The female body is truly amazing for many reasons. If you have gone through a pregnancy or seen someone close to you go through their pregnancy, you can understand the true wonders of the body’s transformation that occurs during the 38-42 weeks of pregnancy, the changes during labor and birth, and the changes during the postpartum period.
These changes are meant to occur to the female body and are normal, but the changes can come with many challenges and complication for mamas.
Then finally for the postpartum body we have many, and I mean MANY functional changes. We now have a person completely reliant on us for eating, sleeping, diaper changes, transportation, and more. The new mother now is holding dead weight that increases weekly in the form of cradling, over the shoulder, in a car seat, in a baby wearing carrier, and who knows what else.
There is such a value to caring for moms during their pregnancy and postpartum. During pregnancy the body can have restrictions in the pelvis, which can cause both pain and discomfort and often times prevent the baby from moving to certain areas within the uterus. During the postpartum period women can face aches and pains in their neck, shoulder, elbows, low back, hips, and more. The list of postpartum problems can go on and on depending on the type of birth, the way a mother feeds her baby, where the baby sleep, and again the list could go on and on.
After finishing my third month of postpartum, I truly understand what the body goes through after you bring your awesome little one into the world. It is far from an easy journey. Is it the best journey of my life? Absolutely! But beyond the aches of labor and soreness of breastfeeding, I was faced with decreased sleep, aches from sleeping on my side, aches from sleeping on my back with my baby on my chest, a sore neck from breastfeeding, sore elbows from sustained flexion while holding my baby, increasingly poor posture from rolled shoulders holding my baby, problems in my hip and low back from the side lean of carrying a car seat weighing 30 plus pounds, aches from hauling that heavy car seat into the car and so much more. I’m sure you get the point!
There are so many changes that occur to your body physically from labor and breastfeeding. Then you add on the complete dependency your newborn has on you to carry them around, feeding them, sleeping with them, changing them, carrying them inside the store, putting them in the car, etc. You have began to add so many different movements to your routine over night and the body lets you know that it is hurting.
Okay, so mom is starting to ache, now what? Well, often times nothing. Mom continues going on with her many tasks and has a hard time taking care of herself.
One thing I have learned being a new mom, is how many things you can do with one hand! It is quite impressive.
What does a mom do when her baby needs care? She cares for the baby. What does mom do when her spouse needs care? She cares for them. What does mom do when she needs care? Well, she takes note of it for a few moments and continues on with the many tasks she is faced with, while the problems often even escalate.
I get it, moms don’t have a ton of extra time in their day to take care of themselves. The big problem is that if mom “breaks” then who cares for everyone else. The point is that moms need to take the time to care for their postpartum body that has numerous aches and pains. They need to not only because their body’s worked hard to create and nourish a life, but because their body’s truly undergo an insane amount of changes.
In the next two months, I will be addressing specific body regions that tend to need the extra care and providing several exercises for moms to add to their daily routine. I will address specifically the neck and shoulder problems, the hip and pelvic problems, and then the inevitable core stability and strength issues. Hopefully after this blog series you will find some items useful to help minimize your aches and pains. If you currently are experiencing any problems, I highly suggest reaching out to a chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and other health care providers to help you care for your body that has gone through quite a bit in the past year or more.
Please keep in mind in this blog, I address the need to care for the physical body and the changes that are experienced. There is however over 20% of women who face postpartum depression. Make sure that if you or someone you know seems to be struggling that you seek help here first.
To all the Mama’s out there, YOU ARE AMAZING!
Now, make sure that the amazing you get taken care of!
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