Saving Your Back After The Baby Is Born
However, not all women realize that they need to protect their back after the baby has been born as well.
Here are three common questions that women will often ask in regards to protecting their back after the baby has been born.
Do Women Need To Be Extra Careful About Their Backs After Giving Birth?
Absolutely. Women will often experience lower back pain up to three weeks after giving birth to their baby. In fact, over half of all pregnant women will experience some form of lower back pain after pregnancy. Some studies have put the figure as high as 60 percent.
For the longest time, women were told it was simply part of giving birth and studies have shown that less than 15 percent of all women are offered help in terms of lower back pain after the pregnancy.
Most lower back pain during pregnancy is caused by a woman's body adjusting to the pregnancy and preparing for delivery. A growing uterus and added weight will put stress on the spine, along with the abdominal muscles stretching, which in turn means less stabilization for the pelvis. Combined, all of these factors will cause lower back pain.
Doctors say that if the lower back pain exists for more than six to 12 weeks after the baby has been born, the spine and other parts of the body may not be falling back into place. Ignoring the problem for too long can cause impairment and possibility disability later on.
This is why it is so incredibly important that women understand, even after delivery, that they need to go easy on their back, no different than they did when they were pregnant.
Should Women Be Careful With Their Back After A C-Section?
If a woman chooses to have a C-section, back problems can still occur because there is still stress on the lower back during the pregnancy. After pregnancy, those parts of the body have to align again and that will cause discomfort. However, it should disappear within a few weeks.
If it does not, consult your doctor.
Can Nursing Cause Back Problems?
If you sit in front of a computer with your back hunched, you are going to experience some form of back pain. The same is true during nursing, or breast feeding.
For many women, if they experience back problems during pregnancy, they will experience back pain during nursing, especially without proper posture. It is important that a woman has a good supportive chair that supports her back properly during breast feeding. As well, a mother should never lean towards the baby during breast feeding, choosing to bring the baby towards her. This will eliminate the hunching effect.
Back pain often occurs for women after delivery, and it can occur during breast feeding, but by practicing good posture, they can ensure the back pain does not last.
Tips: Smart Ways to Carry the Child
- Find a chair that supports your back during and after pregnancy.
- Do not hunch over when nursing, bring the baby towards you.
- Put a pillow behind your back.
- It is important to use a foot rest during nursing.
- Never stretch out your arms to pick up the baby, always bring the baby close to your chest before living.
- If you are picking up the baby off the floor, bend down with your knees, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs.
- When you lift the baby from the crib, put the crib side down and pull the baby towards you. You should not bend over the crib side to lift the baby out.
- Instead of carrying the baby, look at getting a front-pack to carry the baby while you walk. You should not carry the baby at your hip.
- You should not stand outside the car and place the baby in the car. Instead, kneel down in the back seat and place the baby in the car seat. Having a four-door vehicle makes this much easier.
About Dr Kevin Lau D.C.
Dr. Kevin Lau is the author of Health in Your Hands: Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment. He practices in Singapore, helping patients with Scoliosis overcome it with nutrition, exercise therapy and medical devices. His approach encompasses holistic treatment of body, mind and spirit. After counseling thousands of patients diagnosed with scoliosis, Dr Lau discovered ground-breaking research that established, beyond a doubt, the clear merits of non-surgical treatment of scoliosis. He made it my life's work to explore and share the truths about nutrition, diseases, health and healing. Educating patients from all walks of life some were as young as 7 while others as old as 91. In 2006 I was awarded the "Best Health-care Provider Awards" by the Straits Time October 18 2006. For a sneak preview of the book go to: http://www.scoliosis.com.sg.
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