The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Feel fast relief with these easy tips from physical therapist Alison Sadowy:
For acute back pain (in the first 48 to 72 hours), apply a towel-wrapped ice pack for 15 minutes to ease swelling and slow pain signals to the brain; a bag of frozen vegetables works, too.
To promote healing after the acute phase, use heat to enhance circulation and lessen lingering aches.
Place 2 cups of uncooked rice in a cotton sock. Knot the open end and microwave for 60 seconds. Apply to the painful area for 15 minutes.
After your newborn arrives, you’ll soon realize that seemingly small details in your baby’s room, such as the height of the changing table, can make a massive difference in preventing an aching back.
You’ll help keep your back in its best shape if you know the right ways to move as a new mom: wear your baby; lift your baby in/out of the crib; breastfeed; push the stroller; transfer the car seat; hold a diaper bag.