My lovely chiropractor has helped a little, but is now on holiday, unfortunately for me. I will be straight round there when he gets back! In the meantime, I have been doing some exercises in an attempt to loosen it and applying ice packs. I have also been trying out the Deep Freeze Cold Patch.
These stick-on patches are designed to provide fast, effective relief from muscular and ligament aches, sprains and pains. The application of cold is important in aiding muscular injury recovery, and helps provide effective relief. They are also effective at reducing inflammation, so great for that other well-known pregnancy complaint, swollen ankles. Ice/cold works by lowering the temperature of the skin and underlying tissue which helps numb nerve endings, thus reducing both pain and swelling.
The Deep Freeze Cold Patch works just like an ice pack, but is convenient and easy to use, and comes in a resealable pack of 4 which you can pop in a pocket or handbag, great for when you're out and about. The patches contain menthol, aloe vera and water in a hydro-gel layer which slowly evaporates to produce prolonged cooling relief for up to three hours per patch. They adhere to the skin and stay in place under clothing. Each patch measures 9cm x 12cm (3.5" x 5").
I found the patches remarkably effective, to the extent that I had actually forgotten about the pain until I took it off and then moved awkwardly - OUCH! My only quibble would be to ask that the pack of 4 be packaged individually, having 4 in one resealable pack means they are a little awkward to get out, and if only used occasionally the remaining patches may dry out slightly between uses. But they are highly effective, and I really would recommend them to all the pregnant mamas out there.
With recent research revealing that back pain affects 3 out of 4 pregnant women, safe, effective pain relief is a maternity must-have. There are many risks to taking oral painkillers, with even Paracetamol now being in question, so to find something safe that works is vital. Deep Freeze Patch is the only topical pain relief product that can be safely used in pregnancy, and is therefore a breakthrough for mums-to-be.
A study of 1000 new mothers and mums-to-be commissioned by the pain relief experts at Deep Freeze showed that most pregnant women feel the strain, in their backs, swollen ankles and aching joints:
- One in five women (21%) suffers daily discomfort.
- Three in four (75%) suffer lower back pain
- One in five (21%) get aches higher up the spine
- For almost a third (28%) the joint and muscle pain is so debilitating that it leaves them unable to enjoy what should be one of the most wonderful times of their life.
Of course that is not acceptable, so I would urge all you mums-to-be to go out and buy some of these fab patches today. My only warning would be to make sure you wash your hands immediately after applying them - I forgot, and rubbed my eye *menthol - yow!*
The Deep Freeze Cold Patch retails at £1.55 for a single patch and £5.10 for a pack of 4. They are available from all major supermarkets, Boots and independent pharmacies nationwide.