While browsing maternity apparel on Amazon the other day I came across the Bella Band. I liked the reviews and it sounded like what I was looking for. I decided before I spent $26 on one I would run down to the Motherhood Maternity outlet a few miles away and see what they had. I found their version called the “tummy sleeve” for about $16 so I decided to get a white one and try it out. I have been pretty happy with it. I have been able to pull out three pair of my pre-pregnancy pants and start wearing them again. I use a button hole extender similar to this (but without the fabric panel) and then I put the tummy sleeve low on my hips so it covers the open zipper and I pull it up as high on my tummy as I can for the little bit of extra support it offers. When I put a shirt on it looks like I have just layered a longer t-shirt underneath it. I have used it a lot, but the fabric is quite thin and I bunch it a bit over my pants so that you can’t see my jeans through the white material.
I was at the mall the other day and passed a Mimi Maternity store and decided to run in and see if they had a black one like the one I bought at Motherhood. They had one and I snatched it up and went up to the counter to pay. It turned out to be $24 so as I left I was thinking it better be good! As soon as I opened it I could tell it was a lot thicker material and it was a tighter stretch so it would hold my pants up better and hide the bulk of the zipper and button. I have been very happy with it and now I want a white one in this brand because I like it so much better than the one from Motherhood. I can see that it will be great to wear after the baby is born and I am still not back in my old size. I hear they are also good for nursing mom’s to hide their lower bellies from view while they nurse their babies. I will try it out and let you know how that goes as well!
If I try another brand I think I will try this lace Bella Band…it is so cute and feminine.