Mom So Hard? – A Guide to Everyday Movements
Are you a new Mom? Know a new Mom? Watching a new Mom from afar #MomSoHard ?
There’s so much that goes into being a new Mom…this blog isn’t going to focus specifically on the amazing and complicated process of growing a human and launching said human into the world. But we would be remiss if we didn’t at the very least acknowledge Moms and their bodies for those feats.
Today, we’re going to focus on the repetitive motions that the bodies of new Moms go through, caring for their newborn. And how it can wreak havoc!
What are these repetitive motions?
- bending over
- lowering the baby into the crib, onto the changing table, into the car seat, into the bath
- lifting the baby out of the crib, off the changing table, out of the car seat, out of the bath
- bathing the baby
- carrying the baby
- carrying the baby in the carseat
- installing the carseat
- taking the stroller out of the car
- putting the stroller into the car
- managing the carseat/stroller and walking into a store/house/building/doctor’s office
- cooking dinner while holding/rocking baby
- rocking the baby
- falling asleep in awkward positions with the baby on their chest
- DEEP CLEANING EVERY CRACK AND CREVICE OF EVERY BABY CARE ITEM BECAUSE STUFF GETS EVERYWHERE AND THERE ARE SO MANY SNAPS, ZIPPERS, ETC ETC ETC
Women are amazing.
Built to multi-task.
(And the writer of this blog is most definitely missing items from the list!)
And a lay person might think that babies are so tiny and cute. AND THEY ARE.
But you hold that baby all day and night. Care for that baby all day and night. When your body needs rest and recovery and care….
And new Moms might experience some of the following:
- strained/stiff neck
- sore back
- wrist pain
- hip pain
Moms have a ridiculously hard, learn-as-you-go keep the baby alive job. Doing whatever they can for this task can put their body in super awkward positions.
Moms need a lot of care.
Helpful actions for new Moms:
- chiropractic work
- muscle activation
- light strength training (once a doctor has given the okay)
- sleep, rest
Most of all, new Moms need to be kind to themselves. Life changed. Their body changed. They are running on no sleep. Let’s circle the wagons and help out.
- clean the house
- grocery shop
- watch the baby while they sleep, shower, rest, get a massage, go to the chiropractor, have a counseling session, take a walk
- drop off a meal
- plant flowers
- mow the lawn
New Moms: keep an eye on painful spots…muscles, joints, etc. Reach out for help. Resources can be overwhelming. If your back, wrist, neck, etc is so painful that you can’t do your new Mom job, call the office. Let’s get to the bottom of the issue and find a resolution for you.
And remember: YOU ARE AMAZING!
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