Did you have the tension and tight muscles through pregnancy and after having your baby it just changed locations? Our guest post today is by Emma from The Mummy Seuss. She is fantastic at reducing the tension in your body through safe pregnancy and post natal massage. Todays post is in ways of reducing the tension after bubs arrives with some simple techniques! Happy Relaxing ~Janell
When a post natal mummy calls and makes an appointment, I already have a fairly good idea what she’s going to tell me. The Most common complaints from post natal clients is neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by carrying baby and positioning during breastfeeding.
The mum’s can’t help but stare at their babies during feeding. They sit with the baby in their arms with their heads turned to the side and looking down. Like this:
For a short amount of time this is fine but considering new mums are in this position for anywhere between 6 and 12 times a day for at least 20 minutes, the neck and shoulder muscles become strained. Just like when you sleep badly and you get a wry neck.
Another way mums get aches and pains is through baby carrying. Many a night is spent pacing the floor with baby on your shoulder or just carrying bubs to move around. Arms and shoulders become tired. If you were like me and your baby wanted to be carried all the time, your body will start to ache.
Basic tips to prevent/ease pain
• Change carrying sides regularly. • Sit in a proper chair while feeding with good back support. Arm rests are great too.
• Use a pillow to raise your baby up whilst feeding preventing arm ache and slouching.
• Whilst it’s wonderful to just gaze at your baby while they feed, make sure you occasionally look around and stretch your neck.
• Use a good quality, ergonomic baby carrier that has a waist support. • Stretch your pecs and upper back muscles regularly.
• Make sure you don’t hunch while feeding.
• Get massages to help with recovery.
Enjoy the special times of holding and feeding (Breast or bottle) your baby, but take care of yourself too!
Bio: Emma is The Mummyseuss a specialist pregnancy and post natal massage therapist located in Melbourne, Victoria. Come in feeling tight and leaving relaxed and refreshed. Contact her today to book an appointment or buy a well deserved gift certificate for a friend or family member by visiting her at: www.themummyseuss.com.au