Feel-Good Moves for Moms

Risk: Carrying Baby

Mother holding baby

Peter LaMastro

Risky Behavior: Carrying your baby on one hip
What Hurts: Side muscles

Soothing move: Lengthen and stretch side muscles: Kneel on ground. If you carry your baby on right side, stretch right arm over head, so right bicep is near ear; lean toward left side, inhaling. Exhale; straighten back up to lengthen right side. For added stretch, hold light weight in right hand. Do 5 times. Repeat 5 times on other side, and then come back to initial (tighter) side for 3 more reps.

Prevention pointer: To strengthen both sides of your body, use your baby as an exercise weight. Stand with feet turned out, wider than shoulder-width apart, and knees in a semi-squat. Holding your child slightly in front of you with elbows bent, twist from side to side for one rep, taking deep breaths. Do 3 sets of 5 reps with abs engaged and knees stationary; straighten legs between each set.

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