Many women expect to experience low back pain at some point in their pregnancy, but some of the other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions associated with pregnancy can come as more of a surprise. Click the Download File button to view/download/print this high-resolution double-sided, four-page, tip sheet for simple tips and stretches that can help you avoid some common pregnancy-related aches and pains (PDF format). You can also email or share it on social media. Just select the [...]
You were up all night. Your baby is crying. The telephone is ringing and the kettle is boiling. For most parents, this is a daily scenario. Parents are also continually faced with strenuous physical demands, such as lifting, feeding, comforting and chasing after children. As a parent, you may be lifting a seven to ten-pound baby 50 times a day. By 12 months, your baby weighs approximately 17 pounds, and at two years, that child [...]
Studies suggest that up to 90 per cent of expectant mothers will experience low back and/or pelvic pain related to their pregnancy. Weight gain during pregnancy can also place additional stress on your hips, feet, ankles and knees. And this pain contributes to other problems. It can disturb your sleep, increase your use of pain medication and disrupt your daily activities. Sometimes just standing for half an hour can be painful. As your baby grows, [...]
You’re anxiously awaiting the pitter-patter of tiny feet, but you can’t paint the nursery because of back pain. You’re in good company! 50 percent of pregnant women experience back pain, with 10 percent reporting severe discomfort that prevents them from carrying out their daily routines.