A Flexible Pregnancy Support Belt was preferred by 82% of the pregnant women who were suffering from symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) in a recent small pilot study.
Over the years international research has shown the benefit of wearing a support belt during pregnancy for pelvic joint pain, also known as pelvic girdle pain. The symphysis pubis joint at the front of the pelvis or the two joints at the back of the pelvis called the sacro-iliac joints, can individually or all maybe unstable and painful.
The study researching the 'adherence, tolerance and effectiveness of two different support belts' was published in the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth - 2015
Read it here.... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339641/
It noted SPD causes significant pain and limits everyday activities, it may not resolve after childbirth and often reoccurs in subsequent pregnancies.
For these reasons it is vital for pregnant women seek help and not to believe SPD will cure itself or will go away after the birth.
The Smileybelt was the Flexible Support Belt used in the research, and the results and benefits of wearing it were:
* relieved pain
* improved daily function
* was more comfortable than a rigid belt
* because it was better tolerated it was worn for longer durations than a rigid belt
* had no adverse effects.
Causes of SPD are poorly understood - lifestyle, eg work activities, one or more pregnancies, genetics, hormonal or biomechanical factors are all possibilities.
But the symptom of acute pain with every step, no matter what the cause, is very debilitating and distressing. A pelvic support belt worn low around the pelvis can reduce the pain and distress and help maintain normal muscle tone and daily activity.
The Smileybelt is not only known as the most Comfortable Pregnancy Support Belt, it is also Versatile and is often worn as a Belly Support to reduce back pain and abdominal ligament and/or muscle strain.
Try wearing it like this in the evening while cooking dinner, bathing other children and other household activities and feel the relief as you take the weight off your tired back and tummy at the end of the day.