Many women who have children now are more active than before they became parents.
Children’s care requires regularly lifting them, kneeling at their level, and carrying tons of gear while darting around to keep them out of trouble.
Overuse injuries can result in a series of complaints among mothers.
Michaela Campagnolo, the lead physical therapist, tells Yahoo Life, Many of the injuries that moms can face are due to “repetitive movements with improper body mechanics.”
She says that loading strollers into trunks and lifting car seats take their toll on the body.
According to Campagnolo, mothers can be more prone to these injuries after giving birth.
She says, “Looseness of joints from certain hormones associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding can make you more vulnerable.”
Check out the most common injuries moms experience and how you can avoid them.
Lower Back Issues
Dr. Mara Vucich, a physical and rehabilitation medicine specialist, tells Yahoo Life, “Parents experience back issues often, especially if they have infants or children.”
She says, “It is related to bending and twisting, like bathing your baby or lifting your baby or toddler in and out of their car seat.”
Vucich suggests following proper lifting techniques, like bending your knees and not twisting while picking something up, to reduce your risk of developing back pain.
Sobel says tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a wear-and-tear condition that can be inflamed by repetitive overuse.
Medline Plus reports that the tennis elbow is marked by soreness or pain on the outer part of the upper arm near the elbow.
Campagnolo suggests lifting things by repeatedly putting your palms up and avoiding extending your wrists and fingers.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
According to Sobel, it affects the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist, so it’s not a phrase that sounds good.
It can cause symptoms like swollen and painful fingers, trouble moving your thumb and wrist, and a feeling that your thumb is “sticking” when you move it, the Mayo Clinic notes.
Kirsch says that carpal tunnel “is one of the most common overuse syndromes.”
She explains that a repetitive motion injury can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm.
Sobel says taking care of your wrists – and straightening them when you can – can help you avoid carpal tunnel as a mom.