Back Pain After Delivering Your Child? Try These Tips for Holding Your Baby & Pushing a Stroller…





Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Stephen Dunn and Cheryl Dunn here from CORE Therapy and Pilates and we have a guest in the house. It’s my little, I always want to say nephew but he’s not my nephew, he’s my cousin, he’s my third cousin… this is little Eazy-E, also known as Easton and while he’s here we’re going to do a little demonstration today and give some tips away on how to hold your baby…

One of the biggest things that we find with new moms is they end up holding their baby on one hip, so let’s show what we find as the common thing. So that’s the common thing and what happens here is we get a little bit of the shift of the pelvis, so she shifts her pelvis over here to basically create a shelf to hold the baby on. With doing that, she ends up creating some mechanical imbalances that can lead to SI problems, lead to back problems…

Now what I would recommend is to, if you’re gonna hold him on one side is to shift frequently from side to side.That’s really not the best solution and what should be a better solution is to hold the baby in front, so go ahead and switch the baby in front… so in this position Cheryl’s able to create a more balanced pelvis, a more balanced spine… so now go ahead and going forward becomes I think the most ideal… and you have a free hand… and you can hold from the top or you can reach under and hold from the bottom, like that and switch hands and create some different holding patterns.

So that’s some tips with holding the baby now we’re gonna also go, Cheryl’s going to talk real briefly about the stroller…

[Cheryl] One thing I want to say before we switch to the stroller is when you hold him in front what you don’t want to do is this like, not sure you can see it…

[Stephen] Oh yeah, you don’t want to create that bow…

[Cheryl] You don’t want to hang forward in your pelvis to make your belly now the shelf. You want to really push down through your feet, keep your belly in and support him with your arms…

[Stephen] So by engaging the core and leaning back into the heels it creates a better stability point. Well let me rephrase that, by leaning back into your heels and creating some length in your spine, you have better stability in your core and then you’re gonna do better at the end of the day after you’ve been holding that baby…

[Cheryl] Now lets talk about the stroller, one thing that’s changed a lot since my kids were little is the stroller height. In this stroller it’s nice that it is high enough that I don’t have to bend over to hold it and push it… even the slightest little bend is not going keep you back in your heels and it’s going to keep this hanging out and just promote this real tight low back. So if you can keep the hands up and push from the, push with your spine upright you’re a little bit more stable. Then that way, you’re not leaning into the stroller using your weight of your body to push it, you’re actually upright. You’re imagining that you have this girdle around your pelvis and when your girdle is on you’re pushing the stroller from the pelvis and then that helps keep your posture…

[Stephen] Alright now… Easy is interested in the Mardi Gras beads now so I think we’ve lost him and he’s not too interested in the tips anymore… so alright, that’s it for today guys… let’s get a little close-up of this little boy, hey Easy say hi to the camera… yeah can you tell our kids are 9 and 12, we’re not used to a baby anymore…

Alright guys that’s it for today, thanks for watching, we’ll see y’all real soon… take care…

If you are having trouble with your back or hips since your child was born, or if you do not have this strength or energy to hold your baby as we described, then it may be time to apply for our Free Discovery Session with one of our expert Physical Therapist…

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