Is Your Baby Causing Your Back Pain?

Most new parents anticipate a lot of things when a new baby arrives; sleepless nights, diaper changes and the endless parade of bottles and bibs. What most new parents don’t consider are the physical challenges associated with holding a newborn baby for long periods of time. However, back pain is a common problem for new mothers and fathers, and is fairly straightforward to diagnose and treat.

How to Reduce Back Pain Caused by Holding a Newborn?

There are steps that you can take to improve your body mechanics and reduce the pain associated with holding your newborn baby. When these steps are taken you may reduce the long term issues and future back problems associated carrying your newborn baby. These steps are for general information and not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. It is recommended that you consult with your chiropractor or physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Step 1 – Rest

It sounds ridiculous to any new mother or father that rest is possible, but if at all possible resting your back may help reduce long term back pain. Ask the friends and family that are dying to hold your baby to do just that. Take turns with your significant other and be sure to take advantage of it.

Step 2 – Pain Relief

Ice and heat packs can be extremely helpful, especially when combined with rest. See our article about managing back pain between chiropractic visits for more information on how to properly Apply Hot and Cold Compresses. By applying hot and cold therapies while you rest you can maximize the benefits of your valuable time down.

Step 3 – Exercise

Strengthening your muscles will help you to reduce long term pain in your back. You can find exercises that incorporate the baby so that you can find the time to get a few exercises in during the day. It’s better to perform these exercises in short amounts throughout the day than it is to skip them all together. Ask your personal trainer what exercises you can do with your baby.

Step 4 – Practice Good Body Mechanics

Prevention is key. Be sure that you are sitting up straight while breastfeeding. Bring your baby close to your chest before lifting them up. Kneel down when buckling your child into the car seat. By being mindful of your back position during common and routine movements with your child, especially ones you didn’t do before, you can reduce the potential contributing factors of your back pain.

At Synergy Chiropractic we recommend all our new mothers and fathers come to our clinic at least weekly for the first few months after having a new baby. Our family friendly environment is ideal for you to receive the treatment you need without having the burden of childcare. We even offer a full family fun room for your kids to be entertained allowing you to take full advantage of the therapies we offer.