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Beauty & The Bump: Aches & Pains
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Beauty & The Bump: Aches & Pains
October 12, 2017
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Beauty & The Bump: Aches & Pains
October 12, 2017
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I know, I know… You’re pregnant. You’re glowing, you’re the bearer of life, radiant in your prime… But clichés aside, there is another side to pregnancy, which, let’s face it, is a little less whimsical and a little bit more of a pain in the neck – quite literally.
When I was pregnant I was constantly torn between being so grateful to be in the position that I was in to be carrying a child, and yet at times so woeful for the massive, and painful, changes my body was experiencing. Here, a few remedies and pieces of advice for anyone else who is feeling the same.

Sore back

Massage, massage, massage. I tried a few pregnancy massages over the course of my pregnancy and the Cowshed one was the one that kept me going back for more. 30 minutes of intense back, neck and shoulder massage on an ergonomically-designed chair (it’s much more comfy than it sounds) and then the remaining 30 minutes lying on the bed whilst the therapist works on your head, arms and legs. Plus the products do wonders to energise and restore. Pure bliss.

Swollen feet

Oh, swollen feet. The joys. If you’re someone who happens to be pregnant in the summer then flip-flops will be your best friend, but in the winter months invest in a pair of high street boots or trainers one size up from your usual size to allow for the swelling. It sounds simple, but I spent a while convincing myself nothing had changed and all my lovely pre-pregnancy shoes worked for me in my third trimester, which was far from the case. I found myself positively elated when I relinquished them for shoes that actually fit my new larger feet. Elemis’ Cooling Gel is also the best to soothe aching swollen limbs. I went through two tubes in the last 8 weeks alone.

Cramps

If, like mine, your cramps mostly happen at night it’s not ideal when you’re already having to deal with the aforementioned broken sleep. Surprisingly common in pregnancy, I found them to be remedied with regular stretching, hot water bottles when sore and magnesium spray massaged into the muscles before bed. Being methodical about dealing with it is key. Stretch it out, ladies.

Broken Sleep
Some sleep the whole way through their pregnancy, others toss and turn throughout, some just find themselves with broken sleep towards the end. Either way a pregnancy pillow is truly your best friend. Yes, it creates a veritable wall between you and your other half, but it really helps you to position your body in the right way so that comfort doesn’t need to be a reason you’re not sleeping. Confession: a year and a half after giving birth I still sleep with mine…
“Either way a pregnancy pillow is truly your best friend”.

 

 

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