3 Tips on How to Baby Proof Your Body

Mothers go above and beyond to protect the wellbeing of their children, with the health and happiness being their number one priority.

Often with all the pressures of motherhood, we forget that our own health and wellbeing is also very important.

Whilst your newborn baby seems like the most precious, perfect little angel in reality the day-to-day tasks associated with your bub can cause a lot of physical wear and tear - we are talking shoulder strain, neck tightness tension headaches and lower back stiffness. Ouch!

Here are a few pain points that you may be feeling (literally) and some simple ways on how to fix them:

1. Getting your baby into and out of the crib multiple times a day can strain your lower back.  Instead of bending straight down hold your baby close to your chest, and spread your feet approximately hip-width apart as you stand facing the crib. Bend your knees to squat slightly before lowering the baby down.

Avoid twisting, and tuck your tailbone under and tilt your pelvis so you activate the abdominal muscles and protect the lower back.

2.  Hunching over to nurse or bottle-feed can lead to neck pain, headaches, and even numbness in the arms or hands.

Instead of putting you body into a hunched position place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back.

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This will help you sit up straight while feeding your baby, and use a pillow to bring the baby up to breast level.

3. Pushing a stroller can lead to shoulder, neck, and upper back strain or tension. When pushing a stroller walk close to the stroller and keep your elbows close to your body, this will minimise any strain.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent back problems, such as modifying your activities and exercising to strengthen your spine.

Preserve your health, you have many long years ahead keeping up with your child.

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