Pregnancy is an intense physical experience that requires long term recuperation following birth. Unfortunately, as your body seeks recovery, the demands of caring for a new-born child can leave you susceptible to back and joint pain.
The truth is, new parents spend a lot of time carrying, bending, lifting and twisting in the weeks and months prior to the birth of a baby, and this can put uncomfortable pressure on your spine and joints such as the knees as your baby grows.
Here we offer three tips to avoid problems with back and joint pain when caring for your new-born baby.
Consider your breastfeeding posture
There are many known benefits of breastfeeding, but aiding posture for Mum doesn’t tend to be one of them. So during breastfeeding make sure to sit in a place that supports your back properly and put some pillows on your lap to absorb the weight of your baby during feeding. If you suffer with stiffness in your neck, you should also take breaks from looking down at your child and move your head into a more comfortable position - every little helps.
Whether it’s jogging, yoga or pilates, maintaining activity is really important. At some point during your pregnancy the midwife or other medical professional should have advised you on exercises to undertake following childbirth. These exercises may only consist of short routines, but they are important as they help to strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, safeguarding against back and joint pain.
Sleep is your (forgotten) friend
Opportunities may be few and far between, but when you get the chance to sleep always make the most of it. We all know that sleep plays a vital role in our physical health, and this is particularly important for a new mother, offering the rest and recuperation required to combat aches and pains.
If your back and joints are feeling the strain of caring for your new-born, contact Fiona Passey Osteopaths today to see how we may be able to help ease the pain. Click here to find out more.