Pregnancy often causes a lot of changes in a mother’s body, but one thing that is often not thought of until it happens is joint stiffness and pain.
It’s a fairly obvious statement to say that pregnancy can cause a number of different things to happen to a woman’s body. A number of issues ranging from postpartum blues to hormonal imbalances to stretch marks are all common side effects of carrying a child for nine months. As a result, certain aspects of the days and weeks following the birth of a child are often not given as much thought. But the fact is that joint pain and stiffness are two very real issues that often occur after the birth of a child.
There are a lot of joints that can hurt after you have a child. The big one for most women is usually the back and the joints within the spine. This is caused by the expansion of ligaments and muscles as well as the simple fact that carrying that extra weight can be hard on your back. Additionally, other joints may suffer from pain due to the hormonal and biochemical changes their bodies are going through. Most doctors agree that it can take up to 4 to 9 months for the body to fully recover from the experience of having a child. Once the chemicals in your body gradually reset, you’ll often find relief.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you’re still putting a lot of your joints through some serious workouts after you have a child. Lifting the baby means regularly lifting, holding, and carrying around anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds of weight, and most mothers lift their new borns more than 50 times per day. That’s a serious workout, and it may tire out your joints without you even realizing it.
There are a few ways to help find relief from the stiffness and joint pain. Start by adding some stretching exercises to your daily regimen which will help you work out the muscles that may be tight or tense. Also consider adding some periods of rest to your day if possible. If you’re unsure of just how to go about managing the pain that can follow delivery of a child, consider talking to your doctor about the pain you’re feeling in your joints. They may be able to suggest some other options like natural supplements, warm soaks, or any other number of things.