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Mums: Look after your backs


Mums: Look after your backs
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

You may or may not have faced back pain when you were pregnant however giving birth does not mean that this is the end of it. I was fairly fortunate that my back held up through the 9 months however no one told me how awful the back pain was post birth! At hospital I was prescribed ibuprofen and paracetamol. I thought this was pain relief for the small tears I sustained through labour. I felt fine so did not take the medicine when the drug doctor came around the ward. Little did I know when I got up in the middle of the night that my body would feel like I had just run a marathon. My back was sore and also my inner thighs. So I started taking the pain relief. As soon as I got home, my family all called to see how I was and the first piece of advice they all gave me was to ensure when my baby was asleep, that I also was lying down (to take the pressure off the lower back caused by sitting) and also keep a hot water bottle to my back. It is worthwhile advice. You go through your pregnancy reading posts on how to look after yourself through the 9 months of carrying, but I think more needs to be published on how to look after yourself as a mother after birth. So mummies to be - add a hot water bottle onto your essentials list to have on day one. 

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