Caring for Your Back after Pregnancy
By Sara Butler
Pregnancy certainly takes a toll on the body – just ask any pregnant woman. Yet after the baby is born, your back is still vulnerable to injury. According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopedics, between 50 and 90 percent of women experience low back pain when pregnant, and that pain may not go away if action isn't taken after the baby arrives. Here is how you and your chiropractor can keep your back healthy as you try to make your new baby happy, too.
When you’re at home you will need to pay close attention to how you do some things in order to keep your back healthy. You should:
- Choose a diaper bag wisely - You need a diaper bag that will distribute its weight evenly over your whole body. This will help any imbalances from popping up and causing problems down the road. You may want to consider a backpack as a diaper bag so the weight can be carried evenly.
- Stretch out – A great way to spend time with your baby and give yourself some attention is to join them during their tummy time. While they’re on the floor building stronger muscles, you can be on the floor stretching out your head and neck.
- Find a comfortable feeding position – When you feed your baby, you should keep them as close to you as possible. Also make sure you have a supportive and comfortable chair to do it in, utilizing pillows for some extra support.
- Take care at bath time – When you’re bathing your wee one, make sure you use a non-slip mat. Also, make sure you do not twist or reach too far into the tub to pick your slippery baby up. Instead of reaching into the tub, kneel beside it in order to keep your back safe.
At the Chiropractor
Having regular adjustments at the chiropractor is going to be really important to the health of your back. They can help to ensure your joints are returning to normal after the pregnancy in good alignment and help you deal with any problems that may arise from your new parental duties.
Your chiropractor can also arm you with some great stretching exercises to help you keep your neck, shoulders, and hips in alignment and keep back pain from continuing after pregnancy or getting worse.
If you have questions about back pain after giving birth, don’t hesitate to ask your chiropractor at The Joint today!