Walmart’s Buying Guide to the best heating pad for your needs may help a new or expectant mom safely get some relief from body discomfort.
As a new mom or mom-to-be, you’re likely experiencing aches and pains in places you’ve never felt before. Dry heat, moist heat, vibrating heat—heat can play a big role in helping a woman feel better when pre- and post-pregnancy twinges set in.
As noted by LiveStrong, pains due to pregnancy are usually most pronounced in the third trimester. According to Babycenter, a heating pad may safely alleviate pregnancy pain when moderate heat is applied to a single area of the body.
- A heating pad is considered to be a safe way to bring the relief of heat to a pregnant woman’s aching body. Some moms-to-be worry about applying heat because raising their core body temperature is risky for the baby. Women are advised to avoid hot tubs, saunas and long, hot showers during pregnancy. However, according to The Bump, using a heating pad on one area of the body doesn’t elevate the overall core body temperature.
- According to healthline, “Heat therapy opens blood vessels, increasing blood flow and bringing fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients. [Heat therapy] helps reduce joint pain and eases soreness in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.” The heat emitted from a heat pad may help increase range of motion and decrease muscle spasms.
- A heating pad can provide relief to an aching back, sore hips and joints, but isn’t recommended for an expectant mom’s belly. Avoid applying the pad directly to bare skin. Wrap it in a thin towel or place it over clothing. Use the lowest setting that’s effective, and don’t ever fall asleep with the pad on, no matter how tempting it may be.
Tip: As always, be sure to consult your physician before using any product or products during the course of your pregnancy. Work with your doctor to determine if a product is the right fit and safe for you to use.
Best Heating Pad for Your Needs
Best Heating Pads
The Sunbeam Xpress Heat King Size Heating Pad is 12” by 24” and heats twice as fast as traditional Sunbeam heating pads.
One side features soft micro plush fabric while the other side has soft touch heat fabric. It features auto shut-off, six heat settings and a nine-inch cord.
It also features a moist heat setting which can provide more relief and deeper penetrating heat than dry heating pads.
Some new moms and moms-to-be prefer a good old-fashioned rubber water bottle to the electric heating pad. Both types perform the same function, so the choice is up to you.
This two-quart, MABIS Rubber Water Bottle by SWITCH STICKS is just like the one your mom used to use. It’s flexible and conforms to your body.
Simply fill it with warm tap water and apply it to just about anywhere it hurts.
The Sunbeam Heat Therapy Massaging Heating Pad offers a gentle vibration massage along with soothing heat.
Use massage and heat independently or together, with two settings for each, to help relax tight muscles and ease joint pain.
Instead of trying to make a regular heating pad conform to the contours of your back, you may want to try one that’s already designed for the task.
Sunbeam’s Renue Relaxation Heating Pad, Lower Back, is covered in soft crystal velvet fabric and features settings for dry and moist heat.
The adjustable Velcro belt comes with an extender, to reach around a mom-to-be’s growing belly. It’s even machine washable.
If you prefer an all-purpose, natural heat solution, Sunbeam has you covered once again.
The Hot and Cold Back Wrap is soft, and gently contours the sore spot while the microwaved pack of rice and linseed oil relaxes tight muscles.
This wrap also works well on the neck, shoulders, leg – wherever you’re bothered by aches. And as its title suggests, it can also be used cold.
This Renue Tension Relief Heating Pad by Sunbeam features a tailored design for the neck and shoulder area.
It has a magnetic clasp and slight, weighted edges to help hold the wrap in place.
It has four heat settings and may be used with dry or moist heat. The pad is fully washable.
- The recommended limit for heating pad use in adults is 20 minutes per session. However, that drops in half for pregnant women. Ten minutes or less on any one area of the body is considered safe, according to Zawn Villines of MedicalNewsToday.
- Mayo Clinic describes back pain during pregnancy as a common complaint. Not only are you carrying another human being around, but that tiny person is also throwing off your centre of gravity and adding weight to your frame. Even when you’re wearing comfortable maternity clothes and resting regularly, backaches are still bound to happen. Staff at Mayo Clinic provide seven tips, including the application of a heating pad, that they believe may help relieve back pain during pregnancy.
- Oh, those aching joints. If you’re still venturing out for the day wearing heels, you may want to invest in a pair of sensible sneakers to help ease joint pain as you walk around. Add a pair of cushioned insoles for extra comfort. But let’s face it, there’s nothing you can do to completely stop the extra pressure that pregnancy puts on your knees and ankles, so you’ll need to find something that soothes your aching joints.
- Muscle aches can happen anywhere, and after a long day of shopping for the baby nursery, they often do! The neck and shoulders seem to get more than their share of strain during pregnancy. Maintaining good posture and staying active can help avoid problems in those areas, but when you need extra relief, the right heating pad might do the trick.
To plug or not to plug … perhaps to microwave! With Walmart’s large selection of heating pads, there’s sure to be one (or two) to ease the aches and pains that go along with pre- or post-pregnancy needs.