Body and joint pain is something that almost all pregnant women had to deal with at some point during pregnancy. However, the painful story doesn’t end here. Postpartum body pain, especially backache can give be a harrowing experience. Neglecting the pain, which most new moms do, will only pile on the agony.
A myriad of factors may be responsible for the postpartum body pain and discomfort.
1. The hormonal imbalance that wreaked havoc during the pregnancy can also affect you postpartum. In many women, the level of the Relaxin hormone remains elevated long after the baby is born (almost a year). High levels of relaxin trigger joint laxity and instability, resulting in pain and discomfort.
2. The pain can also be an indication of the weakening of the core muscles (one of the outcomes of pregnancy). These muscles (comprising of the diaphragm, deep abdominal muscles, and the pelvic floor) are what gets you going, enabling you to perform the daily activities such as lifting things, bending. With the core muscles not functioning properly, body pain is inevitable.
3. With your bundle of joy around, rest and sleep is the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, you have to pay the price for neglecting your health in the form of body pains.
4. Sometimes, poor posture can also play a significant role in triggering the postpartum body and joint pains. A lot of women make simple yet serious mistakes while lifting or holding the baby.
5. Putting on weight during pregnancy is nothing new. However, obesity or being overweight can result in a plethora of health problems, the body pain being one amongst them.
How to avoid postpartum body ache?
A few effective tips and preventive measures are all that you need to keep the postpartum body pain at bay.
1. Take care! You are also important:
There can be nothing more pleasurable than welcoming your bundle of joy, but you also need to take care of the super mom. Without you keeping in good health, how are you expected to look after the baby? Take things easy. In the excitement, don’t overstress yourself.
2. Proper rest and sleep:
Staying awake nights after nights can have deleterious consequences. If you want to avoid the postpartum body aches, you have to have a daily sleep of at least 6 hours, if not more. Women who had a C-section should be extra careful. Don’t try to bend or lift things unless advised by the doctor.
3. Indulge in physical activities:
As soon as your health permits, try to lose the extra pounds. Exercise and yoga can prove to be of great help. If need be, you can seek professional help and guidance. For those with weakened core muscles, there are many core strengthening exercises. In addition to a healthy body weight and strong core muscles, the exercises practised diligently can work wonders to prevent the back pain to a great extent.
4. Take of your posture:
Knowingly or unknowingly, your posture (especially while dealing with the baby) can play a pivotal role in triggering the body pain. Always bend your knees, rather than your waist while lifting the baby up. Make sure you are comfortably placed while breastfeeding or rocking the baby. You can use a cushion to support your back. Avoid carrying the baby on your hip as it can result in back pain.
If the pain continues, get in touch with your attending physician for the necessary medications.