If you’re a first-time mom, you should know that frequently rocking, carrying, and lifting your toddler or baby will lead to a condition. This condition is known as repetitive stress injury.
The repetitive motions of parenting combined with poor posture can result in wrist pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain.
Fortunately, you can avoid these conditions by just being mindful of your body when doing your day-to-day parenting tasks.
Aside from hiring a posture corrector Edmonton professional, here are a couple of tips new moms can follow to fix their posture.
Moving the Car Seat or Carrier
The car seat should never be carried on one side of your body like a handbag or purse or on your forearm. Your arm, shoulders, and back are all put under a lot of strain as a result of this. Holding the seat with both hands while bending your elbows will help you avoid this. This will allow you to keep the carrier in front of your body and distribute the weight equally.
Toting Your Baby
The most common holding position for mothers is to support their infant on the hip with one arm. Unfortunately, this position puts a lot of strain on the ligaments on the side of your body that you’re carrying them on and on your back. Instead, consider balancing your child in the center of your body by holding them close to your chest.
Picking Your Baby Off the Floor
Picking up your child from the floor while displaying poor posture might cause back and neck pain. Instead, for appropriate posture, use the half-kneel raise technique. This technique is done by stepping forward with one foot and bending to one knee while keeping your back upright. Pick up your child with both arms, bring them close to your body, and lift them using your legs. When placing your child back on the ground, you can use the opposite procedure.
Removing Your Baby from the Crib
When leaning into the crib, do not reach down and pick up your child with extended arms. The pressure on your back from holding your kid at arm’s length is significant. Alternately, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your back arched, drop the crib barrier to its lowest position, pull the infant close to your body, and lift with your legs.
Picking Up Toys from the Floor
As a mom, you will frequently find yourself tidying up after your baby. When picking up toys from the floor, maintain your back and head straight and stretch one leg straight behind you while bending at the waist.
Pushing a Stroller
When pushing your baby in a stroller, you’ll want to keep your back straight and shoulders back by staying as near to the stroller as possible. Your whole body, not just your arms, should be used to push the stroller. Do not push the stroller too far ahead of you. If you do it, it will only force your back and shoulders to slump forward, which is not good for your posture.