Here Are Some Ways To Overcoming Postpartum Pain

by | May 5, 2022, 13:22 IST


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Many women endure back stiffness and soreness after childbirth, making it difficult to carry the newborn. Back pain, particularly in the lower back, is common after pregnancy. According to study, up to 20% of women may experience acute discomfort for three to six months after giving birth. “Since recovering from a c-section takes longer than recovering from a vaginal birth, lesser movements might also cause the core muscles to weaken,” explains Dr Chandrika Anand, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fortis Hospitals, Nagarbhavi, who feels that the expanding uterus stretches and weakens the abdominal muscles, alters your posture, and causes strain on your back. “The extra pounds gained during pregnancy lead to more stress on your joints and muscles. Furthermore, hormonal changes during pregnancy that prepared your body to give birth loosened the joints and ligaments that connect your pelvis to your spine,” she adds.

It is critical to maintain good body posture while breastfeeding during the postpartum period because it unwittingly worsens back discomfort. When you are caring for a newborn 24 hours a day, it may be difficult to heal from all aches and pains, including back pain.

Dr. Anand recommends the following therapies for post-pregnancy back pain:

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Maintain A Good Posture
Poor posture causes muscle strain, so be careful about your movements and posture. When feeding your baby, sit in a comfortable chair and, if you're breastfeeding, bring them to your breast rather than hunching over to their level. To ease back discomfort, bend your knees and kneel while picking up objects or your child, and avoid lifting anything heavy.

Make Use Of Supports
A lack of sufficient support causes back pain. When sitting or lying down, use cushions to support your back and arms, and a footrest to raise your feet. Standing for long periods is not recommended, but if you must, find a low stool or a flat object. To relieve some of the strain on your back, place one foot on the support at a time.

Participate In Postpartum Exercises
Even if you don't feel like moving around, a decent workout can help with back pain relief. Gentle workouts can help with postpartum healing by strengthening your core.

Do some gentle stretches and go for a slow, short walk. Pelvic tilts, for example, are excellent for repairing weakened or injured muscles. Pay attention to your body and stop immediately if a posture or activity causes you pain.

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Take Some Time To Unwind
Give yourself a break in addition to light exercise. Your body has gone through a lot of changes. Self-care is important, so set aside some time each day to unwind.

While your partner, family member, or friend is caring for the infant, soak in a warm bath or get a massage. If the pain is severe, alternate hot and cold packs on the affected area. Learn how to relax using a few different methods to help manage some of the discomfort.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a good option (TENS). Modest and low-cost devices might relieve low back discomfort momentarily.

Seek Medical Help
Consult your doctor about being sent to a pain management specialist. Physical therapy and pain coping tactics are examples of professional therapies that can help you manage your symptoms efficiently.

There are pain relievers that can be taken as directed. If you need to use pain relievers more often than once a week, talk to your doctor.

Physical therapy can teach you techniques to help you ease or prevent discomfort.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care are examples of alternative remedies. Some evidence suggests that these treatments may provide pain relief.

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