10 Ways to Avoid the Motherhood Injury that Cost Me Surgery….and a Lot of Pain!

Lisa Cherry —  September 17, 2012
Lisa SlingBy Lisa Cherry

Until it happened to me, I did not know how common shoulder injuries are...especially for women.

I'm convinced my torn rotator cuff could have been prevented. That is a tough lesson to learn the hard way!

As a middle-age mama who is raising ten children, I'm speaking to all of those young moms middle-age moms and grandmas out there… Learn from my mistake! Learn from my mistake!

1. Recognize the immense amount of stress motherhood puts on shoulders and arms. Multiply this stress by the number of children you have.

2. Avoid the temptation to carry the baby car seat on the crook of your arm…obvious stress on your shoulder!

3. Learn to carry your young children on either hip…not just your favorite one.

4. Value taking care of your own body. The husband and the kids need you...... for the long haul.

5. Learn to be the Proverbs 31 woman whose arms are strong for her task….which leads to number six:

6. Intentionally exercise your arms, or you will be weak for your tasks.....and not know it. Make the time and the priority to build your muscles. You will be glad later!

7. Bad exercise or improper weightlifting can do more damage than good.

8. Listen to your body signals. Things that feel too heavy…are.  Tissues or muscles that are aching…need to be healed.

9. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to build and protect your health. And then do what He says.

10. Consider purchasing and using the book that was given to me by a friend just a few short months before my second injury that sent me to surgery...Core Performance Essentials.

Had I done number nine and followed through with number 10, how much grief I could have avoided!
  • http://www.favored-one.blogspot.com/ Tobi Benton

    Great post!  Especially the reminder (again) about prioritizing caring for our bodies as we care for our families.  Thanks!  (visiting from A Pause on the Path today.)

    • http://www.frontlinefamilies.org/ Lisa Cherry

       Tobi,
      I'm so grateful for your comments.  Thank you too!

  • LisaRaub

    That's all so very true! I have long felt that it is important for mothers to see the value of their profession, and train themselves accordingly. Like you say, it's the long haul that counts!

    Thanks so much for your wisdom. May your pain be our gain.

    Lisa
    http://www.TheCourageousJourney.com

    • http://www.frontlinefamilies.org/ Lisa Cherry

       I appreciate your comments.  Yes, we need to see ourselves as valuable!
      Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Denise Oldham

    Appreciate your sharing.

    • http://www.frontlinefamilies.org/ Lisa Cherry

       Hello Denise,
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Alynn

    Hi, I found your blogpost through the Modest Mom link up :).  I have to say that I could have written this post myself as a mother of 12, except for me it was my foot.  With the last three babies in the last four years have meant jumping out of bed several times a night on a "cold" foot, along with spending my days continually on my feet, I had developed a severe case of plantar fasciosis, which is chronic tearing of the tendons from the arch to the heal.   Last May I could hardly walk, now I'm just starting to be able to walk around "normally".  As mother's of many, we forget just how much wear and tear we put on our bodies.  I still working on remembering to take care of myself :).  Blessing to you, Alynn 

  • http://www.frontlinefamilies.org/ Lisa Cherry

    Alynn,
    Thanks so much for your comment, and so glad to hear you are feeling better.  Yes, we need to learn to take care of ourselves too.