Friday, July 18, 2014

Caring for an infant puts stress on your back. Here are a few ways that new mothers can help reduce their risk of injury and back pain.

- Do not stretch out your arms to pick up the baby. Bring the baby close to your chest before lifting. Avoid twisting your body.
- To pick up a child from the floor, bend at your knees – not at your waist. Squat down, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs.
- When lifting your child out of the crib, put the crib side down and pull the child toward you. Do not bed over the crib side and lift the baby over the top.
- Do not carry a child on your hip – this overloads the back muscles.
- While you are nursing, sit in an upright chair rather than a soft couch.

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