Being pregnant and all, I figured I would start sharing reviews on the few products I do have in my possession. I haven’t bought one item of maternity clothing, and hope to keep it that way , however I do own a few maternity items that were gifted to me. The only 2 maternity items I have purchased are these two maternity belly bands:
My maternity bands
Belly bands are great! You use them to keep wearing your pre-pregnancy pants and skirts during & after your pregnancy. You can also use them to hold up maternity pants that are too big and you need to grow into.
The one on your left (black) was purchased for $30+ at BellaBand.com and has a lace trim along the bottom. The one on your right (white) was purchased for $17 from Target, has a plain bottom, and is made by the company that makes the one on your left. I HIGHLY recommend the one on your right (BeBand brand from Target) over the one on your left.
- The lace bottom is a cute idea but poorly executed. The lace band is too small and barely shows. When it does show it keeps rolling up and, in my opinion, looks sloppy.
- The lace causes even more lumps and bumps under your clothing when you’re already battling inherent lumps and bumps as it is.
- The lace has a tacky band on the back of it meant to help it keep in place. It does not work AND looks even more sloppy when it shows every time the lace rolls up.
- The Bellaband one is way too expensive when you can just stroll into Target and get basically the same product for almost half the price.
- It’s only available in Target to my knowledge. The Bellabrand band is available in many retail outlets including on Amazon.com.
- The BeBand color choices are limited (I believe black, white and “nude”). The Bellaband comes in a myriad of colors
- The BeBand does not come with the lace trim on the bottom if you just HAVE to have it.
Me week 18 with Bellaband after work
Notice that it just looks like you’re wearing a long layered tank underneath. I also find that it works just as well when not showing. Note: You cannot see the lace on the black band because I always covered it when I folded it over so I didn’t have a meltdown, it was so annoying.
I can’t say enough good things about these maternity bands. I was, and still am, able (26 weeks now) to wear my pre-pregnancy pants, jeans, and skirts with no issue. I do find that the thinner the top, the more ‘stuff’ on the pant waist, the further in my pregnancy, the harder to hide that there’s something going on under my clothes … but either way that can be remedied and I still use these maternity bands every week.
Another quick note for extended wear of your bottoms during pregnancy. I present to you “The Rubber Band Trick”.
The rubber band trick to hold your pants up.
I started doing “the rubber band trick” way before I used a maternity band to give me room, especially while traveling. I then found it helped me feel more “secure” in the early days of using the maternity bands. I don’t do it any more because I don’t feel the need, and my stomach has grown to fill out the maternity bands nicely.
Here’s how to do the rubber band trick:
- Get a heavy duty rubber band (I found this great black one!)
- Fold it in half if necessary
- Loop it through your button loop then put both ends on your button
- Adjust as necessary
I really hope this review helped someone. I will definitely keep these in mind as gifts for friends who are pregnant in the future.
You can find the BeBand maternity band at Target stores and Target.com, and the Bellaband maternity band at Bellaband.com.
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Disclosure: Both maternity bands were purchased by me, for me, with my own money. For more information about the Glamazini.com disclosure policy, click here.