Common Mom Injuries

Common Mom InjuriesMoms make a lot of sacrifices for their kids and, if you’re like most, they’ve landed you a few cuts, scrapes, bruises, joint and back pain or maybe even broken bones or other internal damage. Common mom injuries may be due to pregnancy or childbirth (truly the labor of love) or might be from your baby’s unintentional enthusiasm, tantrums or fearlessness. Whatever the cause, common mom injuries can be painful and take awhile to disappear.

Today we’re sharing common mom injuries along with a little advice on how to avoid them and feel better.

Back Injuries

How it Happens: A mom’s back pain usually starts during pregnancy thanks to all that extra weight you’re carrying around in front. An arched or swayed back are quite common by the third trimester because pregnancy hormones tend to loosen joints and ligaments to help you carry your baby and eventually give birth. Once your baby arrives, the pain doesn’t miraculously go away and may even get worse.

As you start carrying your baby around (and she continues to get bigger and bigger), lean over to change diapers and lean into a crib to soothe your baby, your back may continue to feel sore. Hunching during breastfeeding, which you will spend hours upon hours doing for possibly years, can make it all the worse.

How to Relieve it: Whenever you lift your baby or anything else for that matter (such as a box of diapers, car seat carrier, or baby furniture), bend from your knees and hold your baby close to your abdomen. Try not to twist while bending. During breastfeeding sit upright and bring your baby to the breast rather than hunching over to bring your breast to your baby.

As unrealistic as it may sound to not pick up your baby, the best way to heal a muscle injury is rest. Heat or ice can help reduce inflammation. If back pain lingers or spreads to your legs, visit a doctor to ensure you don’t have a herniated disc.

Hip Injuries

How it Happens: Holding your little one on a cocked hip might be your baby’s favorite mode of transportation but it can do some serious damage to your body. When the back, pelvis and tailbone are misaligned, it can be quite painful.

How to Relieve it: If you must hold your baby on your hip, switch sides often and hold her with both arms to avoid slanting too far to one side.  A sling is better option if you want your baby to be close and you need your hands free. A massage can do wonders to help heal this area and you can do specific exercises to strengthen these muscles too.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Injuries

How it Happens: Stretch marks, extra weight and kinky hair aside, pregnancy and childbirth can leave you with temporary or permanent scars. Vaginal tearing, a leaky bladder, broken tailbones and hemorrhoids are common mom injuries after vaginal births, while cesarean sections typically leave an incision scar. Abdominal separation, medically known as diastasis recti, occurs when the uterus puts so much pressure on the abdominal muscles that they separate, leaving many moms with a lasting “pooch.”

How to Relieve it: Many pregnancy and childbirth problems heal over time or with easy solutions your doctor can provide, such as hemorrhoid cream and ointments to reduce the appearance of scars. Abdominal and pelvic floor exercises can help in some instances. Other issues may never go away, at least not without surgery. Consider them the mark of motherhood on your body.

Wrist and Elbow Injuries

How it Happens: Holding your baby in awkward positions, especially while breastfeeding, may lead to wrist injuries because fluid builds up inflaming tissue in the small spaces around tendons. Elbow injuries are common from hoisting the baby’s car seat carrier on the crook of your arm multiple times daily.

How to Relieve it: Try to keep your hand, wrist and elbow in alignment while holding your baby to avoid wrist pain. Consume a natural anti-inflammatory diet to relieve pain. Also, wear your baby more rather than carting around the car seat carrier. When necessary, attach the carrier to a stroller rather than hauling it yourself.

Scratches, Bruises and Other Injuries

How it Happens: Your baby’s crazy-long finger or toe nails may leave you looking like you were in a cat fight. Or she might innocently throw a toy at you unintentionally as she learns to control her movements. Once your baby learns to give hugs, kisses and head bonks, she may do so less than gracefully and cause you injury. And flailing during tantrums or sudden movements to keep your baby from harm’s way may land you with some sad scrapes and bumps as well.

How to Relieve it: Most of these injuries are unforeseeable yet unavoidable consequences of spending time with your adorable little baby. Treat the injury as best as possible and avoid giving your baby something or putting her in a situation that could inflict pain on herself or others like you!

Sources: Redbook, WebMD, and Parents