Pregnancy Support Belt
by Tom Hein | 3:26 pm

Product: Serola Sacroiliac Belt

Available Sizes: S M L XL (plus an optional 8″ extender for any size. There is also custom sizing available if Small is too small or Extra Large isn’t large enough for a nominal extra cost)

Width of Belt: 3″

Breathable, moisture-wicking, and hypoallergenic


A Product Overview for the Serola Sacroiliac Belt (SSB)

GIVEN THE fact that I am a male and writing a review for a pregnancy support belt, it’s plainly obvious that I have never used this type of product. However, I can still provide research and information directly from Biomechanics, Inc. that manufactures this belt, as well as reviews directly from women who have used it via Amazon.

As I myself am in the holistic health care realm, I know fundamentals of how the structure of the human body works. How muscles, ligaments, and tendons all need to work together for optimal function of joints. The Serola product line was created by someone who also knows body function – a chiropractor, not a corporate designer of products with the goal of making money regardless of effectiveness.

Is a Sacroiliac Belt Better Than Other Types of Braces/Supports?

When you hear the explanation given by Dr. Rick Serola for the design and purpose of his pregnancy support belt, it makes perfectly good, common sense! Support given the wrong way and in the wrong places, will actually have detrimental effects.

>>More info may be found HERE regarding pregnancy issues<<

The SI joint (sacroiliac) goes through a lot of stress and transformation during the pregnancy term, and results in 2/3 of Moms-to-be getting low back pain. Due to hormonal influences, the ligaments of the SI and the symphysis pubis joints become more pliable and weaker. If not supported during this time, these joints become inflamed, stressed even more, and painful.Symphysis Pubis Pain

These same joints also benefit greatly from a sacroiliac belt postpartum by assisting the ligaments to shorten and realign the pelvis properly, which will help bring the hips back to pre-pregnancy form.

A sacroiliac belt (or pregnancy support belt), being targeted at the pelvic girdle, will give support where directly needed, vs a belt that supports the lower back. A belt above the hip line, will certainly ease muscle strain in the abdomen, but in doing so, also prevents those muscles from strengthening. Supporting the belly muscles for instance, makes them relax and not work as hard, since a belt would be doing the “heavy lifting”, and this also puts added muscle strain in the lower back.

***READ MORE HERE – my blog regarding pregnancy and the benefits of a pregnancy support belt***

It sounds counter-intuitive…. you would think that a back type of brace will make everything easier, and yet the reality is, a belt around the pelvis area is much more effective.

In a study of 862 women during pregnancy, Berg, et al. found that “49% experienced backache and one-third of these women considered the backache severe…The most common reason for severe low back pain was dysfunction of the sacroiliac joints…and 79 women developed such severe pain that they were unable to continue work… Of these 79 women with severe pain, 72% experienced relief with a sacroiliac belt.” (Berg, 1988)

From Those Whom Have Used the Serola Sacroiliac Belt:

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Searching various reviews online gave very favorable feedback, and among pregnant women users (it can be used by anyone with sacroiliac trouble), the vast majority offered top marks.

One woman who was bed ridden at 21 weeks due to back pain, was nearly pain free after just a few days of wearing this pregnancy support belt.

Another comment: SPD postpartum led this woman to find and use the SSB which allowed her to return to work with much less pain. When she again became pregnant, and found the SPD returned, she immediately used the SSB to stabilize her pelvis and was able to work without the use of pain meds.

A large difference was noticed when wearing her pregnancy support belt, compared to not using it by another newly-to-be Mom. She experienced a lot of pelvic girdle pain, which the belt alleviated. She couldn’t have imagined surviving work at all, and definitely not working as close to delivery as she did.

I also noticed that many reviews added the fact that the SSB was recommended to them by clinicians and physios. There were also referrals coming from friends and family members who had used one. Inferior products, for the most part, do not get word-of-mouth endorsements from anyone!


Final Thoughts

The ratings that were less than 5 stars (and out of nearly 300 reviews I checked, it was a small number) were primarily from those using it outside of pregnancy reasons. Dissatisfaction was from:

  • a problem that NO pregnancy support belt or brace would help
  • a skin reaction to the material (even though it’s hypoallergenic) {I don’t know that I would wear it in direct contact with the skin anyway}
  • improper size (there are all the standard sizes available, plus an extender, and even custom sizing)
  • Doesn’t stay in place (I’m not sure any belt will to be honest. I’ve used a back brace and found that going through all the daily movements – sitting, twisting, bending etc would require periodic adjustments)

While it’s hard to please everyone all the time, and NO product is without its faults or shortcomings – due to people having different needs and expectations, from what I can gather about this pregnancy belt is that the pros far outweigh the cons.

Do you have personal experience that you would care to share, or have 2nd stories to pass along? I invite you to please leave your comment(s) below and I will reply in a timely manner!

I honestly hope that your pregnancy goes all the way through with minimal discomfort, and that you found this information helpful.

All the best,


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Disclaimer: I am trained in a holistic modality, but not as a doctor, so this post or website should not be taken as medical advice. Please do your own research. Material on this blog is the result of either my own experience or research, and is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to your specific situation, and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.

Please use discernment in the consideration of purchasing any type of health related products via the internet. Educating yourself prior to buying is always suggested and recommended.


Scott Hinkle

I didn’t even know something like this existed!

Dr. Serola’s explanation makes perfect sense.

I’m a male too so I don’t have a need for it (at least not until I develop my beer belly) but I do have a friend who’s pregnant and complaining of back pain lately.  I have to let her know about this.

Thanks again, I’m forwarding your URL to her now.


Jul 30.2019 | 05:38 pm

    Tom Hein

    This reinforces the idea that we don’t need to use a product to see and understand its value. Men and women pass information back and forth between them all the time, and this should be no exception. 

    Thank you Scott for your comments and the referral. I’m sure your friend will thank you and benefit from this pregnancy brace. 

    All the best,


    Aug 01.2019 | 08:45 am

Anthony Hu

Thank you for your post. It is very useful information for pregnant women. I like that you give a detailed explanation on why the pregnant women need to Pregnancy Support Belt: during pregnancy, the sacroilliac joint goes through a lot of stress and weight bearing and if not supported, the joints may become inflamed, stressed, painful, and even damaged.

It is clear that the support belt brings a lot of benefits to pregnant women. I agree with that all pregnant women should wear such support belt for the sake of their health and benefits.

It is very kind of you sharing such useful information with us.

Jul 30.2019 | 05:50 pm

    Tom Hein

    Thank you for your remarks and confirmation of the need for such a brace. 

    The pregnant women of the world deserve all the help and support they can receive as their bodies adapt and adjust to the miracle of birth. 

    Such a small price to pay for huge benefits for sure!

    Aug 01.2019 | 08:49 am

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