When pregnant with my daughter I had a nice little neat bump which when I hit 7 months suddenly expanded out of nowhere deeming some of my clothes a little bit of a not so good fit. Not wanting to spend more money on clothes that I really wouldn't wear again after 2 months I found out about the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band.
The Bumpband is a stretchy band which fits around or just under your baby bump and covers the tops of trousers and skirts. The idea behind it is that the Bumpband covers ill-fitting clothes due to pregnancy and makes them wearable. The Bumpband comes in two colours: black and white and they are made for all shapes and sized bumps - but be aware that you do have to shop by size for these things and the sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy size.
I was excited when I found these in the maternity section in New Look as I was getting a bit sick of my combat trousers slipping down to reveal the bottom of my bump.
When I got home and got the Bumpband out of the packet I found myself looking at what I thought looked like one leg of a pair of lycra shorts and feeling as though I had probably just been mugged for some money by New Look. Nevertheless, I wondered into the bedroom to try it on and see the damage and at best get ready with the receipt and take it back.
The Bumpband turned out to be one amazing piece of lycra let me tell you. It slipped over and under my bump nicely and left me with a nice sleek and smooth look. I could not longer see the bottom of my belly showing and nobody would have ever guessed that my combats were actually not fitting me as well as they probably should have. This bumpband definately made all the difference and was fabulous for putting on some pre pregnancy clothes which were deemed a little unwearable because of my bump. Suddenly I was able to wear tops which rode up slightly with the Bumpband looking just like I had a vest top on underneath. These were my wardrobes saviour they really were!
Highly recommended! They cost around £15 but they are worth absolutely every penny and you can use them throughout your pregnancy too.
It might seem like a waste of time to the Dooyoo lads but a during pregnancy a Bumpband can be great idea. The Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band can be bought in white or black, however I felt the black was more useful. I only got my Bumpbands having seen a friend wear one and thought it was such a great idea.
The band itself comes in a simple pack with either the white or black version of the Bumpband in it. In terms of price you can pay anything from £14.98 to £16.99 for one of these. Right now its cheaper to order from Amazon than it is to order from the makers of the product as its priced at £14.98 inc P&P.
You can wear your Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band in a variety of ways and it can take you from the mid to latter stages of pregnancy if you choose the right size to fit. Sizes when I purchased my bands where from size 8 to size 12 an then from size 14 to size 18. These are known as size 1 and 2.
I think they also said that the larger size might extend to a size 20 or so too.
When choosing the correct size of Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band you need to think about your pre baby dress size and order according to that. Don't order according to the size you think you may be in say 2 to 3 months time. If you pick the right size to suit, the band can take you the whole way through the pregnancy. Slimmer girls really only need the size 1 band.
The idea of the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band is so simple yet very effective. You can position the band to fit over the top of your trousers or jeans and even if your clothing is not fitting as well as it once did, the Bumpband will help to keep you comfortable and hide the poor fit of the trousers, leggings etc you are wearing.
As the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band has a massive 120% strech-ability factor built in, it will expand as and when you do, which makes its very helpful indeed. The mix of materials used comprise 80% cotton and 20% elastane, so it feels nice to the touch when placed close to your baby bump and is also easy to wash and care for.
I always washed the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Bands by hand as I felt I wanted to wear them often and didn't always have a machine load of washing to do daily. I found that the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Bands stood up to my daily hand wash well and were easy to dry to wear the next day.
It looked so much better with a Bumpband worn on top of trousers, but you can also wear it over leggings if you like. The beauty of the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band is that not only does it make your clothes fit and feel better, but it also supports your bump a little. I found during the latter stages this was of great help.
If you are wearing a top and trousers with the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band worn midway between the 2 items, it looks just like you are going for a more layered effect and seems to show another t shirt or strappy vest top under your outer layer. By getting one each of the black and white bands you can alternate your look easily.
Whilst you could just buy a vest or t shirt to hope to get the same effect in terms of look, it won't end up being half as comfy as wearing the Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band. After all a plain old t shirt won't give the underneath and all round support that a Bumpband will. Best results were when using the Bumpband with a Belly Belt which cleverly attaches to your trouser buttons and so can be worn under the Bumpband.
