Reaching and bending
Avoid prolonged stretching and reaching while working over your head or stooping and bending to while working down low.
Avoid bending while cleaning bathrooms, floors, stoves, etc., by using long–handled brushes, sponges and mops.
Backaches, babies and new mothers
Caution: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using any drug, including aspirin and myoflex.
Pregnant women and new mothers are prone to backaches for two reasons. First, additional stress is put on the back by carrying an unborn baby, delivering, and lifting and carrying a newborn baby.
Second, hormones are released during the latter stages of pregnancy which cause a relaxing of joints. The back is more susceptible to problems caused by twisting and bending during this period.
Bending over to bathe a baby in the bathtub can put excessive stress on the back. Instead, try using the laundry tub or kitchen sink, both of which are higher, or get into the bathtub yourself to bathe the baby.
Avoid the temptation to slouch forward over the baby while breast feeding. Once feeding begins, sit up straight and follow the rules for good posture. Try using pillows on your lap to support the baby.
For mothers who are experiencing particularly painful back problems, consider getting a light–weight stroller to use indoors to carry the baby.
Talk to your doctor about special exercises that can help relieve backaches during pregnancy.