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Would someone please tell me how I can get through my baby's first years without ruining my back! It aches ALL the time, especially at night (my entire back - upper, mid, and lower). I have never had a backache this bad for this long! I know it's because I carry dd around all day (she is about 22 pounds now and only 7 months - a very big girl). She doesn't like being in the sling now that she's this big. And she wants to be in my arms (which is where I want her to be!!!) Is there any hope, or is it just a mother's right of passage to have chronic back pain!?
 

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I had horrible back pain for many years and found that yoga got rid of it.<br><br>
Can you try and do 30-45 minutes fo yoga at least twice a week. If you can't do a class, there are some great videos and DVDs.<br><br>
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I am a chiropractor and I can assure you that I see this all the time in the clinic after delivery patients start to have alot of back pain because of all the changes and now carring to a baby. I had a bit of back pain with my toddler of 19 months. Tell me which region you are in may be I can refer you to someone.<br><br>
In the mean time Ice your back with either a pack of cold peas or ice or anything cold in the freezer for 10 minutes and repeat many times a day. You should just wait about 20 minutes between the applications.<br>
Good luck
 

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You know, I did yoga religiously for years before dd was born. There is a mommy and me class nearby - I'm going to go today. Obviously I need to get back into it.<br><br>
Also, I have a chiropractor I went to when I was pregnant (in Narragansett, RI) I will go see him too (I was waiting for the new year so my insurance will pay again.)<br><br>
THANKS!!!
 

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the worst thing for my back has been always lying in the same position at nite, esp once dd got tall enough that I have to keep my legs almost stretched, and when she developed preference for one boob, so no switching.<br><br>
We just bought a memoryfoam (like TempurPedic) mattress pad that has made a world of difference in less than a week. Well worth the investment
 

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Yoga. Get a tape and do it for 45 minutes or longer at least 4 days per week. It may take a couple months to feel an improvment, but if you keep it up, you WILL feel an improvment. Yoga saved my back in pregnancy and thereafter. It's also a heck of a lot cheaper than a chiropractor.
 

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Well, I pulled a muscle in my groin and I'm a bit sore, but other than that, it was good. I don't get as good a workout with dd there, but it was still nice to stretch (until the groin thing happened, that is). It inspired me to shake the dust off my yoga mat and get back into it at home, though.
 

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Nursing, lifting and all the mommy stuff are so hard on my back, too. I get it up in my upper back and neck and doing yoga stretches throughout the day (like in the kitchen when I'm working) and laying over a bolster in the evening (before a night of nursing) really helps.<br><br>
I do have a backbender bench (dh built it out of an old futon frame) which puts my upper back and neck back "in place" if I lay over it.<br><br>
However... there are days when I sleep wrong all night when not much works.<br><br>
Good luck. I hope you find relief.
 

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I go to the chiropractor on a regular basis. DS is 3 1/2 but I'm constantly picking him up - putting him in car seats or bed, or bending to dress him etc......<br>
The adjustments HELP A LOT................<br><br>
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Chiropractic has many more benefits than merely eleviating back pain. It is a great idea to consult someone if you haven't already!
 

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I know exactly how you feel. What has worked for me is exercising. Yoga helped, but strength training is even better. You don't even have to go to a gym to do this; there are things that you can do at home.<br>
This is a good site to visit for post partum fitness <a href="http://www.dolfzine.com/page354.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dolfzine.com/page354.htm</a><br>
Once you get a good base of this training, you can move on to intermediate weight training. This is a good place to get more advanced home work out ideas <a href="http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com./hers/062502/hw_program_home.html" target="_blank">http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com....gram_home.html</a><br><br>
HTH, Kim<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Just wanted to put in a plug for Pilates - I've been doing it for a month and it's doing *wonders* for my back and neck. I've lived with horrible backpain and headaches for my entire adult life, have been a long-term chiropractic patient, and this is the first time I've felt as though what I'm doing is having a significant impact. (Don't get me wrong - chiropractic is great.. it's the only way I made it through pregnancy with my sanity intact - but if it's the only thing you do then you'll probably be doing it forever). Personally, since I've begun doing both yoga and Pilates, I haven't felt the need to go to a chiropractor.<br><br>
Pilates strengthens your core muscles (back and abdominal) and, much like yoga, promotes flexibility and correct posture. And it's soooooooo invigorating.<br><br>
Ack - I'm starting to sound like a commercial. Anyway, if you want more information or specific book/video recommendations for mat workouts, just PM me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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