Maternity Support Belt: FSA Eligibility
Under IRC 213(d)(1), "medical care includes amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body." This includes medical equipment, supplies and devices.
What is a maternity support belt?
A maternity support belt is designed to relieve pain in the back, legs, and abdomen during pregnancy. This pain is most common as a pregnancy continues, and can become debilitating towards the end of a pregnancy. More than half of reported cases of bodily pain begin after the 5th month of pregnancy. The bodily weight gain tends to affect posture and weight distribution throughout the body. Additionally, the pain increases throughout the day as more time is spent standing and sitting upright (LIVESTRONG).
In addition to strengthening core support muscles and back muscles through exercise, a pregnant person can use a maternity support belt to help shift weight evenly, lift and support the abdomen, and reduce strain on bodily tissue.
A maternity support belt is purchasable in several size variations, usually corresponding to a person's pre-pregnancy dress size. Maternity support belts are usually adjustable at the waistline. They come in various model types with names such as prenatal cradle, belly bra, and more.
Pain during pregnancy is common and one of the more severe types of pain is due to strain on the lower back as a result of natural weight gain. The lower back inevitably bears this burden because of its role as a stabilizer in maintaining proper posture and upright positions. Because lower back pain can become severe and debilitating, it's important to evaluate all methods for strengthening lower back and postural muscles, as well as using equipment that can provide relief, such as maternity support belts (WebMD).
Maternity belts are an Over-the-Counter (OTC) medical product eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed health care plan.