Being a parent is wonderful. But it can also be tough on your spine! According to our chiropractors at the Spine and Joint Centre in Ealing, many people first experience back pain after having a baby. Extra bending and lifting combined with less sleep can have a negative impact on your spine. And of course, being a new parent often means you become less attentive to your own physical health.
Our Ealing chiropractor offers these top tips to keep your back healthy and pain-free as you go through the stages of parenthood.
Take Care When Lifting and Carrying
Babies and toddlers get heavier and heavier! But it’s not just the carrying that does the damage to your spine. Lifting your little one in and out of car seats and cots is a big culprit for backpain, and that’s without mentioning all the extra luggage you carry around with you as a parent.
So what can you do?
Instead of carrying weight on one side of your body, alternate the sides you lift on, and use different carrying positions, such as in front of you or over your shoulder. Doing this will help to evenly distribute the load on your spine and reduce the risk of back pain.
Maintain Good Posture When Breast Feeding
It is important that you maintain a good posture when breastfeeding, even it is 3 am and all you want to do is slump on your sofa!
When you are feeding your baby, try to sit in a sturdy, supportive chair with arms. Keep an upright posture with your shoulders back and chest open.
In between gazing into the eyes of your beautiful newborn baby, you can reduce the risk of back and neck pain by ensuring you have periods of keeping your head in an upright position.
Push Your Pram Properly
Many parents take the “head down, bent over” position when pushing a pram, but this can wreak havoc on your lower back.
You can protect the health of your spine by standing tall and keeping your hips as close to the pram as possible.
Having a new baby puts many demands on your physical health, but by following these simple tips, you can seriously reduce the risks of developing chronic back pain in the future.
Visiting Our Chiropractors In Ealing
Our team of chiropractors at the Spine and Joint Centre can help you to keep your spine in great health. The healthier your spine, the more you can enjoy your time with your children.
What some of our patients say …
“I would highly recommend Dr Rishi and his team. After having my first child I experienced a lot of upper and lower back pain as well as issues with my feet and ankles. After a few sessions I could feel a marked difference and the pain I was experiencing had somewhat diminished. Dr Rishi showed me some exercises I could do at home which helped me to build strength and maintain a good routine between visits. Dr Rishi is professional and friendly I would definitely recommend his services.” Serena N 5 Star Google Review
“Highly recommend The Spine and Joint Centre. Knowledge, professional and friendly staff and doctors. I have already recommended to friends and colleagues” Ciara S 5 Star Google Review
“I would highly recommend Dr.Rishi and his wonderful team. I had some problems with my lower back( horrible pain), and thanks to Dr Rishi I’m on the good road. They are very professional,helpful and friendly.” Florin T 5 Star google Review
If you are suffering back or joint pain our team of chiropractors are here to help you. To book an appointment, call our clinic on 020 8900 9004 now.