58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2007
I bought 2 bella bands as soon as I started having to wear my pants unbuttoned (end of first trimester) - one black and one white. I absolutely LOVE the black one. I wore it almost everyday until my son was 6 months old. It was the only thing that I could find to cover my belly in the final month of pregnancy.
Under a black shirt you couldn't even tell the bella band was there, even when it was sticking out several inches. Under other shirts it just looked like I layered a t-shirt. However, the white band was awful. While the black camouflaged everything, the white highlighted everything. You could absolutely tell my pants were unbuttoned.
I agree with other reviewers that it can ride up, but when I was pregnant everything rode up or fell down. C'est la vie. It also provides a nice low level of support, similar to control top pantyhose.
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
I saw RAVE reviews about this product, so I bought one, even though I didn't want to spend the money. It is handy - it covers up an unbuttoned fly, or even an unzipped fly if you're desperate! However, I have wide hips and (used to) have a slim waist, so it was constantly riding up and exposing what it was supposed to hide. I have to spend all day jerking it back down. That being said, I did use it while a little pregnant, a lot pregnant, and after the baby. It's certainly better than a whole new wardrobe or wearing sweat pants every day.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2006
This are a wonderful little invention. Not only did these extend my pregnancy wardrobe considerably when it came to pants, but when worn with skirts, they gave me a little helpful definition during that dreadful, "do people just think I'm chubby?" phase. I also liked that they smoothed my hips down over my under-the-belly maternity pants. They are quite comfortable, and I have found I like the added support they give to my growing girth.
I also recommend the vender. The Doula Shop had more available colors than the manufacturer did, and for a better price. They also shipped within 4 hours of my initial order.
All in all, a very helpful little product. I plan on giving them as gifts to my newly pregnant friends.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2008
Okay, I'l readily admit that I'm a big bootied fat chick pre-pregnancy. When you get to the stage where you're too big for regular clothes but too small for maternity clothes, this looks heaven sent.
The good stuff:
-I like this product, I like the idea of it, I like it's intentions.
-I like the way it feels for the most part. I even wear it around the house because it seems to offer my belly some much needed support. I'm at the point now where it feels as though my belly is just all over the place, being pulled in weird directions.
-The material used for the product is nice, supportive without being constricting, stretchy yet firm.
-The lace on the bottom of the lace-y addition is very cute and makes it look as though you are just wearing a cute t-shirt instead of some pregnancy contraption.
The bad stuff
-When I wear this outside of the house, where I am moving much faster, doing much more stuff, (shopping, walking briskly, etc) I am constantly adjusting this thing. It gets really annoying at times. Last week, I wore it to my brother's house and in the middle of dinner, I got up, went to the restroom and just took it off.
-But, I will admit it may not fit properly because I do have a rather protruding derriere.
I think if the band is cut shorter in the back it will accomodate Big Booty Mamas a bit better. I actually thought of cutting mine but didn't want to destroy it.
So overall, good product, could use a little tweeking.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2010
I originally went to purchase one of these bands from a maternity store, in a one size fits all. However, because I am small (Size 2/4), the saleswoman suggested I order a Bella Band, which comes in sizes. I ordered the XS in black and it has come in sooo handy. I am currently 20 weeks and am able to wear my normal jeans with an elastic looped through the hole. I then wear the bella band over, to cover up the buttons. It looks just like a long shirt. I am definitely getting my full value out of this!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2007
After reading several excellent reviews, I thought I would try it. At first I thought that this was an excellent way to save money on maternity clothes. I wore the band for about 2 weeks then was fed up with adjusting it constantly and re-adjusting with every frequent restroom trip. It was more annoying than worth it. I gave up and bought new clothes! Maybe I will use it when I am trying to lose that baby weight after delivery?
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
[...]I am a size 8 and ordered size 2 which I thought would be big enough as the size range is 10-14. I understand that it is supposed to hold up your unbuttoned pants, but I could not bare feeling so umcomfortable.This is way too tight and rolled down every time I sat down. I am very active due to my 3 year old twins and this obviously the wrong product for me. I also own a Baby Be Mine Band and absolutly love it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
I bought this with dual hopes, that it would keep my pants up when I couldn't button them anymore, and that it would stay down in the back so that my pants wouldn't go too low when I bend over. It doesn't seem to do either, because it's made of kind of slippery material, and it seems to just ride up, so that it's not even touching my pants anymore (and so doesn't provide the protection in the back that I was hoping for). I bought the correct size based on the chart and advice, but perhaps if I tried a larger one, it would work better.
Since writing that review, I have received a personal email from the company about my troubles, and she gave me lots of advice on how to wear it properly. She advised me to wear the narrow hem down over my jeans, and for wider hips, to pull it down over the widest part of my hips, and that, if it is rolling up, I might just need a bigger size. All of that to say that the fact that they took the time to address my problem has made me a permanent fan of the company.
I'd change the star rating, as well, to a five if I could, since I might be wearing it wrong, and a bigger size would probably work better.
I do have to say that it's the only product out there that has addressed this particular problem for pregnant moms (and for people with "plumber" issues).
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2007
This product is helpful under very limited circumstances. If you have curves, the Bella Band WILL NOT help you much. If you're more or less straight lines all the way down (no little waist and rounder hips), the band will slide up, leaving the dreaded "coin slot" that you may remember from your low rise jeans days.
I'll come right out and say it, I've got a big butt. And it's a really nice one. Tiny waist. This is pretty average for women (though most clothes aren't designed that way) - which makes the Bella Band much better in theory than execution.
Yes, I do wear it to keep up my maternity pants that are still too big for my growing belly, but I still have to hike up my pants and pull the band down every time I stand up. Very professional-looking.
So go ahead and buy it, or better yet get one of the cheaper ones (mimi maternity sells cheaper ones I think), but just know that it will still be more work than it's likely worth.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2010
My friend suggested Bella Band as an alternative to buying maternity jeans. I was very excited about the product until I tried it first hand. I followed the directions on picking the size I needed and chose the size 1. I don't know if I wasn't big enough - I was about 13 weeks at the time I first tried it out in the real world. My regular jeans were already too tight to button up by then so the concept of the Bella Band was welcomed because I was starting to feel anxious about not having anything to wear. I wore them over my jeans that were unbottoned with a loose tunic to help cover up. The Bella Band kept riding up and I had to keep pulling it down. Plus, they didn't keep my jeans on me very well. I didn't do much activity when I was wearing them. I went to a friend's house to watch the Superbowl - so between walking to the car and sitting and walking to the food table, I was surprised at how much of nuisance it was to me. All in all, it wasn't as comfortable as the description made it out to be. Though, I didn't return it because I'm going to see how it works when I'm a bit bigger and also for post pregnancy use as the description mentions. I'm glad I only ordered one because they offered so many different colors and that made it tempting to order more. I picked Midnight so I could wear it with my dark jeans. The color works well with my dark denim. Let's just hope I will be singing a different tune about how it works.