3 Awesome Ways to Ease Pregnancy Back Pain while looking stunning in your maternity pants
Back Pain is one of the most complained about symptoms of late pregnancy. However, a combination of factors can make it a constant through this nine month journey – from emotional stress, to the extra weight we support, not to mention all the games those cheeky hormones play in our systems.
As I’ve personally suffered back pain during my first pregnancy – I know how awful it is. So, to prevent you from ever having to experience it or to help you ease the pain if it’s already troubling you, I recommend you to jump into your maternity exercise pants and give these suggestions a good try. They’ve certainly worked for me!
#1: Delight with Regular Professional Massage Sessions
In my world, pregnancy massage is synonymous with “Heaven on earth”.
Yes, it’s that good.
Plus, when done effectively, it has been proven to minimise the effect hormones have on a pregnant woman’s body.
Not only that. Pregnancy massage has many other proven benefits for expecting mums:
- It will soothe your muscles and relieve joint pain. So, if you are experiencing sciatic nerve pain or lower back pain, it can be a life saver.
- It will also help you sleep better, feeling less uncomfortable.
- It will increase blood and lymph circulation.
- It will provide relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
- It will put a big smile in your face and reduce your stress levels.
So, talk to your obstetrician and if given the green light to put yourself through an hour of celestial rubbing, start searching for a qualified massage therapist.
What should you look for when selecting your pregnancy massage therapist?
- Current and appropriate licenses and permits to provide Massage Therapy in the area where he/she practices.
- Successful training in a Prenatal or Pregnancy Massage Training Program.
- Membership in the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.
- Good personal rapport – try to find someone you feel comfortable with.
Asking your friends who they recommend is a good first step toward finding someone you like.
Yes, I know, you’ve heard it before, I’ve said before, the whole world is praising the benefits of swimming during pregnancy. And yet, it’s not always easy to get yourself into your maternity swimming cosy, grab your sunscreen, your bottle of water, and drive yourself to your local beach or swimming pool.
I guarantee that if you find something stylish and comfortable to wear and give yourself the chance to enjoy that wonderful sensation of water on your body, the benefits you’ll get from swimming will far outweigh any feeling of awkwardness you may have:
- Water partially supports your heavier body, decreasing the added burden on your spine and limbs.
- Swimming during pregnancy increases maternal aerobic capacity and gives you an overall sense of well-being.
- Exercising in water gives you better range of motion without putting pressure on your joints.
- It helps relieve morning sickness.
- There’s minimal risk of falling and injuring your baby.
What do you think? Why don’t you give it a try?
You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.
All you need to do is apply the same level of common sense you would do in any other form of exercise while pregnant, and of course stay hydrated and never dive, jump in, or allow your body to overheat.
Go on, you’ve got a limited amount of time to celebrate your pregnant body and feel sexy! So, get your maternity swimwear, PregFit’s gorgeous maternity exercise pants and colourful tops, and off to the beach!
#3:Jump into your Pregfit’s Maternity Exercise gear for a session of relaxing Antenatal Pilates or Yoga
Have you always been inclined towards a little stretching?
Don’t put it off while you are expecting your baba, particularly if you are experiencing back pain.
Yoga and Pilates may as well have been designed with pregnant women in mind!
There are so many benefits to practicing these forms of exercise, including:
- Muscle strengthening,
- Stimulation of circulatory system,
- Increased flexibility,
- Increased joint suppleness,
- Improved breathing techniques
- Abdominal muscles and pelvis for delivery.
All in all, the breathing techniques and the exercises you’ll practice in your Yoga and Pilates class will not only help you ease your back pain and other pregnancy related problems but they’ll prepare you for a better labour experience.
And again, no need to feel conscious about your expanding baby bump!
Pilates and yoga are so beneficial for pregnant women that there are many classes catering specifically for mums-to be. So, don’t worry, you won’t be the only one with a big belly in the class!
Just remember to take it easy and practice at your own pace. Listen to your body.
PregFit’s super comfy Yoga and Pilates maternity pants and tops will make the experience even more relaxing (if that’s even possible!)
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Are you enduring pregnancy related back pain? I’d love you to share the ways you support yourself in the comments below. And if you haven’t tried anything yet, why not try swimming, massage, yoga or pilates – all awesome and extremely useful.
Angela Fogarty, Mama in Charge of pregfit.com.au