Women who have experienced pregnancy know it comes with a lot of aches and pains. Pregnancy discomforts can be tough to manage because you are limited regarding what pain-relieving medications you can safely take.
Many pregnant women try alternative methods to manage minor pregnancy aches such as yoga or stretching, meditation or light exercise.
One of the latest tools in the battle against pregnancy discomfort is kinesiology tape. Ask your OB/GYN if it is a safe main management method for you to try.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesio Tape is elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. It is latex-free, hypoallergenic and can be worn for days at a time.
Kinesio Tape Facts:
- Made from a 100 percent cotton fiber
- Uses medical grade acrylic adhesive
- Does not restrict range of motion
- Tension on tape is designed relax or stimulate muscles
Can kinesiology tape be used by pregnant women?
A study by the National Institutes of Health indicates that “Kinesio taping can be used as a complementary treatment method to achieve effective control of pregnancy-related low back pain.”
Check with your doctor before trying Kinesiology tape because every woman and every pregnancy is different. And always contact your doctor about any sharp, unusual or concerning pains.
What kinds of pregnancy aches can it help with?
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic discomfort
- Round ligament pain
- Swollen feet
How can kinesiology tape be used?
If you have sensitive skin, begin by testing it on a small patch of skin to ensure you don’t react to the adhesive. If you have no reaction, with your doctor’s approval, try these taping techniques:
Belly Belt. A strip or two placed low on the belly beneath your “bump” can relieve some of the pressure you may feel in later months.
Lower Back Relief. Tape either two parallel strips or an X across your lower back, just below the waist for support and pain relief.
Diaphragm Support. If the baby is riding high, you may find it difficult to breathe or experience heartburn. A strip across the top of your belly can help to gently press the baby down, giving you some breathing room.
For more advice on how to make your surrogate pregnancy as comfortable as possible, contact the specialists at Surrogate Solutions.