Summary of Clinical Trial
Between 50 and 80 percent of women will experience back pain in pregnancy.*
So, the results of a clinical trial by Melbourne University and the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne will be of great interest to more than 120,000 women who’ll give birth in Australia this year.
The trial found that BellyBra, a maternity support garment for the third trimester (the last 10 weeks of pregnancy) significantly decreased back pain when sleeping, sitting, getting up form a sitting position, walking and working.
“It does show that BellyBra decreases pain severity particularly in those areas that have to do with activity,” says Dr Louise Kornman who co-ordinated the trial.
Sarah Kalus, an Advanced Medical Science student from Melbourne University who conducted much of the trial said 115 women took part. About half wore the BellyBra and the other half wore a control (elasticized bandage).
78 per cent of those wearing BellyBra said their overall impression of the treatment was “helpful or very helpful.”
The study also showed fewer women resorted to painkillers when wearing the BellyBra than those in the control group.