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Pregnancy is a time of great change for the female body, both biomechanically and chemically.  The use of a sacroiliac joint (SIJ) belt can be beneficial.  Below are three reasons for the use of a SIJ belt in pregnancy.

  1. Pain Relief and Support:
    • Unfortunately, during pregnancy, lower back and sacroiliac joint pain can be a common issue. Especially during the later stages of pregnancy, due to hormonal changes and increased pressure on the pelvis with postural changes, a sacroiliac joint belt can provide external support to the pelvis.  This helps stabilize the sacroiliac joint and can help to reduce discomfort.
    • A study in 2018 published in the European Spine Journal by Chang et. al. showed that wearing a sacroiliac joint belt was effective in reducing pain and disability in pregnant women with a sacroiliac joint dysfunction.


  1. Improved Pelvic Alignment:
    • The pregnancy hormone, relaxin, helps loosen ligaments around the pelvis to accommodate childbirth. While this is important for the birthing process, it can lead to instability and misalignment in the pelvis.  Thus, causing pain and discomfort. Wearing a sacroiliac belt can help maintain proper alignment, reducing the risk of postural issues and pain.
    • In the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation a study in 2015 by Kordi et al. found that using a pelvic support belt significantly improved the alignment of the pelvic joints in pregnant women.


  1. Enhanced Physical Activity:
    • Pregnant women that experience pelvic pain and instability often have limitations in their physical abilities and activities they can perform. Wearing a sacroiliac joint belt can provide the support for the pelvis that is needed to continue daily activities.  It can help with exercise and promote a more active lifestyle during pregnancy.
    • A study published in 2017 in the International Journal of Women’s Health and Reproductive Sciences (Shiri et al.) found that the use of a pelvic belt was associated with increased physical activity levels in pregnant women who experienced pelvic pain.

These studies show positive research findings.  However, it is important to remember that each pregnancy is different and not all women may find the same relief or benefit from the use of a sacroiliac joint belt. It is always in the best interest of a pregnant woman to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a midwife, chiropractor, or pelvic floor physiotherapist before starting any new exercise routines or use any supportive devices during pregnancy.