How to get relief from post-pregnancy backpain?
We all know that having a baby has wonderful benefits (aside from lack of sleep!) and during the carrying stage the mother goes through extra pressure on the spine due to the baby load and extra weight etc. However not many discuss the post backpain issues that come from carrying a baby about, sleeping badly and breastfeeding.
Points to consider:
- Stand – and sit – up straight.
- Pay attention to your body position when feeding your baby,- nursing or bottle-feeding. Choose a comfortable chair with armrests, and use lots of pillows to give extra support to your back and arms. If you’re breastfeeding, consider buying a breastfeeding pillow that goes around your middle. Also try using a footstool to keep your feet slightly raised off the floor.
- Learn to position yourself properly while nursing, and always bring your baby to your breast, rather than the other way around.
- Try different breastfeeding positions. If you have tense shoulders and upper back pain, the side-lying position may be most comfortable.
- Always bend from your knees, and pick up objects (and children) from a crouching position to minimise the stress on your back.
- Let someone else do the heavy lifting, especially if you had a c-section.
The main thing to remember is that you must look after yourself as you need to keep healthy for your little one. Painkillers should not be taken when breastfeeding, as can transfer to baby via milk and are not effective for backpain in any case (only masking the symptoms temporarily, not dealing with the causes.
The best and safest way to get relief from back pain is spend 5-7 mins a day on the Backrack at home, it gives you a break from caring for the baby and some well deserved rest (for a few minutes at least!) , try doing it when you baby is asleep and your general well being will improve and give you strength to carry baby and get through the days without pain.