In terms of rating the product its so simple and easy to wear, that I wish I had thought of it myself. The Bumpband Pregnancy Support Band gets a full 5 stars for being a great little maternity aid. Its so handy and easy to wear and can transform your look in seconds.
Its perfect for helping you to feel both comfy and fashionable, whilst offering the addition of some much needed extra support. This can help to cut down on back aches and may even help to stave off the dreaded baby bump stretch marks.
Bumpbands were a real lifesaver for me during pregnancy and after pregnancy, Im a small framed person so it took me quite a while to really fit into maternity clothes, my normal clothes were getting too tight yet maternity clothes drowned me, I think most people seem to have that stage but for me it seemed to last ages.
I got mine from Newlook for a 3 pack and it cost around £10 which I think is great, in the pack I had one black, one grey and one white.
I used them religously, I could easily use them when my trousers were starting to get abit tight I could leave the button undone and use a bumpband to disguise what I had done. I could also use them to cover the gap when normal tops were starting to get a little short I wore them underneath my other top so it looked like I was wearing a long vest instead of having skin on show all the time, which lets face it no one wants to see.
after my pregnancy was over it obviously took a little while to get back into my other clothes, especially after a c-section I didnt want anything too tight rubbing on my wound, but I couldnt wear maternity wear for too long as it had got too big again, so I was back to using the bump bands to help me out.
I have also seen people use them as a breastfeeding aid to wear under a top so they could lift there top to feed and have the bump band in place so as to not reveal too much skin.
For most pregnant woman finding suitable clothing will be a frustration they will encounter at some point. Most shops now have a wide range of "stylish" maternity wear yet investing in a new wardrobe for many pregnant women isn't a top priority. As pregnancy was only a "temporary state" I didn't want to spend a fortune on maternity wear yet I did not want to expose my rapidly expanding baby bump therefore a friend suggested I purchase a "Bumpband".
***What is it?**
The Bumpband is literally a band of material to cover your pregnancy bump. This is a stretchy piece of material which you wear over your bump. The Bumpband has two main functions and can be worn at all stages of your pregnancy. Firstly to provide support to your pregnancy bump, which is great at the later stages of pregnancy. Secondly it can cover your bump and the tops of your trousers. This means you can wear normal sized tops for longer without exposing your stomach, or wear your normal trousers not zipped up as the Bumpband ensures the zip/ buttons are hidden and your trousers do not fall down!
***Price & Availability***
You can purchase Bumpbands directly from the manufacturer online at www.bumpband.co.uk . Or from Amazon.
On both sites for one Bumpband these cost £16.99 . On Amazon delivery is free whereas if you buy directly from the manufacturer you pay a £2.50 delivery charge.
The Bumpband comes in two sizes Size 1 (size 8-12 pre pregnancy) and Size 2 (Size 14-18 pre pregnancy). Your can purchase the Bumpband is black or white.
As I was expecting twins I assumed I would get a HUGE bump quickly so I rushed out and bought another similar bumpband product from New Look (because it was cheap). In fact it was 20 weeks before I actually got any sign of expanding and my ordinary trousers became tight.... But when I did try and use the bump cover product from New Look it was too large so didn't fit my bump and was baggy so did not hold up trousers with the zip down, and because it was made from a less stretchy material I knew it was not going to support a larger bump.
That's why I purchased a Bumpband. The Bumpband was about 30cm from top to bottom but did look quite small width wise, so I did worry it would fit my bump especially as I was still petite and a size 6-8 pre and during pregnancy. However as soon as I tried the bump band on I realised although small it fit very well. It was supportive but because the Bumpband material is so stretchy it is not at all restrictive or uncomfortable.
Most importantly the Bumpband covered the top of my trousers with the zip down but because it was snug fitting it ensured my trousers stayed up and did not end up around my ankles. Whereas some of the cheaper bump cover products were not able to do this.
As my bump grew the Bumpband grew (stretched with it). Even at 36 weeks the day before I had my boys the Bumpband still fit and supported my bump very well without feeling too tight. I was impressed that the Bumpband went back to its original shape once removed and did not stretch out of shape. It was stretched to about 3 times its width however has gone back to the original size therefore if I do decide to have any further children I will be able to wear my Bumpband at the early stages of the pregnancy. I purchased a white and black Bumpband and both were worn very frequently so as a result washed frequently. The black Bumpband is still a deep black colour and has not washed out to a grey colour. The white Bumpband has also stayed white and has not discoloured.
