Mummies & Daddies - Post Pregnancy Backache? July 15, 2014 23:42
Oh yea, we've all heard of pregnancy backaches. Post pregnancy backaches anyone - the one that comes about from caring for your precious angel and the mountain of necessities that come along with (read: car seat, stroller, diaper bags and your lil bub!)
Great tips on caring for your back, re-purposed with slight edits from babyzone.com.
Heavy Lifting: A New Mom's Guide for Avoiding Injury
- Lugging and infant seat : Put both hands on the handle, bend your elbows, and carry the car seat in front of you. The less distance between your torso and what you’re carrying, the better for your back. Using both hands also helps distribute the weight evenly.
- Lifting Your Baby from the Crib: Plant your feet shoulder-width apart, lower the crib railing, and bend your knees. Then bring your baby as close to your body as possible before lifting him.
- Carrying a Toddler : Balance your child’s body weight evenly – use ergonomic carriers that care for you and your baby. Try ErgoBaby and feel instant relief. Caring for yourself enables you to care for your tiny tot!
- Putting Your Child on Your Lap : Get down on one knee with the other foot planted in front of you, and hold her as you move back into your seat. Or have your child climb into your lap.
- Lifting Your Toddler from a Car Seat: Put one leg into the car and face the car seat as you’re putting your child in it, recommends Traci O’Hara, a physical therapist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Bergen County, New Jersey. You’ll take pressure off your back. If the car seat is in the middle of the back seat, climb in and face the car seat as you lift your child into it.
- Get Strong! Strengthen your core muscles, work on your back, abdominal, pelvic and hip muscles as often as you can.