Pregnancy and childbirth can be a difficult time for mothers. It is a mixture of pain, annoyances, sheer joy, and beauty for most women. While childbirth is a miracle, it is also filled with pains and aches that include sore feet, the actual pain of childbirth, and an aching back.
Unfortunately, it is also a period of time when women can’t use most of the standard pain treatments they would ordinarily grab without a second thought. NSAIDs are off the table, hot baths are frowned on, and since your skin can absorb chemicals, almost all gels and creams are off the table.
Thankfully, many hot and cold therapy products are safe to use both during the prenatal and postnatal period so that women can find some type of pain relief. Remember, the rules don’t change after childbirth since most women breastfeed, so you need to find a safe and effective pain reliever that is safe for the baby as well.
Headaches, Swollen Breasts, & Nausea Oh My: Welcome to the First Trimester
While nausea and morning sickness are the major issues for most women during the first trimester some also complain of headaches and swollen breasts. Warm and cold compresses are excellent for treating headaches and swollen breasts as your body prepares for your little one. A cold compress, in particular, can be a great option to help relieve nausea while lying down.
The Growing Pains of the Second Trimester
Out of the three trimesters, the second is usually considered the easiest since the morning sickness will pass for most women, and they are not feeling the baby’s full weight on their body. However, women do gain some weight during this period, leading to aching hips, back, hips, and even the groin area. Heat therapy can help relieve casual aching at the end of the day or can be used on sore feet for natural relief.
Nearing the Finish Line in the Third Trimester
The third trimester is usually the most uncomfortable for women. The minor aches from weight gain have become everyday occurrences and can sometimes be tear-producing. Many women complain that their bodies feel out of control and that everything is swollen and uncomfortable. Cold therapy is an excellent way to treat swelling feet or hands, while a warm compress can help with the growing aches. If your back is bearing the brunt of the pain, try using a hot pack on your lower back for immediate, soothing relief. Some of the unluckiest women develop hemorrhoids during their third trimester, but a perineal cold pack is a great way to get relief.
Post-Natal Hot & Cold Therapy
Unfortunately, childbirth does not end the pain of pregnancy; in fact, it is the final number and brings with it an overwhelming amount of discomfort and pain. However, growing studies show that applying heat therapy directly to the perineal area will help reduce tearing and help manage some pain. In addition, using cold and hot packs alternatively during active labor can also help reduce pain for those attempting a natural birth. After birth, hot and cold ice packs are great for soothing pain in the perineal area and aiding with letdown when breastfeeding.
Warming Therapeutic Products for Baby
Mom is not the only one that benefits from cold and hot therapy; baby can as well. An Infant Transport Mattress is an excellent tool to help the baby regulate their temperature when the baby needs to be transported to a NICU or another hospital. When blood work is required, an infant heel warmer can help increase blood flow to ensure that only one prick is needed to obtain a blood sample. Both products are designed to help minimize the risks of medical intervention while the baby is a newborn.
Happy Mom, Happy Baby. Rapid Aid Is Here To Help
It’s clear to see the efficiency of hot and cold therapy as pain management during the pre and post-natal stages. Rapid Aid hot and cold ice packs are one of the only products you can always rely on. Both natural and chemical-free, there is no wrong time to grab an instant ice pack or a heating pack. Rapid Aid proudly offers product solutions that will help a woman from pregnancy through to the end of breastfeeding. For more information on hot and cold therapy products ideally suited for pre and post-partum, please browse our maternity products section or contact one of our sales agents.
Caution: Do not use hot or cold therapy for more than 20 minutes at a time. Consult your doctor before beginning any treatment options.