If you’ve ever had back pain, you’ll know how much it sucks! 👎🏾 In fact, one of the most cited reasons, by our customers, for seeking out MUTU System in the first place, is postpartum back pain.
36% of mothers surveyed said that postpartum back pain has had a big impact on their life since giving birth.
That’s a lot of mamas putting up with potentially unnecessary back pain, just because they had the audacity to give birth 😉 It’s stopping you from doing what you love to do and it’s not allowing you to live your best life.
So, you want some tips to live pain-free and banish that pesky postpartum back pain for good, right?
Here’s what this article will teach you and it’ll take you less than 5 minutes to read (I know you have small humans who are probably already shouting your name…)
- You can experience postpartum back pain for a number of reasons, but it’s usually connected to a weak core and poor body alignment. The two are totally fixable and we’ve got you covered further down 👇
- Things you do every day could be making this pain even worse. The way you sit, move, walk, and even the shoes you wear, can all be contributing. Yes… I hate to break it to you but… Step away from the heels 👠 🙅
- All is not lost! There are some simple at-home techniques, exercises and lifestyle changes that can help. You need specific core exercises designed for mothers, that can help to strengthen your whole core so your back muscles stop taking over the bulk of the work. They need to learn to take a break!
Causes of Postpartum Back Pain
👎🏾 You pick up your kids and your back hurts
👎🏾 When you turn awkwardly your back hurts
👎🏾 If you sit at a desk your back hurts
👎🏾 When you breastfeed your back hurts
Any of those sounds familiar to you?
As pregnancy progresses we are carrying an ever-increasing load and that load ain’t going anywhere for a good few years. Pregnancy and mothering involve carrying a lot of weights, often in the same repetitive or prolonged positions.
Our body is literally shaped according to how we carry our loads. Pregnancy doesn’t cause poor alignment or posture, but our alignment habits will be exaggerated with the extra load of pregnancy, and that’s when we get pain.
We talk more about body alignment within the MUTU System program and we’ll guide you through how to adjust this day by day – it’s really important and a cornerstone of MUTU System – if your body is not stacked in a position that means it can work right, you’re exercising to keep those body parts in the wrong place.
Does a Stronger Core Mean Less Back Pain?
Well, it’s certainly related. Our Core is so much more than our just our abs. It’s our lower back, pelvic floor, all our abdominal muscles, our glutes, and our hips – it’s our entire trunk or center.
If that central vital muscle system is compromised, and by that, I mean, not as functional or strong as we want it to be, then another body part has to take the strain. Usually our lower back.
If you’re experiencing diastasis recti and weak connective tissue at the front of your abs, that’s one part of your trunk not able to stabilize as well, so your lower back takes the strain.
If you’re bending over to pick up your child or anything else heavy, and you’re not stabilizing your deep core muscles and using your glutes effectively as you stand upright… your lower back takes the strain.
If you’re bending over, pushing, pulling, twisting, turning (As mamas, we do this all the time) grabbing an escaping toddler, picking up toys, and your core is not flexible, strong and switching on… your lower back takes the strain.
So core strength and back pain are definitely related.
How to Relieve Postpartum Back Pain
Okay, so now we get down to the good stuff. You want to know how to banish this pain you’re dealing with, right? Here’s how:
Find your core and strengthen it. This doesn’t mean doing 100 crunches as fast as you can, BTW. It means reconnecting with the deep core muscles and that starts with ‘finding’ them. So say “hello” to your new muscle BFFs with this simple reconnection exercise 👇
Step one: Get comfortable sitting on the floor or lying down. Breath in and out gently for a few breaths and relax your shoulders and jaw.
Step two: Next, exhale as you gently draw in your stomach and lift up your pelvic floor. To find the right muscles, imagine you’re trying not to pass wind by engaging the back passage muscles. Imagine picking up a grape with your vagina, or that your vagina is a straw and you’re sucking a smoothie through it… all slightly weird, but all very effective. Nothing forceful. It’s a gentle squeeze and lift.
Step three: Then, breathe in and fully relax and release those muscles, being careful not to push down or away. Again, this isn’t a forceful movement, just release and fully let go.
Step four: Repeat a few times, keeping in time with your own breath, relaxing and releasing on the inhale, drawing upwards and gently squeezing on the exhale. Start doing these breaths every day a couple of times a day and you’ll start to get connected again.
Now you’re connected you can strengthen your core. You need gentle and specific exercises designed for a mother’s body. Not every core exercise regime you come across is going to be suitable. The MUTU System program contains 12 modules of gentle but effective workouts and exercises to help banish persistent and even debilitating back pain.
“MUTU completely changed my life. I was suffering from persistent back pain I was in such intense pain I couldn’t move or get up and walk. After doing MUTU, I haven’t had a back injury since! My body is definitely stronger” – MUTU Mama Niki
Change your shoes. Yup seriously, your shoes are affecting how optimally your core can do its job, and when they hinder your core from doing its job, your back will hurt. High heels are not helping. They are skewing your alignment, throwing all the stacked parts out of kilter and your back is taking the strain. In MUTU we talk shoes a lot and encourage minimal or barefoot shoes. But for the purposes of this blog… I’m just gonna say, lose the heels as often as you can and if you are suffering from lower back pain – definitely try it.
Squat, baby! Your glutes play a big role in your core strength and confidence. If your glutes are not doing their job, your pelvic floor suffers, and so does your back. Gluteal muscles not only stabilize around your tailbone, but they also help support your low back muscles. If the glutes are weak, the low back muscles have to work harder, which makes them fatigued and sore. Squats, baby. We squat a lot in MUTU too. MUTU teaches you to protect your back, and build glutes as you squat.
Once you’ve followed my four top tips for banishing postpartum back pain, you’re now ready for the full MUTU System program, specifically made for mamas who are putting up with pain that is holding them back. Sound like you? Sign up today to the proven, most medically recommended postpartum exercise program. Helping mamas feel good is what we do.