Pregnancy support bands are useful to alleviate backache during pregnancy, since they properly support the weight of your belly. Pregnancy support bands are available to purchase in most baby and maternity stores, but if you have your own sewing machine, it is easy to make your own support band.
It is a good idea to choose the elastic in a color that blends in with your pants. That way, if any of the belt pokes through your clothing, it will blend in. Since most women wear dark pants, and it is common to find black or white elastic, it is best to use black elastic and Velcro.
The most comfortable way to wear a support band is over your pants, but underneath your top. That way, the bare elastic and Velcro will not rub against your bare skin.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing machine
- Thread (black, or color of choice)
- Measuring tape
- 2 1/2-inch wide Elastic (length required depends on circumference of stomach, see step 1; black, or color of choice)
- Velcro (sew-in type, black, or color of choice)
Use the measuring tape to measure the circumference of your belly around the largest part. Add five inches to accommodate Velcro overlap and additional growth as your pregnancy advances. For example, if your belly is 45 inches, the total elastic length should be 50 inches.
Cut the elastic to that measurement.
Separate the Velcro, and sew the first piece on to one end of the elastic.
Pin the second piece of the Velcro onto the other end of the elastic. Check the fit of your pregnancy support band by trying it on, making sure that the Velcro front and back pieces are aligned properly. If the Velcro is not aligned, move it until the support band gives a proper fit, and pin the Velcro into position.
Sew the second piece of Velcro on, and you've completed the pregnancy support band.
Tips & Warnings
- Some women require more support. If this is the case, it may be necessary to add an additional band. In this case, buy a second length of elastic and a second piece of Velcro. Sew the Velcro on to the elastic using the same dimensions as the first piece. Then, sew the two pieces of elastic together along the long edges. By using this method, you will have a belt that is almost five inches wide, giving you more support.