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Some belly bands can give you the extra back support you'll need during pregnancy. See more pregnancy pictures.

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Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing periods in a woman's life. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most uncomfortable. There's morning sickness, swollen ankles, weight gain -- and that's just a sampling of the physical toll pregnancy can take on a woman's body. There is, however, a plethora of products and clothing designed to help ease the burden, too. One of these products is a belly band, and it might be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a pregnant woman can own.

An easy way to describe a belly band is to call it a tube top that goes around your stomach. Essentially it's just a large band of elastic fabric. They've become quite popular in recent years, and as a result you can get them in almost every color and style imaginable. Some have Velcro fasteners that make them adjustable, and others come in sizes just like a t-shirt or a blouse. Whichever kind you get, they can actually do a lot more than just help you look fashionable when your stomach starts growing.

Belly bands have a variety of practical uses. They can extend the length of time you wear your pre-pregnancy clothing, which can save you money [source: O'Dell]. Belly bands can also help provide you with much-needed back support to help you sleep better at night, and they can help keep your midsection looking smooth.

To find out more about how and why you might want to use a belly band while you're pregnant, read on to the next page.