I began a new weekly ritual several months ago to incorporate relaxing warm baths into my self-care routine! During this pregnancy after a busy week, it has been quite therapeutic and beneficial to my health.
The body goes through so many physical changes, and in the 3rd trimester, muscles experience more tension, ligaments stretch, and your joints or back may strain to support that beautiful life being created inside. Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath is a great holistic way of calming the body, because of the anti-inflammatory properties of magnesium that get absorbed. I like to also add my essential Lavender oil into the bath too, burn a soy-based candle to help set the mood, and sometimes play nature music in the background, or a hypnotherapy meditation session to ease the mind. The best part is just how it makes me feel lighter from the day, as the water floats up my heavy womb, instead of the pulling sensation of gravity. Afterwards, my mind and body feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Did you know a study showed soaking in hot baths for an hour may also reduce blood sugar levels and burn over 100 calories? Nice huh!? Definitely exercise caution though with how hot the water temperature is, if you're pregnant or have underlying health conditions. What are some of your favorite self-care rituals?
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