Tips For Getting Some Relief
- Wear loose fitting clothes including your Bra. Switch to a sports top or supportive camisole.
- Make more room - sit up straight while supporting your back. Hunching over lowers your ribs even more.
- Sit for short periods only - get up and take regular stretch breaks or walks
- Heat or cold packs – whatever works best for you may help
- Watch what you eat – your stomach and intestines are under pressure. Eat small meals more often. Consider reducing fatty or oily foods, sugary goods, hot spicy foods and of course coffee tea and alcohol.
- Pay attention to your elimination – avoid constipation and an over full bladder.
- Have a nice hot shower – especially before bed. Support yourself with pillows when lying down
- Exercises and stretches that help you lengthen out: swimming, pregnancy yoga
- See a pregnancy massage therapist. A massage can release tight muscles and tissues and provide you with much needed relaxation.
- See you midwife or doctor and discuss analgesia. While it is best to avoid medications, it may be needed at times. Avoid any anti-inflammatories.
Try These Stretches
Big Banana - Pop a pillow under your lower back and hips. Lie along the edge of your bed and stretch out your arms above your head legs long. Drop one leg off the edge of the bed to lengthen even more. Allow your body to roll slightly to the side to take the baby’s weight off the large major blood vessels in your abdomen.Here is a link to "Caroline’s Blog" which has a lovely 11 minute yoga routine to aid release in your ribs back and hips.