Babies love and need to be carried and held. A lot.
Most of the time, moms need to do other things while holding their babies. When I became a mom, I realized very quickly that all these new activities and motions I was doing, mostly while holding a growing baby, were taking a toll on my body.
My body didn’t necessarily react well. I had constant aches and pains. Inflamed tendon from rocking with one foot too much. Hip and lower back pain from always carrying my daughter on the same side, with poor posture. Crick in my neck from looking down at her during feedings. I had mom friends who were experiencing similar things, and even requiring medical attention – ranging from chiropractors to cortisone shots!
I learned pretty quickly that I needed to use better techniques, and try to use both sides of my body as equally as possible to prevent discomfort and injury.
Post-partum, I got back to the gym. I was looking forward to getting back in shape, and trying new classes that I wasn’t comfortable trying while pregnant. I started taking some of the Les Mills classes – Body Pump and GRIT, specifically. These classes kicked my butt and got me in fantastic shape. I also began attending Fit Mommies, a boot camp style class that I could bring my daughter along to and let her play while I exercised.
In these classes, I learned lots of great weight lifting form and techniques from the instructors that helped me to lift weight not only effectively, but safely.
One day, I noticed myself using weight lifting techniques to lift my child. My body had learned how to lift properly, and subconsciously applied itself. Weight lifting had trained my body to lift weights – and now I needed to apply that training to lifting different weights.
Since that realization, I have been making a conscious effort to use proper technique as much as possible with my favorite little weights. It’s even more important today – since I now have two “weights” that occasionally both want me to carry them at the same time. But because of the strength I gained and the techniques I learned, I can safely bend down and pick up my toddler while holding my baby on the other side.