Pained and Pregnant? Ease Those Aches With 5 Simple Tools
Pregnancy is pretty cool—I mean, come on, you're building a whole other human being from scratch! But it can also be pretty exhausting—I mean, you ARE building a whole other human from scratch. And it can even be painful—you know, because you have to carry around that other human for a few months.
Not surprisingly, one of the number one complaints during pregnancy is back pain. Thankfully, most women report total relief once the baby is born.
In the meantime, here are a few tools to have on hand to help ease those aches and pains:
Socks + Rice
Filling a tube sock with rice and popping it in the microwave creates an easy, instant heating pad. Place the warm sock where it hurts and wait for sweet relief.
Puppy + Tennis Ball
Okay, okay, just a tennis ball will do! You can place the tennis ball between your back and a chair to apply pressure to the aching area. This can also be done on the floor, but will require some maneuvering.
Alternatively, you can have a friend, partner, or even your doula use the tennis ball to massage your back.
Oh, and while you're here, note this: tennis balls are GREAT for foot massages. Just roll it around on the floor under your aching feet for relief!
Bath (Bubbles Optional)
A warm (not hot!) bath may be just the ticket for relieving your backache, so sit back, relax, and soak it out.
If you think the aching in your back is due to the weight of your baby + sleeping on your side, rolling a few towels to prop under your growing belly while sleeping/lying down can help relieve some of that pressure.
Taking some time to stretch each day can do a lot for relieving general achiness. Getting on your hands and knees specifically pulls baby forward, taking some of the pressure off your back. Add in a few Cat-Cows for some extra stretching goodness.