Protecting Your Back as a Mom – Part Two
Last week, we went over different ways to avoid back pain as a new mom. You can read part one here. Of course all of these tips are important for any parent to remember. Moms typically are prone to more pain associated with caring for their child because they have weakened abdominal muscles from birth. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind to prevent and treat back pain while you are busy taking care of your little ones.
Lighten the Diaper Bag Load: Diaper bags can be a mom's best friend and her worst enemy. On one hand, they have so many pockets and enough room for everything baby needs. However they are also a major cause in back pain in moms. Most diaper bags are one shoulder bags that moms overstuff and sling over their shoulder while carrying their baby on the same hip.
This causes more weight to be put on one side of the body, which can cause misalignment and pain. Instead of one shoulder diaper bags, look for styles that look like backpacks. This will allow you to disburse the weight of the bag evenly across the back. If you have a one shoulder bag you can’t give up, then follow these two tips:
- First, don’t fill your diaper bag with everything and the kitchen sink. Instead, pack only what is necessary for you and the baby for that trip. You can always store extra baby back ups in the car.
- Secondly, you should alternate shoulders frequently and adjust the straps so that the main portion of the bag rests slightly on your hip. It is important to have good posture when carrying your diaper bag to further prevent pain.
Use Baby Gates Safely: Many parents will use baby gates, which is a great way to keep your little ones out of the dangerous areas of your home. However, did you know that these safety gates can be unsafe for you? When you step over the baby gate several times a day, you are creating muscle imbalance. It may seem innocent enough to step over the gate, but it is much better to take the few extra seconds to walk through the gate’s door.
See a Chiropractor: When it comes to preventing and trating back pain as a mom, it is very important to see a chiropractor, especially shortly after giving birth. A mom’s body changes drastically during the nine months they are carry a little baby. Hips expand and pressure is put on the lower back. It is not uncommon for the back pain to continue even after the baby is out. This is because your back, spine, and hips need to be realigned. A chiropractor can help align your body and get rid of postpartum back pain after a few adjustments.
As a mom, your job is already hard enough. Dealing with back pain on top of taking care of your baby or child makes your job even harder. If you have reccurring back pain, don't just wish that it would go away. Sleeping it off or taking over-the-counter medications is not the solution that will heal your back. Instead you need to prevent your back pain with these tips and see a chiropractor to help get to the root of the problem.
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