Wondering if you qualify as a super mommy? Well, if you're a mommy then yes, you do! In my book, any one that is parenting (I mean really truly parenting) deserves to have "super" placed in front of their name. My husband's favorite new phrase comes to mind: "if parenting isn't hard then you're not doing it right".
Once baby arrives most of the aforementioned conditions go away as your body gradually returns to its pre-baby state. However, over the course of the next year your body will be taxed in an entirely different way than it was while pregnant. You will spend hours upon hours hunched forward holding your precious baby as you nurse or bottle feed. You will bend over and stand up countless times lifting baby in and out of the crib. Standing over the changing table is where you'll feel like you spend the majority of your day. The car seat will spend loads of time in the crook of one arm while the diaper bag is fastened over the other arm. Once your baby begins to toddle you will easily add steps to your pedometer as you chase them around, up and down, and get ready to pick baby up and put baby down over and over again (a toddler's favorite game). As you can see raising a baby can put a lot of stress and demand on your back, shoulders and legs. If you're a mommy you already know this because you're probably feeling this!
I've listed three of my favorite stretches to help combat some of the common mommy aches and pains you're likely to experience once baby comes along.
2) Kneeling hip flexor and side bend
3) Supine rotator cuff stretch
Watch the video below for instructions on performing each of these three stretches. Go on. Show yourself some TLC!