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Shedding Light on Postpartum Pain Syndrome

Posted by: Kylan Pimley on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

After my son was born, I was elated. I was tired, but incredibly happy. Our family was complete, and I felt incredibly thankful for two healthy children. My birth recovery experience was wonderful. I returned to my Baby Boot Camp classes the DAY I turned six weeks postpartum and I arrived to class ready to go! As I was greeted by the Baby Boot Camp instructor, she asked me if I had any postpartum pain. I interpreted the words "postpartum pain" to pain in my pelvic or vaginal area. I excitedly announced "NO!!! I feel wonderful!".

My first class back with both kids was a dream. I took it easy and evaluated my plan to gradually return to my level two intensity. It wasn't until a couple months later I started feeling the pain. Postpartum Pain Syndrome. Yep, it's a thing and it has nothing to do with your pelvic area! Commonly misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, Postpartum Pain Syndrome is a musculoskeletal complaint of new moms of neck, shoulder and back pain.

Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Sore neck and upper traps
  • Sore lumbar and mid-spine
  • Collapsed in lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine
  • Shortened pectoral muscles from hunching over
  • Compressed cervical spine
  • Lengthened lats
  • Kyphotic/lordotic
  • tucked pelvis
  • unstable lumbar spine
  • unstable pelvis
  • loose abdominals
  • upper traps engaged with tight hamstrings

What can you do?

Recognize that you are not alone. We have a very supportive tribe of moms that you can connect with through out Baby Boot Camp classes and MomStrong Tribe events. There are so many challenges associated with being a mom and there is no reason you need to ever feel alone.

Take care of you. Taking the time to see a chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist, or naturopathic physician can make a big difference in your quality of life as you work to keep up with the needs of your little one.

Posture matters. From muscle weakness, imbalances, and fatigue to feeding, changing, carrying your little one, your posture is sure to become compromised. Be aware of how you are sitting and standing, relax your shoulders, and pause to take three deep breaths.

Hydrate. Most of us are dehydrated. Add the demands of birth recovery and nursing, and you probably need to stop what you are doing right now and drink a glass of water. Water affects every organ in your body, so drink up and assist your body to function better.

By Kylan Pimley, Director of Program Development

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