Wednesday, 27 September 2017

MOTHERHOOD: Easing Back Pain in Pregnancy & whilst Breastfeeding with Deep Freeze

It's only been 3 months, but already I miss being pregnant; lovingly stroking my bump, wandering what she'll look like and how our family will adapt to life as a four. There are a few things I certainly don't miss though, heartburn being one and back pain being the other. Throughout both my pregnancies I've struggled with back pain, trapped nerves and muscular pain, probably due to my rather large baby bumps! Isabella weighed 8lb 3ozs and Poppy weighed 8lb 13ozs, so both of my girls were on the larger size, not to mention the incredible size of my placenta both times (who knew a placenta was that big?!). All of this contributed to me struggling with back pain, especially in my lower back, as I was carrying around all that extra weight. According to Deep Freeze I'm not alone, they conducted a poll back in March 2013 and found that as many as 98% of pregnant ladies suffered muscular back pain at some stage in their pregnancy.

Personally, I struggled the most during the third trimester, as I'm sure was the case for a lot of the women asked. Carrying a baby is hard work, especially if it's not your first child as you're probably having to run around, carry and play with your other child/ren too. I know that my recent pregnancy with Poppy really tested my body's strength and at times I was left in quite a lot of pain, which is when I turned to Deep Freeze for relief. The Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Gel and Pain Relief Cold Patches are both drug-free, so are the perfect option for relieving back pain during pregnancy and/or while your breastfeeding. When my back pain with Poppy was at its worst I used the Cold Patches because it offered fast acting cooling relief, was quick to put on (ideal as having Isabella meant there was no 'me time' for a spot of r&r) and lasted up to 3 hours. I'd pop a patch on whenever the pain was really bad and go about my day as I normally would.

Since giving birth to Poppy I can't say I've been completely free of back pain unfortunately, in fact in some ways I'm struggling more now than I did during pregnancy. This is because I'm breastfeeding, babywearing and almost constantly carrying either Poppy or Isabella. Breastfeeding is probably the biggest contributor to my back pain now, as I spend hours each day leaning over to feed Poppy. Although using a breastfeeding pillow really helps I'm not always in a position where I can use one, for instance when we're out or if there isn't one where I'm feeding at home. That paired with carrying Poppy everywhere we go, as we don't have a double pushchair and a lack of strength due to the pregnancy I am still finding myself suffering from back ache on a weekly basis.
So, I've recently started using the Deep Freeze Cold Patches again in an attempt to relieve the muscular pain. I'm also starting to do gentle exercise now that I've past the six week post-partum mark, as I really need to start building up my strength again. But in the meantime I'm relying on the drug-free option of Deep Freeze to offer fast acting pain relief. As I am breastfeeding it is the perfect option for me because I like to keep the amount of drugs I'm putting into my body at an absolute minimum or ideally none at all.
Did/do you suffer from back pain in pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding?


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Helen x

*Always discuss new pregnancy symptoms with a doctor.
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24 comments

  1. I really like Deep Freeze products and it is so nice when you find something that helps. Pregnancy and carrying children, as you mention, really does take it out on our poor backs!

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  2. I suffer post pregnancy as a result of epidural with a huge back pain so your post is something i can relate to , back pain is the worst - thank you for your post - i will try it

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  3. Great idea - I will definitely try these! I really struggle with back pain, especially in pregnancy, from a horse riding accident years ago. Never thought about using cold compresses though! X

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  4. Hope they help your back pain! I struggle with recurring back pain from getting hit by a motorbike years ago and have always used deep heat as I don't like taking too many painkillers!

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  5. These deep freeze products are amazing. My mum uses them as never has anything but positive things to say about it!

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  6. Oh my goodness I totally forget about Deep Freeze as a way of easing pain...sounds like every pregnant mum needs this in her pregnancy survival armory!

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  7. deep freeze products are just the best, I have used it before for muscle strains and knee joint pain . It is indeed very effective xx

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  8. deep freeze products are just the best, I have used it before for muscle strains and knee joint pain . It is indeed very effective xx

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  9. Oh goodness, I'd forgotten how much back pain I had during pregnancy - and in those early months of breastfeeding. Definitely one of the biggest downsides. I'll have to invest in some Deep Freeze if we're ever crazy enough to do it all again!

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  10. I've suffered with horrific sciatica ever since carrying my girls. It plagues me constantly. Babies really do take the toll on our bodies!

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  11. I love using deep freeze. I have terrible back pains, even as I type this I can still feel it!

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  12. Kudos to you for trying out drug-free options. Ill keep this tip in mind for when its my time around. Thank you.

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  13. I love these packs, I have a lot of back issues after three breaks and these and the deep heat really do help me!

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  14. Oh I remember my back pain being hell when I was pregnant. Deep Freeze is very handy for this :)

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  15. I struggled with baby wearing due to back pain. I would have loved to worn my babies more. I never considered drug free options like this. They would have been useful in pregnancy.

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  16. My hubby loves this stuff! It really works!

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  17. Thankfully not something I suffered from, that's all you need when pregnant.

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  18. I suffer with terrible back pain, it started when pregnant with my son 13yrs ago! This sounds like a great product

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  19. I have never tried anything like this before, it sounds great for those suffering from aches and pains in pregnancies x

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  20. I really suffered with back pain during pregnancy and know these would have really helped - might get some for Hubby's shoulder as he has done himself a mischief

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  21. I work at a desk at work for 8 hours and my back is always aching when I finish my shift! I should really look into investing into some of these!



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  22. Not during pregnancy, but I suffer from back pain in general. So will deffo check these out.

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  23. I'm glad you found something that helps you and I hope it gets completely better soon. I get back pain in general and I love these! x

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  24. This is a safe way to deal with pains during pregnancy and generally. I love Deep Freeze products.

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