New Moms, Protect Your Back. Be careful when bending or lifting.

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New Moms, Protect Your Back. Be careful when bending or lifting.

New moms have enough on their minds without worrying about throwing out their back. So, what can you do to prevent a back injury?
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice:

  • Try to exercise and strengthen your back muscles as soon as your doctor says it’s safe.
  • Make an effort to lose the baby weight — within six weeks is recommended.
  • Keep your arms and baby close to your body when you lift the infant.
  • When lifting baby, bend at the knees and lift with your legs, instead of your back.
  • Always drop the side rail of the crib when lifting baby, rather than bending over the rail and hoisting baby out.
  • Before lifting baby from the high chair, remove the high chair’s tray.
  • Carry baby in a pack on the front of your body, instead of your hip.

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