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December 02, 2021 2 min read

As a mom, your day is jampacked with toddler negotiations, personal chauffer duties, and culinary ventures. But if you’re dealing with period cramps, it can be enough to make you want to curl up on the couch and ask your little one to cut their own crust off that PB&J.

Those monthly cramps are no joke but your simple solution may lie with a cuddly koala, sloth, unicorn, or elephant. That’s right – your child’s Lil’ Toasty heatable plush animal isn’t just for soothing an upset belly or relaxing before bedtime. It might also be the secret to banishing those period cramps and getting back on your feet. Find out more about why you get these awful cramps and how heat therapy helps to soothe them.

What causes period cramps?

According to the Mayo Clinic, period cramps occur when “your uterus contracts to help expel its lining.” Your body produces hormone-like substances during that time of month and their presence can make your uterine muscles contract, causing pain and discomfort in your abdomen.

The more of this substance your body produces, the more severe and ongoing these uterine contractions are, causing even more intense cramping. You’re at greater risk for period cramps if you entered puberty at a young age, are a smoker, have a family history of severe cramps, or experience irregular and/or heavy bleeding every month.

How does heat therapy work?

When you apply a heat pack, such as your cute Lil’ Toasty heatable plush animal, to your lower abdomen, it works to relax your muscles. When heat is applied to your uterine muscles, contractions are dulled as blood flow is increased to the area. This increased blood flow soothes the area and encourages your uterus to chill out on the contractions and the pain.

How do I use it?

To harness the power of heat therapy, you simply need to hijack your child’s Lil’ Toasty. Pop on some Paw Patrol to distract your little one and carve out a few quiet moments lying down on the couch. After throwing this heatable stuffed animal into the microwave for a few seconds, place it on your abdomen, close your eyes, and let the heat work its magic for about 15 minutes. You may need to repeat this process a few times each day, depending on when your period cramps start to rear their ugly head.

Your Lil’ Toasty heatable stuffed animal is Designed to Help and filled with all-natural clay beads that heat up and provide instant relief for period cramps. If monthly cramps are your kryptonite, a good heat therapy may be all you need to get back to tackling your SuperMom tasks!