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Helene - posted on 12/27/2010
Wearing a support belt for extended periods of time will make your core musculature, particularly the Transverse Abdominis, or TvA, which supports the back, weaken, which increases the likelihood of abdominal separation (diastasis recti) back pain, and pelvic instability.
Since the TvA is also the major expulsion muscle, maintaining strength in this muscle greatly aids in labor and delivery.
In fitness, our mantra is "build a girdle, don't wear a girdle."
Two great TvA exercises for pregnancy can be found at:
These two exercises can, and should, be done daily throughout pregnancy, and are great for postpartum rehab too.
If as your pregnancy progresses, you find your back getting tired, then wearing a support devise for short periods, at the end of the day is OK.
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