My internet research said to ice it initially, then heat it. So I iced it a few times (remember the rule when icing: 20-30 minutes, no direct contact with skin), saw a little change in it, and then did some heating on Monday (follow your heating pad's instructions!). Warm showers help, but it's not a direct enough contact to help the bruise. If you don't have a heating pad, a warm wash cloth would help a little; it's better than nothing! And a little over a week, my bruise is healed! All gone!
And that, my dear friends, is how to stop looking like a victim of domestic violence without awkwardly layering on the clothing even though you're pregnant and think it's too hot every where and really just don't like long sleeve shirts anyway!
|Initial Damage: bruise is so fresh it looks red, black, and purple|
|After Ice & Heat, a day or two later: Visible change|
|A few days: Starting to fade around the edges & lighten in color|
|One Week: Blood flows down. Bruise is darkest at the lowest point, and fading a ton.|
|A week and a few days: hardly visible.|