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My daughter is 7.5 weeks and I am so achey and sore.... I already had body problems before my pregnancy - I have really bad TMJ and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, although it had been somewhat better before the pregnancy - and gained a little more weight than I would've liked with my pregnancy, I have about 17 pounds to go before I'm back to my prepregnancy weight (and I'd like to lose even more than that. And now I am so sore in so many places, and not from the birth either!!<br><br>
She is a frequent nurser and my back, shoulders, neck, and hands hurt from that - not to mention my breasts occasionally if I get a blocked duct or some such. She co-sleeps and I find myself contorted in odd positions in order to make her comfortable. I try to carry her a lot in the sling and in arms and of course that has its particular strains.... I wouldn't trade any of these AP parenting practices for the world but they are a little stressful on the body! With the weight gain my knees have gotten sort of arthritic. And I don't always use good "lift and carry" techniques - bend from the knees, you know - and use a makeshift changing table which is not at the ideal height...<br><br>
So I'm wondering what helps you aching moms out there - and how do you find time to take care of your body??
 

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I don't have fibro, but my mom does. I wanted to let you know about a little known dietary guideline that offers some relief. Don't eat nightshade plants, because something in them causes people with fibro to ache more. Nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, and eggplant.<br><br>
Other than that, I don't really have much to offer. I hope you manage to get some relief!
 

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I have fibromyalgia, too, as well as inflammatory arthritis. Do you have a My Brest Friend nursing pillow? This has made a huge difference for me. You don't have to support so much of her weight that way. I am delaying my return to my meds for as long as possible so I can BF. However, we don't co-sleep and I don't use a sling or carrier- she is always in the stroller if we go out. It does suck that I can't do that kind of stuff, but it's a trade-off. I am just in too much pain to do those things. Also, I have special pillows and underquilt for my bed, and so it wouldn't be safe to co-sleep anyway. I do allow her to nap on the bed with me, but only if I'm awake (reading, etc) so I know she's ok.
 

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I wore my son for 6 months before I couldn't do it anymore. Do you know any good Chiropractor's? It's made all the difference for me. He even adjusts the baby for free for the first year.
 

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Gental yoga helped me sooooo much! I think my body bounced back better the second time because I was doing some light yoga everyday. I got a book from the library that had easy post-natal yoga.
 

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I agree with the pp about yoga. That and gentle stretching.<br>
Hang in there!<br>
Suzy
 

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I echo the chiropractor advice!!! I used to work for one- it's a fact that childbearing followed by childwearing is really hard on one's body. He used to say if you're body isn't in trouble before you have a baby, it will be after! All the stretching of the ligaments allows the joints more movement (thankfully!) and sometimes they have trouble geting back into the right postion afterwards. Not to mention the terrible postural strain that lifting, carrying and bfing causes. So find a good Chiro!!!
 
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