By Dr. Heather Dacey
Sentara Therapy Services
At first, when the babies are small, they are easy to carry or put down in order to complete household activities. Safely carrying these little ones means cradled in your arms close to the body or perhaps in a double shoulder carrying pack. While some argue the swaddle sling is best for the baby bonding, if not positioned correctly, this sling can cause significant pain and stress to the low back of the mother as well as increased stress to the baby’s back.
Once the babies get a little more mobile and older, the “new mom posture” really kicks in. The forward shoulders, hunched back, and forward head – all attempts at making dinner while answering the phone and carrying the baby on your hip. Anatomically, this means possible rotator cuff strains, upper and mid back pain, headaches and possible sciatica pain.