Giving birth is one of the most painful and challenging things a human being can endure.
The toll it takes on a woman's body is immeasurable. And the last thing women want to do after giving birth is carry around an 8-pound baby.
But there are ways to cope with getting over the soreness and alleviating the pain, particularly in your back.
You would think that after giving birth, the worst pain would be over. That is true to some extent, but that doesn’t mean we are completely out of the woods. No matter how tiny they may be, holding a baby for great part of the day can take a toll on your back.
Not to mention all the bending down to change diapers, dress, bathe, feed, etc. The constant strain and extra weight you’re carrying around can cause back pain and achy joints, which is just about the last thing you need right now. I myself suffered from these inconvenient ailments, so I turned to my chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin for some tips on how to both prevent and alleviate the pain.
If you’re already experiencing soreness, Dr. Berlin recommends massages and chiropractic adjustments to help loosen tight muscles and restore motion, as well as overall relaxation. Good hydration is also key as dry muscles become stiff and spasm, so keep that water bottle nearby at all times. And make sure to take a multivitamin with minerals, especially if you’re nursing. Babies suck out a lot of nutrients that your muscles need to relax.
As for preventive measures, Dr. Berlin emphasizes the importance of stretching regularly. Posture is also essential, so you might want to look at yourself in the mirror when holding your child to make sure that you are not bending significantly to one side with your hip closing in on your shoulder. This will cause muscles to tighten on one side and weaken on the other.
Examine your posture when breastfeeding, too, to make sure you’re not slumping. If you are, add a back support pillow and sit with your knees slightly higher than your hips to keep the hip joints open.
Finally – and you may not like this, but it’s really important – wear supportive shoes! This is just one of those times when fashion has to take a backseat.
Such great advice! And Ali's right. Being a new mom isn't about being a fashionista. It's about being comfortable, energized, and ready to go at a moment's notice.