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During pregnancy, it’s common for women with a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) to gain between 25-35 lbs over the 9 months. With increased weight gain and ligament laxity, having extra support to hold the weight can really make a difference. There are many types of belly support you can use during pregnancy, but Kinesiotape has the advantage of being a very thin layer that provides support.

If you want something different for support, check out these other belly support options in this article here that can help reduce low back pain by supporting the abdomen. If you’re also having foot pain, check out this article on Kinesiotape for foot pain during pregnancy.

What is Kinesiotape?

Kinesiotape is a very flexiblehigh-grade cotton medical tape first developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase from Japan. The tape was designed with the famous fingerprint wave pattern that can help lift the skin to create space between the skin and tissue layers. The tape can help relieve discomfort, inflammation, and swelling.Kinesiotape is the brand name, but there are many other types of kinesiology tape on the market as well.

Disclaimer

Although I am a physical therapist by profession, I am not your physical therapist.  This information is for educational purposes only, it does not constitute as medical advice and does not establish any kind of therapist-patient relationship with me. I am not liable or responsible for any damages resulting from or related to your use of this information.

Precautions & Things to Know Before Using Kinesiotape

  • Prep your skin – make sure it is clean and dry and free from lotions
  • Do not tape over any open wounds
  • Tape can last 3 to 5 days however if any redness or discomfort occurs, remove promptly
  • The adhesive is heat activated, so rubbing helps the tape to adhere and to withstand sweating, showering and swimming
  • Always round the edges to help the tape
  • With pregnancy, your skin stretches and can become more sensitive, again remove if your skin becomes irritated
  • Always leave an anchor of 1 inch on either side of application for better durability

What & Where to Buy?

In the clinic, I always use Kinesiotape brand tape, however Rock Tape, KT Tape, and SpiderTech are other good options. You can purchase pre-cut tape, but buying a roll of tape gives you greater customization and flexibility (and less wasting).

Taping for Low Back Pain

It’s very common to have low back pain in pregnancy, and there are some different taping patterns you can use to help alleviate the pain. If your back pain is more generalized to your low back this is a great option to use for support. You can even move the horizontal piece up or down your back to the area where you have the most pain. This taping pattern typically requires an additional set of hands.

  • Measure the tape and cut 3 pieces. Two to use vertically along either side of your spine and one across your back
  • Start anchor (unstretched tape) at your low back on one side of your spine. Gently lean forward and stretch the tape up your back until the tape ends (remember to leave 1 inch at the end unstretched)
  • Repeat with another piece of tape at the other side of your spine
  • For the horizontal piece, tear the tape in the middle and stretch across your back at the area where you have most of the pain. Typically this is across your low back

Another Taping Option

You can also just use the horizontal tape across your low back as a second option.

Removing the Tape

The tape can be used for 3-5 days as long as there is no skin irritation. If it starts to peel back, you can trim the edges of the tape or try to smooth it out again. If you want to remove it, you can use baby oil to help break down the adhesive, let it soak in for a few minutes, and peel back slowly. You can also try removing it directly after a shower when it is softened. Remove any excess adhesive with oil.

Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4837927/