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Managing Shoulder Pain Postpartum

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The journey of motherhood is a beautiful and transformative experience, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. For many women, the postpartum period can be marked by physical discomfort, including shoulder pain and pelvic floor issues. We want to highlight the common causes of shoulder pain postpartum and the potential benefits of physical therapy in helping new mothers regain their strength and well-being.

Top 4 Causes 

1. Changes in Posture: During pregnancy, the body undergoes significant changes to accommodate the growing baby. These changes can lead to alterations in posture, placing added strain on the shoulders. Additionally, breastfeeding and carrying the baby can contribute to poor posture, exacerbating shoulder pain.

2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and after childbirth can affect ligaments and joints, potentially leading to increased shoulder discomfort.

3. Overuse and Strain: Caring for a newborn often requires repetitive movements, such as lifting, holding, and rocking. These actions can strain the shoulder muscles and lead to pain over time.

4. Lack of Exercise: Many new mothers may be hesitant to engage in physical activity after childbirth. However, regular exercise is crucial for maintaining muscle strength and flexibility, which can help alleviate shoulder pain.

To manage shoulder pain postpartum, consider the following solutions:

– Practice good posture during breastfeeding and holding the baby. Try to bring the baby to you vs you leaning down to the baby. 

– Use ergonomic baby carriers to distribute weight evenly.

– Apply ice or heat packs to ease soreness and inflammation.

– Incorporate gentle exercises and stretches targeting the shoulder muscles and your core muscles.

– Seek support from a physical therapist to address specific concerns. Here at Legacy we frequently work with postpartum moms that are experiencing shoulder pains and we can address your specific concerns and work with you to alleviate these symptoms. 

As a new mother, it is essential to prioritize your well-being to provide the best care for your baby. Shoulder pain postpartum is a common challenge that can be addressed with the right approach. Simple lifestyle adjustments, such as practicing good posture and incorporating gentle exercises, can help alleviate shoulder discomfort. Remember, every woman’s postpartum journey is unique. Consult with a physical therapist to create a personalized plan that meets your specific needs and helps you embrace the joys of motherhood with comfort and confidence.