TIPS FOR NEW MOMS
Back pain is common during pregnancy. Usually, the pain diminishes within a few weeks after delivery. But back pain may return as you begin lifting and carrying your infant on a daily basis. As your baby grows, the weight load increases and back pain can result.
Caring for an infant puts stress on your back. Lifting your baby can be especially hard on your spine. Initially, you may be lifting the 7- to 10-pound baby up to 50 times a day. By the time your child is a year old, you are lifting and carrying 17 pounds. Two years later, you will be lifting a 25- to 30-pound child.
In addition, many new parents spend a lot of time bending over their babies and holding that position for long periods of time.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent back problems, such as modifying your activities and exercising to strengthen your spine.