Undoubtedly mums have many roles. From nurse maid to cook, from fashion designer to taxi driver, from swimming coach to chief bottom wiper, from peace keeper to play-mate, from goalkeeper to maths tutor and on and on… Of course ‘mums’ can be replaced with ‘dads’ who are the primary carers but as this blog is looking at women and pain from a particular angle I will be talking about mums from here onwards.
Having gone through a number of physical and physiological changes during preganacy, the female body returns to normal functioning. This is not always straightforwards and pains that occurred during
pregnancy can continue or recur. There are some reasons why this happens including the physical and mental demands of caring for little ones. Here is a list of examples, see if any are familiar:
1. Repetitive movements such as bending and lifting, pushing a pram at an awkward height (for miles)
2. Difficult positions for changing nappies and bathing
3. Trying to hold a baby and other implements (e.g./ hoover, kettle, brush, iron, another child)
4. Broken sleep and fatigue
5. Stress & anxiety
6. Feeding (position, length of time)
Thus is clearly not an exhaustive list but some examples of common activities that mums do regularly despite recovering from a huge physical and mental experience, child birth. This is both naturally and C-section with differing considerations afterwards.
The difficulty in trying to deal with a painful problem is that time for exercises and trying to alter the regime can be tricky. The demands of the child or children often take precedent and there can be little time for mum to follow her programme. By the end of the day there is enough time to eat and flop out on the couch. However, there are ways of integrating the necessary tasks for improvement. There maybe times when it is difficult, but with flexibility and undstanding set within the programme alongside realistic expectations, the necessary changes are possible and problems do get better.
Common examples of problems include back pain, hip pain (usually on the side and down the side of the thigh) and wrist pain (often tendons becoming sensitive). If there has been pain before, this can sometimes be re-ignited with the new carrying, lifting and postural changes that come as part of motherhood.
So, if you’re hurting seek advice. There’s usually a way to deal with the problem with the right understanding, treatment and effective self-management strategies to keep mums going with the pain eased.