exercising, changing positions, or even when you sneeze, cough or laugh.
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
The closer you get to giving birth, the more relaxed your ligaments become around your pelvis (which is supposed to happen). A result of this though, can be that your pelvic joint (symphysis pubis) becomes unstable which can cause pain around your pelvis, including your back, hips and thighs. SPD/PGP often occurs during single-leg movements like going up stairs, lunging, balancing on one foot and even walking. Opposed to the sharp and short nature of round ligament pain, SPD/PGP feels more like a bruise and usually lasts longer.
It is very common for your hands, ankles and feet to swell during your pregnancy, which is called edema and affects roughly 75% of all pregnant women. The swelling can vary depending on what time of day it is and what the weather is like. Edema is a result of an increase in body fluids to nurture both you and your baby, which in turn accumulates as a result of your growing uterus putting more pressure on your pelvic veins.
If you are experiencing round ligament pain, pelvic discomfort (PGP/SPD), back pain, or swelling of hands, ankles and feet, the Jill & Joey belly band might be for you! Our pregnancy belt can help support your uterus if worn lower on the abdomen, which can help lift the baby off your pelvis.
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