Physical Challenges of New ParenthoodHaving a baby is such an exciting experience. However, this transition is coupled with unexpected physical challenges. For instance, a baby may prefer being held in a certain position that could mean maintaining an abnormal posture for a prolonged duration. In addition, lifting a baby from the bottom of a crib, especially as a baby adds on weight, it could cause strain on the wrists, shoulders, and back. Carrying a baby for extended periods, even with the support of an infant carrier, may also cause shoulder and back pain. Additional activities such as placing and removing babies from car seats may require twisting the body into awkward positions. It is important to learn how to effectively maneuver the body while taking care of an infant. Reports indicate that moving the body in an inappropriate manner while carrying out a task causes improper spinal movement, which can lead to low back pain. Improper movement of the torso and hips is also associated with low back pain. Furthermore, slouching and leaning forward while seated (e.g., during feeding time) lead to shoulder and back pain.
Physical Therapists and trainers recommend certain strategies that will help prevent or reduce the occurrence of aches and pain when picking up or feeding infants.Helpful strategies include:
Pain and strains can come from many activities. Our Physical Therapists would be happy to assess your current physical state and create a program tailored specifically to your needs and goals. Call Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have.