Perfect posture for new mums

10 Mar

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It is all too common for new mums to completely disregard their posture when they have a baby.  They are far too consumed by lack of sleep and their newborn’s needs to worry about their own.  I have seen plenty of mums who have let their back or neck pain progress too far, and then the problem is much more difficult to treat.  If you pay attention to the following advice, your chances of maintaining a healthy spine improve and can keep you injury free, in turn giving you a better chance to look after your baby without pain!

New mum holding head in pain

1)       Pregnancy changes – your body will still have the hormone relaxin circulating for at least 5 months so keep in mind that your body is more susceptible to injury.  Pregnancy also changes your centre of gravity and leaves your abdominal muscles weakened, so be careful for at least up to 6 weeks after.

2)       Caesareans – many mums forget that this is surgery!  Following the incision, you are not using abdominal muscles for 6 weeks, and this can leave you vulnerable to back pain.  It is important to regain the use of these muscles to protect your back.

3)       Buggies – babies spend a lot of time being pushed in buggies, handle height is important in order to maintain lumbar lordosis and upright posture.

4)       Changing babies – it is extremely important to have a change table, changing a baby on the floor can really hurt your back, especially in the early days.

5)       Feeding – whether breast or bottle feeding, positioning is very important for posture and spinal health.  Use a pillow to bring baby up to you to prevent a stooped posture and try a footstool to help keep you upright.

6)       Car seats – these are heavy, especially with a baby inside!  Many mums carry the car seat on one arm and don’t realise the stress they are putting on their backs and elbows in the process.  It is also important to lift the car seat carefully, using your knees and not bending at the waist.

7)       Flat heads – with current guidelines suggesting babies must lie on their backs, babies are increasingly spending time in their car seats, buggies, playmats, and bouncy chairs.  Varying these positions is prudent e.g. using a sling, moving baby from one place to another, changing positions, moving their cot mobile etc.  If you are worried about your baby’s developing head, book in for an appointment.

baby over mum shoulder

Elise Mendelle, BA(Hons), Doctor of Chiropractic

Registered member of the General Chiropractic Council

Elise Mendelle has been in practice for over 10 years.  She has a strong clinical background and has treated a wide variety of complaints.  Elise takes a practical unhurried approach to treatment, enabling patients to resume activities that they enjoy whilst working towards a pain-free status.  Please see her full bio here.

Practice details: Sensus Health & Wellness, London Bridge

Phone for appointment: 020 7234 0664


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