Lower back pain experienced by new mothers can be attributed to the many physical changes that take place during and after pregnancy. Here are simple ways to alleviate lower back pain for newly minted mums:
Maintain proper posture
You may be so focused on positioning your baby to latch correctly or just plain tired that you don’t notice you’re already slouching. Such a position stresses your neck and back. Maintain an upright posture, and use pillows or armrests for comfortable support. If you have tense shoulders and upper back pain, you can try the side-lying breastfeeding position.
Alternate carrying arm
When you carry your baby on one side of your body for a long period of time, you’ll tend to have a lopsided posture that causes a lot of pain. Switch carrying arms so both sides of the body get a fair share of the effort.
Mild exercise such as walking and stretches that strengthen the back and abdominal muscles are highly recommended. However, get your caregiver’s approval first. Listen to your body; if you feel severe pain during the activity, stop.
Lighten the load
Most mothers carry their stuffed nappy bag, shoulder bag, and baby all at the same time. The combined weight along with poor distribution results into back pain. Pack only what’s necessary for an outside stroll and leave the extras in the car. The choice of designer nappy bags that fuse style and functionality, eliminates your need for a handbag.