Pregnancy and Dry Body Brushing
Taking time for daily ritual during pregnancy is a beautiful way to create a self-care practice for your own beautiful self. As your body changes during this incredible time, daily rituals can be crucial to maintaining your own self-care.
Dry body brushing is a great add-on to your morning routine that will take you through for the rest of your life.
Many women are turning to dry body brushing while pregnant for an extra boost of energy. It is perfect to stimulation of the lymphatic system and enhances blood circulation.
Dry body brushing can help ward off stretch marks during pregnancy and assist in tightening your skin during your fourth trimester.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it can get sluggish during pregnancy as it is overworked.
Swelling can be reduced by moving the lymph, it can help with the water retention which can occur during pregnancy so this practice can be a beautiful way to detox your skin through dry body brushing.
Before bathing - Create a space to mindfully make long slow strokes:
• Begin sweeping your feet, starting with the soles of your feet as this area has many little nerve endings that need to be stimulated
• Continue brushing up your legs
• Proceed to your hands moving up your arms
• From your neck stroke down towards your heart
• Use circular clockwise strokes on your abdomen - This follows the path of your colon and helps stimulate elimination.
• Brush upwards from your lower back and down from your neck
Be extra gentle during pregnancy, especially the stomach, very light strokes or if it feels uncomfortable don’t brush the stomach at all.
This can be a beautiful time to set intentions while you brush your skin. Using mantras for you and your babies health and deepening connection, your baby will feel the love moving through you.
You may choose to massage your favourite organic oils like Almond oil onto your body before or after bathing.
Always check-in with your doctor, mid-wife or obstetrician before you go ahead with this practice, if you have been dry body brushing before pregnancy, it is most likely you are fine. But, it is always good to check-in for their advice.
Nourish you during this sacred time Mumma’s.
Stass & Co