For some women, the pregnancy and postpartum journey is a breeze. But for quite a lot of other women, pregnancy and labor can make you feel like your body is falling apart. Even well into postpartum, the stress of being a new mom combined with the constant upper body engagement involved in nursing and carrying around a sweet (but deceptively heavy) baby all day (and night!) can cause some serious aches and pains. But what can you do? The baby's only gonna get heavier! Luckily, there are some easy-to-do neck and back stretches for moms that will help to ease those nagging pains now, to relieve some of those new mom pains.
Are you one of those people who almost never stretches? Most of us could probably use a little more stretching in our lives. As a certified personal trainer, this is something I see in my clients all the time, literally. And as a mom, I'll never forget the pain in my neck and shoulders when I was nursing around the clock, not to mention the soreness in my arms and back. Those tiny little babies are surprisingly heavy. My nursing pillow became my best friend. It was such a relief to have that support as I nursed. But I totally could have helped myself more by being extra proactive with my stretching. Check out these stretches you can do every day to help relieve some of that tension in those mom muscles that are working oh so hard now that you've got a little one.