SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, Aug. 17, 2015
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New moms need to reduce their risk of pain and injury when lifting and carrying their babies, an expert says.
"Initially, mothers may start off lifting their child of seven to 10 pounds numerous times per day. Slowly, the weight load increases and if the proper lifting techniques aren't used, this can lead to back strain," Dr. Sabrina Strickland, an orthopedic surgeon and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in an academy news release.
After getting their doctor's OK, new moms can begin exercising to restore muscle tone to their abdomen and back, Strickland said. While baby naps, mothers should spend 10 minutes a day on the floor doing strengthening and stretching routines. This will help restore hip and back flexibility and strength, she said.
Strickland also advises moms to start eating a healthy diet immediately after giving birth and try to return to a normal weight within six months.
Both moms and dads can use the following tips to prevent back pain and injury:
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has more about preventing back pain.