Cushion and bath pillows: When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes many changes that can sometimes make it difficult to get comfortable while relaxing in the bathtub or even taking a shower. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to keep yourself as relaxed and pain-free as possible while also protecting your precious baby from any harm. Here are five ways bath cushions and bath pillows can ease you while pregnant.
1) Swimming During Pregnancy
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that can be done throughout your pregnancy without putting too much strain on your body. With your medical professional’s approval, try spending 10-15 minutes in a pool, letting all of your cares slip away as you glide through water. Adding a bath pillow or bath cushion can be just what you need during pregnancy as well, which will make it easier for you to recline in a bathtub full of soothing water. It’s also an excellent way to unwind after a long day at work!
2) Aromatherapy During Bath Time
Aromatherapy is a great natural way to reduce stress and relax during pregnancy. Try placing bath cushions or pillows that contain aromatherapy on top of your stomach for 10-15 minutes at a time. You can also place them over your abdomen while you’re sitting in a chair, reading, watching TV, etc. Keep an eye out for any negative side effects (i.e., nausea) before trying these tips out! If they don’t work for you, it might be worth considering other options.
3) Help with Back Pain
One common symptom during pregnancy is back pain. Being pregnant puts a lot of stress on your body, specifically your back. This can lead to a number of health complications. Thankfully, there are several ways you can use bath cushions and bath pillows while pregnant that may help with back pain during pregnancy. We’ve outlined five helpful tips below. If you have any questions or concerns about using bath cushions and bath pillows during pregnancy, please contact your physician for more information.
4) Water Massage
Water is great for relieving tension in your back and shoulders, both of which are often sore during pregnancy. So take a warm bath with water jets or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your bath water. Get comfortable with a cushioned bath pillow (this one is incredibly luxurious) while you read your favorite magazine or grab an easy-to-read book on your Kindle. You deserve it!
5) Improved Circulation from Warm baths
Taking a long, warm bath can improve circulation throughout your body, which eases backaches and makes it easier for your baby to get oxygen. Also, taking baths at night can help you sleep more soundly through the night. A study published in Behavioral Sleep Medicine found that women who took daily evening baths experienced better quality of sleep than those who didn’t. This is likely because soaking in hot water relaxes muscles and reduces tension, helping you drift off faster when bedtime rolls around.