Having joint pain can be discomforting and it does not influence all women. Many ladies would question thinking is it a temporary post-partum joint discomfort or is it permanent? How can I get rid of it?
During pregnancy, bodily changes occur and there are some special hormones such as relaxin that is secreted by the body to prepare for the baby’s growth inside the mother’s womb.
Relaxin aims to relax the ligaments that is attached to the pubic bone. This expands the muscles and ligaments beyond its normal capacity. Ligaments are tough connective tissue that attaches bone to bone.
The weight during the last trimester of pregnancy causes high pressure on the spinal cord, knees and coccyx. This will take time to go back to normal after given birth due to the tightening of the muscles and ligaments.
Soreness in the joints can also be caused due to picking up the baby, feeding and carrying him. This causes lack of rest to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and which ultimately causes joint discomfort in the neck, back, knee, feet and hips. This normally lasts for several months after giving birth.
Some parent report that joint ache is due to breastfeeding. However, this factor alone cannot be the cause rather it is a combination of factors.
Tips from Discomfort to Comfort!
- Prophet’s Medicine diet is highly recommended such as Talbinah (barley porridge), barley bread, home-made vinegar, food cooked with olive oil and Nabeez (drink made with soaked raisins). For recipes and other recommendations, check out: www.tibbenabawi.org
- Remove table salt from your diet and replace it with organic rock salts and himalyan crystal salt as table salt can increase the amount of water and swelling in the body.
- Avoid black seed and its oil as its strong for expected ladies.!
- Add topical cream to alleviate backache.
- Supplement tablets that contain glucasomine and MSM.
- Herbs such as white willow back can help with the soreness.
- Herbal tea such as mint and fennel.
- Osteopathy for neck, back and shoulder pain! Some mothers have cranial osteopathy that aims to treat their baby’s crying after a traumatic/difficult birth.
- Post-natal exercises after 6 weeks of delivery, ask your G.P.
- GoFlex is a recommended cream that is reported to be effective!
- Acupuncture – this ancient Chinese treatment has shown effective results.
- Chiropractic – treats bad backs
May Allah give all my sisters who are expecting a child a safe and healthy pregnancy and new baby insha’Allah.