Cradling a baby can be quite stressful on your wrists if you do it the wrong way. A new mother may hold her child for hours on end each day for months. There is a correct and incorrect way to hold a baby. Mothers who hold their babies the wrong way are likely to develop a condition known as “mother’s wrist”. Mother’s wrist is a common name associated with a wrist condition otherwise known as De Quervain’s Tendinitis.
Cradling a baby with incorrect hand posture may cause your wrists to develop significant pain. The most common area that mothers experience pain is on the thumb side of the wrist. Some women may even develop a small, painful cyst near that same area. The most common postural problem while cradling a baby is when the mother’s wrist is bent sideways and in a flexed position. Coupled with the weight of your baby, this wrist position can be especially traumatic on the wrist and hand.
Holding your baby with your wrist awkwardly bent can create a wrist problem. It’s not difficult to change your posture to keep the wrists and forearms more relaxed and protected. You can do this by maintaining your
wrists in a straight, more neutral position while cradling your baby.
Holding your wrists in an awkwardly bent position for sustained periods may lead to misalignment of the tiny wrist and hand bones.
De Quervain’s Tendinitis or “mother’s wrist” is often associated with misalignments of one or more of the bones in the hand or wrist. Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, hand and possibly even the forearm will correct the underlying bio mechanical cause of Mother’s Wrist and other wrist and hand conditions.