Being pregnant comes with its joys as well as its pains.
Back pain is one I've received questions about. A friend from Washington, D.C. sent me an email asking about new mothers and back pain. If you've experienced this issue yourself, please read on to see how my expert advice can help.
"I have a fitness question for you : Andrea, I know that new first-time moms experience back pain at some point in caring for a little one, whether it's putting them in a johnny-jump-up or leaning over a changing table. What are exercises a new mom can do to prevent back pain?"
From the Expert:
Thanks Ryan. New moms typically have weak abdominals and core muscles. Here are three good exercises for new moms are:
1. Back bridge: Lie on your back with knees bent and lift hips off the floor tucking pelvis under this strengthens the low back and the back of the thighs
2. Single leg crossover: Lie on your back with hand stretched out in a "T" position and one knee bent and roll it across the body hold for 5 to 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
3. Knee drops: Lie on your back with hands stretched out in a "T" position, bring both knees up towards belly bent and rotate to right and left to strengthen the lower abdominals and obliques
All three of these exercises should help strengthen the lower back and abdominals to prevent low back pain.