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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.

Best Heating Pad for Your Needs

Best Heating Pads

Sunbeam-Xpress-Heat-King-Size-Heating-Pad

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.

MABIS-Rubber-Water-Bottle

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.

Sunbeam-Heat-Therapy-Massaging-Heating-Pad

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.

Sunbeam-Renue-Relaxation-Heating-Pad,-Lower-Back

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.

Sunbeam-Hot-and-Cold-Back-Wrap

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.

Sunbeam-Renue-Tension-Relief-Heating-Pad,-Gray

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.

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.

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