Kinesio Tape Takes the Pressure Off During Pregnancy

A female friend puts Kinesio tape on a pregnant woman's lower back to relieve pain.More than two-thirds of pregnant women experience low-back pain, lumbar pain, pelvic girdle pain and other joint-related discomfort that can manifest during pregnancy. While some over-the-counter medications are deemed safe for pregnant women, most try to stay away from anything that could affect their unborn child. Therefore, many need to find another way to unbare the burden of their expanding belly.

Kinesio tape is a drug-free elastic therapeutic tape used by many professional athletes today. This colorful tape, made from cotton and acrylic adhesive, can be used to support injured muscle groups, improve fascia function and position, increase segmental stability, activate the blood and lymph flow and decrease pain.

Kinesio tape, or k-tape, is more flexible than athletic tape, and can stay put for two, even three days if used correctly. Strategically applied to the abdomen and/or back, it is especially helpful in relieving round ligament pain, that sharp jab in the lower abdomen or groin. There are a wide variety of taping applications, but here are a few of the more common applications. You will need a buddy to help you.

Baby Belt

Cut two pieces of tape about 3 feet long. Anchor the tape at the front of the hip. Raise one arm and apply the tape in a spiral pattern under the belly and around to the opposite shoulder. Repeat the pattern on the other side.

Front Sling with Baby Belt

Cut two strips about 15” long. With your arms above your head, attach strips at the pelvis and carefully run over the middle of the stomach, up to the rib cage. See instructions above for Baby Belt.

Lower Back

First, bend at the waist and anchor the tape at the glute and run two stripes vertically on each side of the spine. Don’t stretch the tape. Next, apply decompression strap over pain area on the lower back. Stretch the tape 50% in the middle.

Make sure that tape is always applied on clean, dry skin approximately 10 minutes before activity. Only stretch the middle of the tape and keep it in a cool, dry place.