At pregnancy week 26, go ahead and unwind a little for taking good care of yourself and your baby. KK Women's and Children Hospital (KKH) shares how.
It's about time to give yourself a little treat for taking good care of yourself and baby all the way to pregnancy week 26.
Tips to relieve backaches during pregnancy
By now, you may have experienced backaches as you and baby get bigger.
If those backaches are getting you down, a massage is a wonderful way to unwind and rest those tired muscles.
However, do avoid the following during a prenatal massage or spa treatment:
- No massaging of the tummy or breast area
- No relaxation oils as they may precipitate womb contractions
- No treatments that raise your body temperature such as sauna, steam room and hot tub
2. Warm bath
Warm baths are good to relieve muscle tension, as long as they are not too hot. If you have a tub, you may want to put your legs up and enjoy a nice soak in the bath. Otherwise, a warm shower will be just as good.
Managing stress: Your partner can help
a) Offload responsibilities
While we are on the topic of unwinding, you may want to pass some responsibilities to your husband or partner to lighten the load. Your body has been doing the heavy lifting after all! For example, you can ask him to help clean hard to reach places in the house or the litter box if you have pets.
b) Do it together
Doing things together and feeling supported will help you feel ready to take on the coming weeks of pregnancy. Simply keeping up to date with your pregnancy journey through reading, seeing the obstetrician together, preparing the arrival of baby and discussing his role during the delivery may help take your mind off the stress of the impending delivery. A little preparation goes a long way.
About now, your baby's eyelids open and the eye lens can be seen. Its retina would have developed and technically speaking your baby can actually "see". The images it captures will be sent to the visual centre and be processed by the brain.
Your baby's brain waves are also being put in motion. It is able to process sensory stimuli and respond to them.
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