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A phys­io­ther­a­pist can give you ad­vice on self-care mea­sures, which are likely to in­clude pelvic floor ex­er­cises. In the mean­time, gen­tle ac­tiv­ity, like walk­ing or stretch­ing, will help re­duce stiff­ness, but if any­thing causes dis­com­fort, stop right away.

Place a heat pack against your lower back when you’re sit­ting for long pe­ri­ods.

Pay at­ten­tion to your body po­si­tion when feed­ing your baby, whether breast or bot­tle feed­ing. Choose a com­fort­able chair with arm­rests and use lots of pil­lows to give ex­tra sup­port to your back and arms. If you’re breast­feed­ing, con­sider buy­ing a breast­feed­ing pil­low that sits around your mid­dle. Try us­ing a foot­stool to keep your feet slightly off the floor.

Al­ways bring your baby to your breast, rather than the other way around. Also try dif­fer­ent breast­feed­ing po­si­tions like ly­ing on your side on the bed.

Try tran­scu­ta­neous elec­tri­cal nerve stim­u­la­tion. Some peo­ple re­port that us­ing one of these de­vices tem­po­rar­ily re­lieves their lower back pain. They are avail­able for hire from some phys­io­ther­a­pists.

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