I’d always hoped to wear any baby we were blessed with, but when the ligaments of my pelvis over-loosened to an extreme degree at 24 weeks pregnant, and I began living in near-constant pain, I wondered if it would work out. My medical team all assured me that my body would heal itself shortly after delivery, so I kept on figuring out which wearing options were best for our family.
I was interested in soft-structured carriers, namely the Beco Gemini,
the idea of wrapping really enticed me. I loved that woven wraps were
amazingly beautiful and versatile from infancy to toddlerhood. When Baby
Boy V was born, I was armed with a stretchy Moby Wrap and a Neobulle
woven wrap. I wrapped baby for the first time at about thirty hours old
in a Moby.
the surprise of all, instead of my pain getting better after V was
born, it got worse and worse as the pain spread from my pelvis to my
lower back, upper back, shoulders, and neck. Life became consumed with
thrice weekly chiropractic visits, weekly physical therapy, and a
battery of doctors who didn’t quite know what to do with me.
baby in my arms would exacerbate the pain, but what else is a new mom
to do? I quickly discovered that when I wrapped V, it distributed his
weight across my shoulders and back and made carrying him around
a few weeks, I decided to pull out my woven wrap to see how that
compared to the Moby. It was trickier to get snug, but it felt so much
more supportive. After getting some pointers at a Babywearing International of DC-MD-VA
meeting, I discovered that I had less pain wearing V in a woven wrap
than pushing him a stroller which required me to hold my arms in an
uncomfortable position. I realized that a very snug pocket carry acted
as a back brace, plus having baby so snugly next to me gave me an
emotional boost, an important thing when dealing with chronic pain.
the Moby is stretchy, it has give in every direction and felt like it
was pulling away from me. In contrast, a woven wrap only stretches
slightly on the diagonal so it can get scrumptiously snug and conform to
every inch of baby and me to provide unparalleled support. I wish I had
started with a woven from the beginning!
carries that are best for me have three things in common: they are
symmetrical, have a pocket, and use a spread-out cross-pass. If that
sounds like a foreign language to you, you are not alone. It sure did to
me! Come to a meeting and ask for help, but in the meanwhile, take a
look at my two favorite carries that do all three of those things, the
front wrap cross carry and double hammock back carry with a cross-pass
medical team members are in agreement that supportive, symmetrical
carries in a wrap are not contraindicated. Most of them were not
familiar with wrapping, but extended their approval as they learned
more. It is still unclear if my body will ever heal completely, but I
should “graduate” from physical therapy right after V turns nine months
old! I am so glad that I found a way to care for V in a way that allows
me to parent in the high-contact way that is important to our family
while helping my body grow stronger.
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