I found my Bumpbands essential purchases during my pregnancy both for support and for the fact they allowed me to wear "normal" clothing during my pregnancy ; saving me money as I did not need to purchase lots of maternity clothes.
The Bumpbands are more expensive than other similar products which are sold in Mothercare and many other high street stores however are a much superior product. Bumpbands are made from more stretchy material meaning they provide better support and also hold trousers up more so than other products. This means you can wear the Bumpband from an earlier stage in your pregnancy, whereas I found other brands were only suitable once I had developed a larger bump.
A 5* purchase for pregnant ladies.
This bumpband was a god send to me whilst I went through my pregnancy and was suffereng throughout. Not only is this for expectant mothers who are having complications throughout their pregnany but for anyone whom is pregnant to still be able to wear your own clothes and not pay out a fortune on maternity wear.
I initially bought a bumpband in the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy as my baby was laying in a low and awkward position and I was suffering slightly from SPD, a condition where the ligaments and pelvic muscles start to contract early, and can cause aching and pain in the pelvic area. The extra weight of the baby on the stomach can make pain worse and the bump band is simply just like a boob tube for the stomach. It lifts the bump ever so slightly and is like a base for it to rest on so the weight isnt totally being carried by yourself.
The best point about this band is that you can continue to wear your own clothes as whatever top you want to put on this can go below and underneath to act as a continuation of the top and its brilliant for this, so much so that I continued to use it way after I gave birth and being so fashionable simply looks like a top that is worn underneath your outertop.
You can wear it right throughout your pregnany and beyond as its elastic stretch will allow you to grow and not restrict you in any shape or form, therefore it is perfectly safe for the baby. It goes up to sizes 20-22 therefore is made to suit women of all sizes.
Just for that extra bit of support so you dont feel the weight of the baby and your stomach is growing out of control and to much to bare especially towards the end of the pregnancy when in deed you do feel like a beeached whale this slight lift makes os much difference and can make you feel lighter than the weight dragging down onto your pelvis as the pelvis has allowance for a little bit more mobility.
For such a simple product this works and is fabulous. I bought mine from a local baby store and therefore beleive many people could get one from their locals stores also however it can easily be purchased online through bumpband.co.uk as well as online stores such as amazon for approx £12 - £15.
It is a little pricier than many would expect however when you cost up the purchases of maternity clothes throughout the pregnancy you will save a fortune with this band and therefore it is worth every penny. It can be bought in colours of only black and white however as a recommendation unless its the height of summer go for black because you wont be continually having to wash it, although its fully machne washable, so easy to care for.
With the trend for 'under the bump' maternity jeans and trousers I have found it very difficult to find ones that don't constantly slip down, exposing my ever-expanding bump and rear every few steps - there is just nothing to hold them up, until I discovered the bump band!
The Bumpband is a stretchy band that you wear over the top of your trousers, under and over the bottom of your bump. It comes in black or white and is designed for use throughout your pregnancy, providing support and lift to your bump as well as covering the tops of non maternity trousers. There are are few products of this type on the market, but having done a little research and read numerous customer reviews, I decided this one looked the best quality and most likely to achieve the result I wanted - trousers that stayed up.
Amazon sell Bumpband in various sizes, based on your pre-pregnancy clothes size, in black or white (so to co-ordinate with your wardrobe) for £16.99 and free delivery.
On opening the product I did wonder if it wasn't something that could be rustled up quickly on a sewing machine yourself, for a fraction of the cost, as it does just look like a boob tube in lycra (nice), but frankly who has the time or inclination these days, not me at least.
Once stretched over the top of my trousers, bum and bump it did feel sleek and secure, whilst not at all tight or restrictive. I was very impressed with the result, as not only did it help keep my under the bump jeans up it did make me feel supported and sort of 'neater' in that area. I also discovered the bonus of being able to wear pre-pregnancy trousers with the button undone whilst still in that in-between stage, with the belt over the top to hold them up. It has even meant that pre-pregnancy tops can be worn for longer, due to the 'layering effect' of the band.
I am delighted with this purchase - such a simple idea which tackles a number of maternity wear gripes and at an affordable price!