After lugging an enormous pregnant belly around on swollen feet, plucking your sweet bundle from her crib should be a cinch. Then why is your wrist on fire and your back out of whack? Welcome to the world of new mom aches and pains.
It’s not your newborn’s weight causing a crick in your neck. It’s the sheer number of times you lean over and twist in order to nurse, rock or wrangle those fat folds into the car seat. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, postpartum moms may be lifting their tots, who usually weigh between 7 and 10 pounds, up to 50 times a day. And since infants typically triple their birth weight in the first year, the soreness you’re experiencing in the hips and shoulders may only get worse.