Support Garment May Reduce Back Pain Discomfort During Pregnancy
The third trimester of pregnancy is often the most
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Melbourne reviewed the benefits of a specific product called the BellyBra. The study, published in BJOG (An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) , demonstrated that the BellyBra was more effective in relieving low back discomfort compared to a common tubigrip option.
About the Study
At the end of the trial both groups reported the same decrease in overall pain severity. However, compared to the tubigrip, the women that used the BellyBra reported significant reduction in:
- Back pain on sleeping
- Pain getting up from a sitting position
- Pain during walking
- Use of analgesic (pain) medication
How Does This Affect You?
Late pregnancy can put a lot of strain on the back. The study suggests that the BellyBra decreases some of the common discomforts, but both support garments provided the same pain relief. Strengthening and stretching
Talk to your doctor about pain you experience. Your doctor can recommend treatments that may provide some relief.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Women's Health Information Center
Kalus SM, Kornman LH, Quinlivan JA. Managing back pain in pregnancy using a support garment: a randomised trial. BJOG . 2008 Jan;115(1):68-75.
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