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Pain-Relieving Stretches for Moms

Even minor parenting tasks like carrying your diaper bag and running after your toddler can make your body stiff and achy. Our stretching plan targets the spots that bug moms most.
Feel-Good Moves

Manual labor is a huge part of a mom's job description. As if lifting and carrying your child 24/7 weren't enough of a challenge, you also have to lug a jam-packed diaper bag and tons of gear every time you and your little one leave the house. Minor muscle aches are practically inevitable -- but you may pay a major price if you don't treat your body with the same TLC as you would your baby's, says Fabio Comana, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego. He told us which of the everyday moves moms make are potentially harmful, and how you can easily stretch away those painful sore spots.