Hi Aaron Three months ago I gave birth to a beautiful little boy, but ever since then my mid and lower back has been giving me a lot of grief. I have had friends who have experienced the same scenario. Why is this happening? JS – Moonee Beach

Hi JS, thanks for your question. This is a very common scenario for a couple of reasons. The first is that after pregnancy and childbirth most women have a decrease in core stability, meaning that the muscles which normally support and stabilise the spine are not working as well as they used to. The other cause is that having a baby requires huge amounts of lifting, cradling and breastfeeding all of which place an increased load on the spine. 

It also has a lot to do with hormones released during pregnancy – mainly relaxin – which makes your ligaments and joints more loose and pliable in preparation for labour but still has an effect on your body for some time afterwards. Ways of addressing this pain include better posture and using supports such as pillows when feeding, manual therapy techniques to help release tight muscles and improve joint movement as well as core stability training or Pilates.  

Pilates is particularly effective in re-training those deep abdominal muscles – for this reason we currently have a mums and bubs Pilates group running at Northern Beaches Physio.  As a thank you for your question I would like to offer you the opportunity to try a free Pilates class in our mums and bubs group on a Monday.  Give us a call on 6654 0244 to book in for this. Regards, Aaron.

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