Heavy Lifting: A New Mom's Guide for Avoiding Injury
Lifting Your Baby from the Crib
Don’t: Lock your knees or hold your baby at arms’ length as you pick him up. “This puts extreme pressure on your spinal discs,” says Dr. Nicholas Warren, ergonomics coordinator at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut.
Do: Plant your feet shoulder-width apart, lower the crib railing, and bend your knees. Then bring your baby as close to your body as possible before lifting him.
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