For those of you using our reflexology socks, it's important that you know how to properly position your body before using our products. This article is a great guide on how to sit and lay for your best pregnancy! Keep these tips in mind for reflexology in pregnancy or DIY pregnancy massage.
Laying on your back: The accepted knowledge in the prenatal community says not to lay flat on our backs during the second half of pregnancy. The weight of our overgrown uteruses can compress the vena cava (a massive blood vessel) that can wreak all kinds of havoc on your body. While you should always follow your doctor's advice, the Cleveland Clinic simply states "sleep in a position that helps you maintain the curve in your back". And common sense tells us that if you feel nauseas, dizzy, tingly, or short of breath, you should immediately roll over. This graphic is a great visual way to review the best positions for pregnant women.
Sitting: WebMD suggests the following process for finding the ideal sitting position:
Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair.Sit with a back support (such as a small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar roll) at the curve of your back. Pregnancy pillows are sold at many retailers.
Once you find a comfortable seated position, make sure your weight is distributed evenly on your hips. We suggest that you never sit in one position for too long, so you don't compromise your blood flow. Even if you just wiggle your toes, bounce your legs or readjust your posture, make sure you do something to keep the blood moving after about 30 minutes.
If you're using our socks, we believe that the most practical position is in a reclining chair or a couch with an ottoman. That way, you're still relaxed but aren't putting any weight on your back. If you've found a position that works better for you, let us know!
*The advice in this article is not meant to be medical advice. Please verify any new positioning with your doctor. *