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.