Being a new parent brings new experiences like frequent diapers changes and waking up through the night several times for feeding the baby. Physical changes also occur like intense fatigue from breastfeeding the back pain that happens as result of being physically unprepared for carrying a baby for long periods. Back pain is a very common complaint for new mothers and fathers. Knowing the right way to hold your baby and following certain tips can reduce the pain and prevent any future back pain resulting from carrying your baby.
– Tips To Relieving Your Pain.
1- Pain Killers.
Mild or moderate back pain can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain killers like ibuprofen, if the back doesn’t improve talk to your doctor to prescribed muscle relaxants or strength-pain relievers can help the situation. If you are breastfeeding make sure to inform your doctor to only prescribe safe meds for you and your baby.
2- Hot and Cold Packs.
Hot or ice packs on the painful area which is usually between the shoulders can alleviate the pain. Soaking in hot bath can also relax your muscles and make you feel better, if you delivered your baby why a cesarean section make sure your wound has healed and your doctor approved tub bathes again.
Having your partner massaging the painful area in your back with coconut or almond oil can help alleviate the pain and relax the tense muscles, massaging can also give you the chance to unwind.
Your nights of sleeplessness can make your muscles and joints to tense up even more, so make sure to always get enough rest and not return back to your normal activities too soon after your delivery. The hormonal changes that happen to your body in the last few weeks of your pregnancy causes your muscles and joints to relax, these areas remain in the same way in the few weeks after delivery which makes you susceptible to injuries, keep that in mind and try to take a proper posture while carrying your baby, breastfeeding and sleeping.
5- Learn How To Lift Your Baby Up.
Learning proper body mechanics to lift your baby and carry it can keep the pain away, try to always be sitting down and having your back supported by a pillow while carrying your baby for breastfeeding. If you need to lift unusual things like strollers and seats for your baby, use your legs instead of your back to reduce the pressure you apply on your spine. While breastfeeding raise your baby up to your breast to feed instead of leaning down to the baby and always make sure your back is straight and supported.