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Babies & Back Pain

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  New moms can get a real workout just carrying everything when they leave the house with the baby, but sometimes that bundle of joy can bring a lot of back pain.

  Julia Jacques has a lot on her hands these days.

  Julie Jacques: "We always have extra clothes (in case there is a blow out), diapers, wipes, toys, burp clothes and lot of blankets."

  Baby Lucy needs a lot of stuff and although a baby brings lots of smiles, she can also bring muscle pain.

  Julia:" I noticed after she was born and we were going out... I had a lot of shoulder pain. I always carry her on my right. I do everything with my left."

   Luckily, Julia's husband is a physical therapist at Sanford Health. He says his wife's pain was easy to diagnose. He sees a lot of moms with the same kind of pain.

  Matthew: "Carrying the diaper bag and baby carrier... it is a lot. That is heavy."

  Moms have a lot on their hands, but just how much extra weight are we talking? Let's check the scale. Let's put baby Lucy on the scale...and then the diaper bag.

  Julia is carrying about an extra 30 pounds, so Matthew suggests she lighten the load.

  Matthew Jacques/Sanford Health Physical Therapist: "It's better and more healthy for your body to not have the weight straining on your body."

  He says moms should only pack what is truly needed. He says it's also important to the switch arm you carry the baby on. He has also suggested Julia do a little strength training... to keep up with the growing baby.

  Julia: "She already has gotten bigger. She has doubled in size. So, she will just be getting heavier."

   Julia says she will be more conscious of the weight she is carrying, but admits... It's hard to slow down a mom packed up and ready to go.

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