November 17, 2010 (2:40 pm)

Pregnancy / Postpartum Hip Pain

by Kristen Suzanne

Back in the 7th month of pregnancy with Kamea, I started having hip pain. It never did let up with the birth of her, in fact, it’s become a little worse. For the most part, it doesn’t hurt too much during the day, except when I get up from a seated position and take the first few steps (ouch!). It hurts the worst when I’m sleeping (which sucks when you’re finally trying to get some much needed sleep!). It’s my left hip and the pain hurts whether I’m lying on my left or right side. If I’m lying on my back, it’s okay, but this mama does a lot of side-lying nursing through the night so I need to be on a side. However, one thing that has really helped at night is using my (Blessed Nest) nursing pillow against my back when I’m lying on my side (I knew I’d get more use from this pillow than just breastfeeding. Love it!). Prior to figuring that out, I used to just keep myself up on my side balancing with my own muscles and I couldn’t really relax. I wonder if this contributed even more to the stress in my hip? But, now that I’m using the pillow (and not just any pillow, it needs to be hearty and be able to stand up to my leaning on it), it’s easier to be relaxed in bed.

So, it was getting really bad. I could barely sleep as pain shot through my hip and down my leg so I finally decided to get help at about 4 months postpartum. I was choosing between physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, seeing my MD, (oh, and I thought about seeing a chiropractor). I opted to try the physical therapy first. I went for about 4 visits so far. It has helped thankfully. It’s not completely better but there is improvement. When I’m there I stretch it, do some exercises, they put a heating pad on it, then put electrical impulse things on it, and they rub the heck out of it.

Fingers crossed it keeps getting better, because I think that I want to get back into the gym after Thanksgiving. I need to get my blood pumping a bit, but with my hip acting up, it’s impossible. I’d also like to do some strength training. Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying our gorgeous Arizona weather and walking with Kamea in a babywearing carrier. We go around the block 2-3 times a day. That’s nothing major, but carrying a 15 pound baby strapped to your body does burn some extra calories and build a little physical endurance.

And while I’m on the topic of complaining about postpartum pain, can I bitch about the postpartum hair shedding? I think I’m officially going to be doing a “comb over” like some balding 50 year old man. :(

Here’s a cute forum post that says it all.

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August 24, 2010 (7:00 pm)

My Postpartum Must Haves

by Kristen Suzanne

I wanted to share some of my postpartum must haves. These are things I use all the time these days. This list isn’t all inclusive… for example, I’m not listing diapers, stroller, car seat, and stuff like that. This list is simply to highlight a few things that I find very helpful as a new mommy.

Organic cloth prefolds | Organic cloth wipes | *Organic blankets | Breastfeeding pillow | Baby Bottom Balm | Cloth wipe warmer | Rocker swing | Salt lamp | Foot Stool

*The brand I love is Pixel Organics. I bought mine on Amazon, but I don’t see them there now. I also love this one though (I have the veggie one)

By the way, if you’re interested in the Orbit Bassinet I talk about in the video, here it is.

UPDATE: From one of the comments below… here is another rocker option, eco friendly. (I haven’t tried it.) Thanks, Katie!

What are your postpartum must haves?

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