Monday, May 14, 2012

For the Mama-to-Be

If you are currently pregnant or might be in the near future, this post is for you.
I think it was during my fourth pregnancy that I heard about the BellyBra. I can't remember who might have mentioned it to me, but I'm ever so thankful they did! Essentially, we're talking about a cross between a bra and a camisole, with the very important addition of wide, supportive elastic that fits underneath your growing belly.
I don't know that it'd do much for people who are suffering serious back pain, but I've found it so very helpful as it gives just enough of a lift to that extra distance I'm carrying out front to avoid extra strain and pulling. You know that sense, especially toward the end, of wanting to just set your bump down for  a minute or two? Well, for me, the BellyBra kind of does that.
I know own two or three and I've learned that fitting is rather important. One definitely fits better than the other - the smaller one can sometimes have the tendency to "pull" too much, especially near my C-section scar. The larger one is much more comfortable, even near the scar. It can take some getting used to getting it on - Toby had to come to my rescue once or twice because I'd gotten it halfway over my head and couldn't seem to get it the rest of the way off. Being claustrophobic, there was some freaking out on my part, but at least as much laughter from him, so all was not lost. And it's been a long time since that's happened. Really.
It is designed to be worn with or without a bra, whatever is most comfortable. I've noticed it's not terribly uncomfortable in the summer, and this is coming from a woman who can't stand being overheated. I'm sure I'll be putting this comment to the test this summer, as I'll probably be wearing this thing until September.
So, for all the "must haves" out there for new moms, this one is definitely worth considering, unlike the PeePee TeePee and a wipes warmer. I would be interested, though, in hearing what other clever items are out there to make the mama-to-be/new-mama life a little easier. There are enough pregnant ladies out there at the moment, so I'm sure they'd love to hear some good ideas, too!