Founded in 2018 by two women with a mission to support the health and wellbeing of expecting and new mums, Finnish brand, Lola&Lykke, creates innovative products designed to improve the everyday life of all the amazing mums out there. The founders of the brand have one simple goal: to encourage other mums to look after themselves more during pregnancy and childbirth.
Back and joint pain during pregnancy can be frustrating and make it difficult to participate in everyday activities. It is common to suffer with SI joint pain during pregnancy as a result of the increase of Relaxin, an appropriately named hormone that causes the hip joints to become loose and less stable. SI joint pain is a sharp and sometimes excruciating pain in the lower back adjacent to the tailbone. Belly bands are designed to support the lower back and abdomen during pregnancy, helping to stabilize the SI joint. Maternity support bands help distribute the weight of the baby across the back and abdomen, which may help relieve the pressure on the round ligaments and reduce pain overall.
The Lola&Lykke Maternity Belly band® is a must have for expecting mums. It provides all day comfort and immediate relief for mums experiencing discomfort during pregnancy. Here are some of the benefits of the band:
In addition to effective pain relief during pregnancy, the ergonomic belly band encourages correct posture and helps prevent overextension of the lower back. The typical “swayback” appearance of pregnancy is due to the extra weight being carried in front of the body in combination with the stretching and weakening of key core muscles that support the spine.
Because the band is ergonomically designed and it flexes with your own body shape, it is easy to put and adjust to the right tightness for your belly size. The inside material is super soft bamboo viscose, so the band feels comfortable on even when placed directly on your belly. The band supports you even when sitting and reduces the risk of stretch marks. You can also inset a handy hot/cold therapy pack in the back pocket, which is designed to ease back pains.
Pregnancy & Parenting asked Irish mums to test out the Lola & Lykke Maternity Belly Band and here’s what they thought …
“Lola&Lykke Maternity Bamboo Band provides a secure, no-slip hold and it is effective at lifting my growing bump and giving support. The thoughtful ergonomic design really made it easy to wear and effective at helping with pain relieve. I have had Pelvic Girdle Pain since 14 weeks so the band has been an essential for me from the start. The fabric is soft against your skin and ensures breathability without compromising support and compression.
The thorough sizing chart provides you with the best fit possible. The belt is adjustable so that you can wear it throughout your pregnancy. This seamless belly band lies flat against your skin, so you don’t have to worry about unsightly bunching under clothes, there is a great pocket at the back for a hot/cold pack that comes with the band. this is so helpful for the days of lower back pain.
The belt is hand wash in cold water so easy to maintain and dry. It has been so helpful in my pregnancy; it is exactly as described. It is comfortable, value for money, and durable. I would highly recommend the band and the brand – the company is founded by two mothers to support others on their journey through pregnancy and parenthood.”
“It was really easy to put it on and fit it for me and once I had it set once it was easy to adjust as I was getting further along in the pregnancy. I do a lot of walking around with my work and found the belly band a great help in reducing the sciatica pain I was experiencing, and in giving extra support to my stomach muscles in carrying the extra weight of my baby. I really like the heat pad that comes with it too and will continue to use that regardless of pregnancy and recovery!”
Decreased core strength is common in the weeks following birth. Muscles and ligaments that were stretched and strained during pregnancy require time to heal. Weakness combined with the demanding job of caring for a newborn can be challenging and lead to injuries. Many women find that wearing a belly band postpartum provides additional support to the abdomen and lower back, decreasing discomfort. A belly band can be beneficial to women who have experienced a separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) by physically bringing the abdominal muscles back together. Combined with specific exercises, this may assist in closing the gap between the abdominal muscles.
The Lola&Lykke Core Restore postnatal support band® is designed for motherhood, featuring 360° of powerful compression to smooth, shape and support your post-baby body. The band provides effective support for pelvis and ligaments softened by your body´s natural hormone, Relaxin. This natural hormone allows your ligaments to soften during childbirth and stays in your body for a limited time afterwards. The support band helps to:
This article is proudly sponsored by Lola & Lykke. All reviews are genuine and were conducted by Pregnancy & Parenting readers. For more information check out www.lolalykke.com
Pregnancy & Parenting asked Irish mums to test out the Lola & Lykke Core Restore Support Band and here’s what they thought …
“Achieving core stability post delivery was important to me. I unreservedly recommend the Lola & Lykke core restore support band for achieving that aim. I did not have the luxury of maternity leave or the accompanying time that comes with that leave. I was back at work 6 weeks post delivery so not only did the core restore support band assist me in terms of achieving pelvic health it gave me that physical support and boost in confidence of which every little bit helps post-partum!”
Sarah de Carvalho
“Time is precious when you’ve a new baby but with two adjustable panels I found using the core restore support band quick and easy. Simple ‘how-to-wear’ instructions are on the back of the box so no time is lost wading through long, complicated instructions. The band’s material is stretchable, soft and comfortable against your skin. Choosing the correct size of band (S, M, L) is easy as Lola & Lykke provide a handy sizing chart. After giving birth my back and core felt weakened but using the band, my back and core felt well supported. For example, lifting my baby in and out of his cot felt much easier when wearing the band. I found the band was also a reminder to me to sit and stand straight. Using the band, my posture and body confidence improved.”
“Eleven weeks postpartum I cannot believe how good I feel and that is due to the belly band from Lola and Lykke. Having had a section I was conscious to get my stomach back to “normal” and that is exactly what the belly band did. The band gives you that extra support that one needs in the following days and weeks after surgery giving mams their confidence back bit by bit.”
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