Do you remember the massages you used to get before you had kids? Those leisurely Swedish ones that involved gentle caresses designed to soothe the stresses of your overworked shoulders? Ahhhh…
And then — children. At least the kind that come into your life the way of labour and back-breaking delivery.
I had a taste of back labour with Miss Q. And had she not arrived so quickly, I totally would have caved and taken any drug offered to me.
That said, I was (more or less) prepared for the pain that comes with giving birth. But I didn’t know what a toll having babies would take on my back. Everything from my neck to my hips seems to be in a constant state of OUCH. Aside from all the lifting and playing on the ground and laundry and bending and diaper bag carrying and hip-carrying babywearing, as a mom you’re just so.darn.tired. So posture probably isn’t at the top of your priority list either. I know it’s not at the top of mine.
Did you know that by the time your kid is a year old, the average parent is lifting and carrying up to 17 pounds several times a day? (Unless you’re my kids who were 17 pounds by the time they were three or four months old. My one year olds were easily 25-pounders!).
So, like parenting, keeping stress off of your lower back is a delicate balancing act. Chiropractors commonly treat new moms with back pain and have lots of recos to reduce back stress. (Which usually leads directly to reducing brain stress, in my experience!)
To help parents who’ve got a pain in the back, the Ontario Chiropractic Association is giving away a $100 prize pack that includes a baby-and-me yoga video, portable foot massager, exercise ball, active heat wrap for back pain and, of course, a new diaper bag that fits all those fab goodies. Enter here!