Up­per body

Your Baby & Toddler - - Just for You -

YOUR PROB­LEM

Flab­bi­ness and weak­ness in the up­per body area are com­mon post-birth com­plaints. You might find out-of-shape arms strug­gle to lift your new baby out of the car seat and into the pram or onto the chang­ing ta­ble and then back again sev­eral times a day, and your wrists may feel weak. Re­mem­ber that your body pro­duced the hor­mone re­laxin in larger amounts than usual when you were preg­nant, and this can have weak­ened your joints. Also, most moms-to-be cut out up­per body ex­er­cise dur­ing preg­nancy, so you weren’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­er­cis­ing the area.

THE SO­LU­TION To help re­lieve strain on your wrists, tone arms, back and shoul­der mus­cles. You’ll have to wait for the all­clear from your doc­tor be­fore you can start ex­er­cis­ing again (usu­ally six weeks), but once you can, start a daily work­out.

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