Tips for Managing Pelvic Pain After Birth

Tips for Managing Pelvic Pain After Birth

Ladies, please don’t put up with pelvic pain!

Contrary to what we are told, it isn’t just something we need to put up with in pregnancy, there’s a lot we can do to help it!

1. When possible keep knees and ankles together. This lessens the pressure on the pubic ligaments and eases pain and inflammation. Think SHORT SKIRT NO KNICKERS – this will help you to keep knees together!

2. SIT DOWN! Not just to rest – but resting is good, we recommend that whenever you can. But sit down to put on knickers, trousers and skirts (any bottoms basically). Stepping into these clothes shears the pelvis and that really irritates the inflammation! Sit down, step into bottoms while sitting and then stand up to pull up.

3. Tail Bone – keep it pointing down. This encourages you to stand with weight equally on both feet. If you lessen the over arching in the lower back you can’t sink into one hip (which we tend to do if we are over arched in the lumbar back) standing centred and keeping the pelvis neutral will help support the pelvis.

Caring for Mastitis & Engorged Boobs

Caring for Mastitis & Engorged Boobs

This Mother Box “Top Tip Tuesday” is to offer advice for caring for mastitis and engorged, lumpy boobs!

Taken straight from the pages of our book “The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums” – we’re sharing this again because we’ve been showing lots of our lady clients recently, so thought we’d pop it up here too.

Comb them! Yep! We did say comb them! This is a fabulous tip we learnt from a Japanese midwife many moons ago.

If your breasts are feeling engorged and lumpy or you have a hot red patch/lump – then the chances are you will have an area (or several areas) of blocked/curdled milk.

Unfortunately, this is presents a perfect breeding ground for bacteria – which can then in turn, cause mastitis.

Getting these blocks moving will help stop mastitis in its tracks and often prevent it altogether. At the first sign of lumps/red patches – before each feed, comb the breast from the outside, down toward to nipple all the way around the breast. Use a steady firm pressure, not hard enough to hurt (the correct pressure should still feel nice).

Use a little oil or moisturiser to help the comb glide if you need. . . Latch baby for a feed and they will then encourage milk to flow through the breast and suck out the curdled milk (it’s totally safe for them as the bacteria which causes mastitis doesn’t affect them at all).

Continue to comb as baby feeds, combing from the armpit to the nipple and focusing on any lumps.

You should start feeling relief quite quickly!

Repeat this process with every feed until the breast feels soft and lump free and any red patches have gone.

Drink lots of warm, herbal tea alongside combing to flush toxins from your system and keep yourself hydrated.

If the red lumps do not go, if you have a fever or are feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms – please do seek medical advice.

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Self Care For New Mum Aches & Pains

Self Care For New Mum Aches & Pains

OK, so we know that those early weeks of baby arriving are wonderful, but they don’t half wreck havoc on your back, neck and shoulders.

Carrying baby around and feeding baby – bottle or breast makes us sit slightly hunched over for extended periods of time. And the weight of hormonal boobs can be a complete shocker!   Having large breasts ourselves anyway – we experienced back pain just from the sheer size of those bad boys!!

Please take a minute to study the illustration of how to carry out this a “back-saving” stretch for all mums (and dads actually).  We found that it really helps with early tension, but is also handy all the way through parenting.  Regularly carrying out these stretches will help with the strain of carrying/lifting and bending with babies and toddlers – it also helps with the ‘shoulders up round your ears’ reaction to toddler tantrums and teenage sass!

It’s a good all rounder whatever stage you are at! Try and tack it on to a routine you already have, like brushing your teeth or making your morning cuppa! Leave a post it note by the kettle or toothbrush that says ‘stretch’ to jog your memory! Illustration by the awesome @kaybarkerillustrations

Stay Calm Help for New Parents

Stay Calm Help for New Parents

This tip was taught to us by a psychotherapist we worked with years ago and is a fab coping technique for any new mamma with a baby that’s prone to having a good old scream up!
Babies cry for many, many reasons and whilst we want to hold and reassure them whilst they are crying, sometimes the sheer volume can make our blood pressure soar and rattle our brains. Such loud noises can leave us feeling very frazzled and anxious. As if this wasn’t bad enough, new mums hormones are such that we are on near-constant, “red alert” during those early postnatal months. Our sensory input is so acute that a crying baby will often sound much louder to a new mum than it would to a non-hormonal postnatal bystander (which explains why partners can often seem much calmer when trying to settle baby).
The answer… minimise the noise by wearing ear plugs! Sounds crazy at first, but try it, it really works. Pop the ear plugs in and you can still rock, cuddle and walk around with baby, tending to little one and holding them until they settle, but without the same volume of noise. Using earplugs reduces the volume going in and the stress reaction this causes, helping you stay calmer – which will in turn help baby to settle quicker! Simple, but SO effective.
Let us know how you get on with it!
New Mum Advice on the First Postnatal Poop

New Mum Advice on the First Postnatal Poop

Let’s talk about that all important and sometimes nerve wracking postnatal poo! We all have to do it! And most of us dread it, even if you haven’t had an episiotomy or tear it can still feel a bit tender and inflamed and lots of women fear putting any pressure down there for a little while. The thing is, postnatal constipation is very uncomfortable, so don’t hold it in! And the truth is, it’s never as bad as you think it will be!

Here are some tips to help.

1/ don’t rush! Allow yourself time and space to use the bathroom uninterrupted. If you try to rush you’ll strain and if you strain it’ll be sore. Allow yourself time to sit and let yourself relax, relaxed muscles let go better!

2/ keep your mouth and jaw relaxed. There is a neurological link up between your mouth and your sphincter muscles, if you are tight in your jaw, you’ll be tight in your sphincter muscles. Wiggle that jaw and relax your lips!

3/ sometimes supporting the perineum can help you to mentally relax the bottom. Use a clean wash cloth or maternity pad and hold it against the perineum, you will most likely feel the bottom and bowel relax immediately.

4/ using a foot stall and putting your feet flat up on it while you are on the loo so that your knees are higher than your hips is a better position for pooing, this mimics the squatting position and can help if you are constipated.

5/ if your bottom is sore or you have haemorrhoids, you can make a cooling pad using chamomile tea and a sanitary pad. Steep the tea for 20 mins, pour over some maternity pads and pop them in the fridge for a few hours to cool. After doing a poo or if haemorrhoids are sore, take a pad out of the fridge and sit on it for a soothing, cooling relief.

6/ remember to stay hydrated, you need to drink lots of water in the post natal period, this will help to stop constipation.

Better out than in we say!