The brace is the same configuration as my old ones. I don't remember getting to ease into wearing it last time. The straps around my belly are also set looser than they were. I can still tie my shoes, which was pretty impossible last time. I know we're tighten it up next month, so I'm enjoying that while I can.
I think the difference is that we are trying to stabilize the curves this time instead of straightening them. My muscles get super tired but it's more comfortable overall so far.