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Denver Physical Therapy Tips For First-Time Parents


December 14, 2016

Are you or your partner expecting a baby in the near future? The addition of this new little bundle of joy will certainly bring major changes to your life—not to mention tons of baby gear, such as strollers and car seats. Carrying around a new baby and the extra weight of a stroller or car seat can put a lot of stress on your body and lead to injuries if you’re not careful. First-time parents, avoid baby-related injuries with these tips from the Denver physical therapy experts at Cherry Creek Wellness Center:

Properly push the stroller.

New moms may start to experience aches and pains in their shoulders, neck, chest, and back from pushing their babies in a stroller. But, this pain can easily be avoided with the proper technique. Keep your body close to the stroller and your elbows close to your body as you walk to prevent pain in the future. If you plan on jogging with the stroller as opposed to walking, check your form as you move. Many new moms begin to turn their feet outwards and stick their bottoms out as they run with a stroller, but this will cause pain after a run. Be aware of your form as you walk or jog and adjust as needed to prevent injuries. Read 5 tips for running with a jogging stroller.

Be careful with the car seat.

Car seats can be heavy, so if you don’t know how to carry them correctly, you could pay the price later when aches and pains begin to creep up your back and through your shoulders. It’s recommended that you carry a car seat as you would a laundry basket—with one arm on each side of the car seat, which should be held in the center of your body. However, if this is not possible, use both hands to hold the handle of the car seat and carry it in front of your body with your elbows slightly bent. Regardless of which method you choose, be sure to keep the car seat as close to your body as possible to prevent aches and pains.

Prepare before you nurse.

Hunching over to feed your baby can strain your neck and arm muscles. Some moms may even experience severe headaches that occur after holding your body in this awkward, uncomfortable position for long periods of time. To avoid these aches and pains, grab a small pillow or roll up a towel and place it near your lower back. This will force your body to adjust to straighten the spine, so you won’t feel pain from hunching over. You should also keep the baby up near your chest by placing a pillow underneath him or her. This way, you can straighten your neck and relax the muscles throughout your chest and shoulders.
 
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping our patients prevent injuries after having a baby. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493!