The Healthy Back Blog: For mums


Carrying your baby by louisehampton

At first carrying Toby seemed easy, he was relatively light and so even carrying him in his car seat was not too much of a problem.

Toby in his car seat

Toby in his car seat

As he has grown it has been important to change the way I carry him. I try to carry him straight out in front and close to the body to keep me as balanced as possible. I have started using a carrier to do this like mowing the lawn which works well! He is now far to heavy to carry in his car seat so I make sure I carefully lift him out of it.

A friend of mine hurt her shoulder last week, she carried her baby in her car seat and due to the weight she pulled a muscle in her shoulder. Luckily she saw a Chiropractor straight away and because she has medical insurance she could claim for the cost of treatment through that. The British Chiropractic Association is the best place to find a Chiropractor in your area.

Mowing the lawn with Toby in a carrier

Mowing the lawn with Toby in a carrier

After having a baby the core stability and stomach muscles are weaker. It is important to strengthen these muscles as they also help to support your back. When lifting your baby gently sucking your tummy in can really help to stabilise your back.

Me and Toby

Me and Toby

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The problems feeding can cause to your back and neck by louisehampton

So four months ago I gave birth to a baby boy called Toby and my life has been transformed into a whirlwind of feeding and nappies. It’s not all bad he gives us lots of joy but I never realised the work involved or just quite how heavy babies are.

Toby at 1 week old

Toby at 1 week old

Toby was 9lb 10oz when he was born so from day one he was not light! I found feeding put quite a lot of strain on my upper back and being big he seemed to want feeding constantly. Pillows really helped to keep Toby in the right position and prevented me from leaning forward too much but also having treatment on my upper back from a Chiropractor stopped me becoming too stiff and sore. I suppose I was lucky in that being a Chiropractor myself I knew a Chiropractor who could help me but the British Chiropractic Association has a list of Chiropractors which makes it easy to find one in your area. Chiropractors can work on the joints and muscles in the upper back to loosen the area and it just stopped the pain which had started to travel up into my neck. It is so easy to get swept away with all the things you do for your baby but looking after yourself is extremely important as if you are uncomfortable when feeding it is something which you could soon dread doing. Also after feeding try stretching your back and upper neck maybe whilst you are burping your baby so that it stays as supple as possible.

Toby being fed

Toby being fed



Healthy backs for Mums by loiusehampton

I know I’m a little late to the party, but it’s about time I joined the blogging world.  I’ve been in various forums and blogs over the years, and have noticed how many mums and mums to be out there looking for advice and support online.  I’m a proud Mum to a beautiful 4 month old boy, so I’ve realised the same thing that millions of other women and men have when you have a child: Babies are HEAVY!  Every pregnant women, and a large number of Mums and Dads will at some point feel the ache of carrying a heavy baby around, so it is for this reason that I have decided to start blogging, to try to pass on a bit of help and information about back pains, chiropractics, and anything else that makes it easier to enjoy your baby

I’ll be trying to write as often as possible, and will try to keep this blog as active and as enjoyable as possible.  To help me out, please feel free to send me any interesting  stories and links, questions or comments to peak my interest.  If it’s related to parenting, kids, or back care then I’d love to hear about it.  Finally, I’m an experienced chiropractor registered with the British Chiropractic Association and the General Chiropractic Council.

Mum and baby