I had my first baby 4 and a half months ago. After normal delivery, I have
severe muscle weakness problem to my legs and my lower back. Even with
physio therapy help, now my knees, hip and my back still hurt with daily
activities like walking, climbing stairs in my house.
Could breastfeeding cause my ligaments to be so soft and vulnerable while
I'm nursing? Will stop nursing improve my problem? What else could I do to
get back to normal? If I have another baby, will I get this problem again?
Please help, thanks.
Pregnancy is associated with marked "softening" of supports thoughout the body. In the postpartum interval, this laxity of supports continues and is exaggerated in breast feeding women because the ovarian hormone support does not come back as quickly. This combination of low hormone levels (the placenta has gone and the ovaries are not yet working) contributes to the muscles soreness. Muscles are working harder to take up the slack of lax ligamentous supports. The combination contributes to the symptoms you are describing.
It is appropriate to discuss these symptoms with your physician and ask if you have had any tests done to exclude collagen vascular diseases. A second common diagnosis is postpartum low thyroid function: again, a easy-to-test-for condition. Also, if you have any family history of muscle weakness problems, consultation with a rhumatologist may become logical.
There is no specific treatment and there is not predictability about what will happen in another pregnancy.
This information is provided for general purposes only and is not a medical consultation. Specific questions should be addressed to your primary physician.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.