Complaints of back pain by pregnant women are common. Usually, the pain diminishes
within two weeks after delivery. But back pain may return as you begin lifting and
carrying the infant on a daily basis. As the infant grows, the weight load increases
and back pain can result.
Caring for an infant puts stress on your back. Initially, you may be lifting the
7- to 10-pound baby up to 50 times a day. By the time the child is a year old, you
are lifting and carrying 17 pounds. Two years later, you will be lifting a 25- to
Here are ten ways that new mothers can help reduce their risk of injury and back
pain. Many of these tips also work well with new fathers!
If you had a Caesarian-section (C-section) delivery, wait six weeks or until you
get the permission of your obstetrician before you begin exercising. Additionally,
the risk of back pain is greater among young, overweight women.