Sometimes, new mothers can hurt themselves inadvertently if they:
• Hold their infant in an awkward position, which can happen during nighttime feedings sometimes.
• Lift a baby out of a crib or stroller, incorrectly.
• Tote an older child on one hip.
• Had a C-Section and spent a lot of time in bed.
Holding a baby can put stress on your neck, shoulders, back, and arms. If you are feeling out of sorts, have sciatic pain, pelvic pain, or headaches, the culprit could be relaxin. During pregnancy, the placenta generates a hormone called, relaxin. True to its name, Relaxin relaxes your musculoskeletal system. Your back and pelvis loosen up. All this relaxation is the upside of relaxin; it is what allows your body to deliver a baby. It also contributes to that unbalanced, wobbly gait you get during the latter part of your pregnancy. Everything is suddenly loose, and you must be careful not to fall.
The effects of relaxin last about six months after you give birth and it makes chiropractic adjustments easier because your joints are unusually flexible. But, relaxin also means that your lower back and pelvis can become misaligned more easily. The extra weight of pregnancy can also stress your back.