17 Jan Oedema – my not so fond memories of pregnancy
Yesterday I was reminded of what it was like to be several months pregnant during the scorching heat of summer and have ankles so tight and swollen that you feel your skin might split! Oedema is, for a lot of women, a common condition throughout pregnancy. Some get it only in their feet and ankles while others, as did I, had it in all their extremities. For myself this meant enduring months of pins and needles in my hands brought about by carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from the fluid in my hands and wrists.
I began my journey as a massage therapist post having my babies. I wish I had known then what I know now!
Massage is so beneficial if you’re suffering the effects of oedema during pregnancy. It helps to ease the swollen and sometimes cracking skin through the application of oils. It brings sweet relief when you can feel the fluid starting to move as blood and lymph flow is stimulated by the flowing strokes. Your muscles ease and you relax. I strongly recommend seeing a qualified therapist to help ease the often uncomfortable effects of fluid retention during pregnancy.
Here I am 8 months pregnant with my second child dressed up for a friends 30th.