From the beginning of pregnancy to the postpartum period, your changing belly might need a little extra support like a plus size belly band! There are just as many reasons why you might require one as there are gizmos, like a plus size maternity support belt, plus size belly band, or plus size postpartum girdle, to meet your needs. Below we'll review the different benefits they may provide, types of support accessories, and where to find one that fits. 

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Plus Size Belly Band And Support Belts

Benefits Of Wearing Plus Size Maternity Support Belt Or Belly Band 

  • Allows you to wear your pre-pregnant clothes longer
  • Makes your belly look smooth under your clothes
  • Prevents built-in bands on maternity pants from creeping down
  • Provides back support
  • Helpful if you work on your feet
  • Get a better night’s sleep
  • A belly band can help to hold monitors in place during labor 
  • Helps mom to feel more comfortable following a c-section
  • Provides a feeling of tightness to your postpartum belly
  • Allows you to transition back into your pre-pregnancy clothes

Types Of Plus Size Support Accessories

Plus Size Belly Band
A band of material designed to hold up unbuttoned waistbands and can provide support during pregnancy and postpartum.

black plus size belly band

Plus Size Maternity Support Tank
A tank top with a built-in bra that provides lower back pain relief during pregnancy.

Plus Size Maternity Support Tank

Plus Size Maternity Support Underwear
Provides belly coverage and support.  Some products fit like briefs while others go all of the way down to the thigh area.

Plus size support underwear

Plus Size Maternity Support Belt
An adjustable belt that supports the abdomen and lower back.

Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Belt

Plus Size Postpartum Girdle
Gives a feeling of support and tightness during pregnancy or postpartum. 

plus size postpartum girdle

Now you’re probably wondering where you can buy these belly support accessories, including a maternity support belt. Below you’ll find many different options from free to over $50. 

As I was putting this post together one thing became abundantly clear – reviews of these products are very mixed. Some people loved their selected belly support apparatus while others couldn’t stand it. 

It’s critical that you don’t wear a band that is too tight or so restrictive that it digs into your skin. Therefore, try before you buy, know your exact size, or make sure there’s a good online return policy.

7 Plus Size Support Belt And Belly Band Recommendations

1. Ruched Maternity Belly Band

Belly Support Type: Plus Size Maternity Belly Band
Plus Size Information: Goes up to size 28

black plus size belly band

2. Plus Size Maternity Camisole

Belly Support Type: Plus Size Maternity Support Tank
Plus Size Information: Goes up to size 46DD

 

Plus Size Maternity Support Tank

3. Belevation

Belly Support Type: Plus Size Maternity Underwear & Plus Size Maternity Shapewear
Plus Size Information: S (0-6) M (8-12) L (14-18) XL (20-26)

Plus size support underwear

 

4. Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Belt

Belly Support Type: Belly Band, Belts, Underwear, and Plus Size Postpartum Girdle
Plus Size Information: 3XL (49 – 50 inches)

Motherhood Maternity Women's Maternity Belt

 

5. Flexguard Support

Belly Support Type: Maternity Support Belt
Plus Size Information: 3XL (54 – 62 inches)

Plus Size Maternity Support Belt

6. Plus Size Postpartum Girdle

Belly Support Type: Abdominal Stomach Binder
Plus Size Information: 4XL (58 – 78 inches) 

plus size postpartum girdle

7. Plus Size Bariatric Abdominal Stomach Binder

Belly Support Type: Abdominal Stomach Binder
Plus Size Information: 4XL (76 – 100 inches) 

Plus Size Bariatric Abdominal Stomach Binder

 

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Alternative Options

Hospital Support Wrap
Some hospitals will give you a band (similar to a large Ace bandage) upon request. These are most often given to women who have had a c-section.

Compression Bandage
You can purchase your own compression bandage on Amazon. Remember that you never want a band to be so tight that it cuts off blood flow or digs into your skin.

Plus Size Babywearing
Plus Size babywearing wraps can be used long before your bundle of joy arrives.  They can be used as belly wraps by simply tying it around yourself and tightening to your desired comfort level.

Plus Size Spanks
A pair of plus size Spanks, while not designed specifically for pregnancy, is a go-to favorite for some plus size parents.

Plus Size Maternity Underwear 
When it comes to just regular plus size maternity underwear, pretty much any store that carries plus size maternity clothes will also have undies. Consider buying “boy shorts” panties where you usually buy your clothes. They come in cute patterns, are usually a lot cheaper than maternity underwear, and will last well beyond pregnancy.

Related: The Best Plus Size Maternity Underwear Options

Lastly, raid your and your partner’s closet! Plus size bike shorts, boxer briefs, leggings, pantyhose, or even a halter top can provide a little extra support.

If you’re not looking for support but just need a little extra give for your pre-pregnancy pants, then a rubber band is all you need.  Loop a rubber band from your buttonhole on your jeans and then connect the band to your button.  Viola!

 

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Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood.
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