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Avoiding Backache with a Newborn

Updated: Nov 16, 2018

Dr. Tara Brown, (Hon) BA Kin, DC, ART®, D. Ac - Doctor of Chiropractic

Due to the number of mothers with newborns that have recently been coming into my office, I thought it would be helpful to offer some simple tips as recommended by the Ontario Chiropractic Association. These tips can help parents avoid some common aches and pains.

Most parents may be lifting a 7-10 lb baby 50 times a day (or more). That amount of lifting does not change, even as the child starts to grow. The repetitive lifting may put you at risk for back problems. Here are some recommendations:


• Stand with your feet at least shoulder width apart

• Keep your back in a neutral position and bend your knees

• Bring your baby as close to your chest as possible and then lift using both arms


• While carrying, pivot with your feet instead of twisting your back

• This ensures that you are turning with your hips and not torqueing your low back

• Lower your child into the crib or onto the floor by bending at the knees (always think neutral back)


• Hold your child in an upright position, directly against your chest as much as possible

• Carrying the child on one hip creates an imbalanced posture which can lead to low back or hip pain over time


• Try to sit in a chair with back support and avoid leaning forward to reach your newborns mouth

• Use pillows or blankets to support and position the baby closer to you


• Once cleared by your medical doctor, returning to exercise can help increase muscle support for your aching back

• While your baby is enjoying tummy time, join them on the floor and do some exercises to help strengthen your core (again, once cleared to do so)

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