Waist Training in Pregnancy: Is It Safe or Dangerous?

Can You Wear a Waist Trainer While Pregnant?

Can You Wear a Waist Trainer While Pregnant? Waist Trainers provide instant slimming and many other benefits to their users. According a research, women across the world use waist trainers more than the men. I am a fitness trainer for 10+ years and many women have asked me “Can I wear a waist trainer while pregnant?” and I reply with a shaking head.

Wearing a waist trainer while pregnant is quite dangerous. Because the waist trainers are made for creating high compression to reduce your waistline, stomach and abdomen. Any type of unnecessary compression around your midsection is not safe during pregnancy. A steel-boned waist trainer during pregnancy can cause normal to severe health problems for mother and the baby in her womb as well.

Who can wear a waist trainer?

Every woman/man can wear a waist trainer except pregnant women and women with critical diseases that can affected easily. If you are a healthy woman wanting to start waist training then you can buy a suitable waist trainer from market and start your waist training journey from this week.

In case you are pregnant then you should not wear a waist trainer and if you have any critical disease (heart, kidney, liver or other disease) then you must consult your doctor before using a waist trainer.

Can You Wear a Waist Trainer While Pregnant?

No, you cannot wear a waist trainer while pregnant because it can create complications in your body and also hurt the baby in your womb. The waist trainer is designed to give high compression around your waist and stomach, the compression is neither good nor safe when you are pregnant. Therefore I strongly recommend you not to wear a waist trainer while pregnant for your and your baby’s safety.

How long can you wear a waist trainer while pregnant?

You cannot wear a waist trainer while pregnant. There is no question of duration as you can’t wear it at all. Some people suggest that pregnant women can wear a waist trainer in initial days of pregnancy but I don’t agree with that suggestion. According to the health experts and fitness trainers (including me), you should stop wearing a waist trainer immediately after you come to know that you are pregnant.

Can wearing a waist trainer cause miscarriage in pregnant women?

Yes, wearing a waist trainer can cause miscarriage in pregnant women. Actually, the waist trainers are not recommended to wear in pregnancy because they compress the stomach, waist and abdomen which directly affect the uterus. The pregnant women need to take care of little-little things during the period from being pregnant to childbirth. In this period, they should not do anything, including wearing a waist trainer, that can affect her womb, baby inside and can also cause miscarriage.

Why should you not wear a waist trainer in pregnancy?

You should not wear a waist trainer in pregnancy because it can cause breathing difficulties, interrupt baby’s growth, hurt baby in the womb and other problems. There are so many reasons for which you should avoid wearing a waist trainer while pregnant and I am going explain each reason in detail.

Women are conscious about how they look because that is what everyone notice about them. The waist trainers for women have become popular as they offer instant results with a slimmer waist and an hourglass figure. However, you cannot wear a waist trainer while pregnant as it can cause many problems that you never want to face. Here I provide all possible risks or problems caused by wearing a waist trainer in pregnancy period.

#1. Cause Breathing Difficulties:

You need to inhale more oxygen when you are pregnant. After you conceive, the relevant hormones expand your lung capacity to let you get enough amount of oxygen for yourself and your baby. But the waist trainer does not allow that expansion but it tries to shrink your lungs which can result in breathing difficulties. Having difficulties in breathing while you are pregnant is not safe for you and your baby, therefore you should avoid the waist trainer during pregnancy.

#2. Affect the Baby in Your Womb:

The waist trainer can affect the baby in your womb if you have worn it tightly. It depends upon the amount of compression it delivers on your stomach and abdomen. If the waist trainer feels too tight, it can affect your womb and the baby inside, it may hurt the baby if the compression is high and wearing period is long.

#3. Interrupt Baby’s Growth:

From the first day of your pregnancy to the day when you give birth, your baby keeps growing in your womb. Your body goes through many changes throughout the pregnancy period. Your womb expands as your baby grows, the waist trainer can interrupt the womb expansion and baby’s growth with its consistent compression. Therefore it is not safe to wear a waist trainer in pregnancy.

#4. Cause Organ Prolapse:

The waist trainer gives high compression to shrink your midsection to create an hourglass shape. This process can be dangerous for some people as the high compression can prolapse one or more organs of your body. It means that it changes the place and position of some organs with forced compression. As a result, the affected organs set in an unnatural position which is harmful for pregnant women and all other women.

#5. Born Defects in Baby:

During the period of pregnancy, the doctor advices you to eat healthy food and take care of your physical & mental health. Because everything affects your baby in the womb. The waist trainer shrinks your waist, stomach and abdomen which affect the baby as well. The compression can prevent your baby’s growth or some body parts of your baby may not grow properly. As a result, you may give birth to a baby with born defects.

In order to avoid such dangerous consequences, you should avoid wearing a waist trainer while you are pregnant. So, you may wonder if there is an alternative of a waist trainer that you can wear during pregnancy. The answer is Yes, keep reading ahead to know about it.

Is there an alternative of a waist trainer in pregnancy? (Maternity Shapewear)

Yes, there is an alternative of a waist trainer in pregnancy, it is called maternity shapewear. The waist trainer gives firm to high compression around your midsection to make you slimmer instantly.

In this process, it shrinks your waist and keeps control on your tummy, abdomen and back as well. The pressure around your midsection is not safe while you are pregnant, therefore I suggest to get a maternity shapewear that can provide support without compression.

The maternity shapewear is a simple shapewear without any boning system. Some people call it pregnancy waist trainer but it does not train your waist, it just provides support that you need. It is not made of neoprene or latex like materials, so it does not increase sweating and it does not give any compression. The maternity shapewear is designed to smooth your body to make you feel comfortable.

The maternity shapewears are made of nylon, spandex and cotton materials. All materials are breathable and skin-friendly, they don’t cause skin irritation or infection. Moreover, it absorbs sweat to avoid itching and other skin issues. So, you should choose a maternity shapewear over a waist trainer while you are pregnant as it is safe, comfortable and useful during the pregnancy period.

FAQs about Wearing Waist Trainers While Pregnant

Waist Training is important for you to achieve your fitness goals and desired figure but it is not safe during pregnancy. You may have some doubts regarding wearing a waist trainer while you are pregnant and I am going to clear your doubts. Here I provide some FAQs and their answers in brief, kindly read all questions to know why you should not wear a waist trainer while pregnant and how it affects you & your baby.

Is it safe to wear a waist trainer in early pregnancy?

No, it is not safe to wear a waist trainer in early pregnancy, mid pregnancy or ending pregnancy. You should stop wear a waist trainer from the moment you know that you are pregnant.

Does wearing a waist trainer affect the womb?

Yes, wearing a waist trainer affects the womb as the waist trainer provides high compression around your waist, stomach and abdomen.

Can you wear a waist belt when pregnant?

Yes, you can wear a waist belt when pregnant if it is designed to support pregnant women. You cannot wear a tight waist belt when pregnant as it is not safe.

Can you wear a corset in your first trimester?

No, you cannot wear a  corset in your first trimester as it is too tight to cause breathing difficulties and other pregnancy concerned complications.

Final Thoughts:

The waist trainers are very useful and effective but not recommended during pregnancy period. You should not wear a waist trainer while pregnant as it can cause many problems in your health and your baby’s health as well. The baby in your womb needs you to be healthy all the time. That’s why you should avoid wearing a waist trainer when pregnant and focus on your health. For more queries regarding waist training and pregnancy, you can ask me in the comment section, I will reply your queries shortly.

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