Labour, baby wearing and hips

July 24, 2013

It’s been a while…..

Since I last posted things have been busier, more sleep deprived and a lot of fun. Over 16 months ago now (and yes time flies at a rate of knots you never thought possible) our beautiful little girl arrived in the world.

Now I could bang on about the experience of babies; the good, the bad and the smelly but this is a hip dysplasia blog so I will resist.

After worrying my wotsits off about giving birth (as I’m sure any expectant mother does) it all went much better than I could have hoped. Little E arrived naturally, albeit nearly 2 weeks over her due date and sadly not in a pool as hoped – there wasn’t enough time to fill the pool by the time I got to hospital. There were no complications, no hip related issues and she was a healthy well baked weight of 9lb 9oz!

Throughout my pregnancy I was still having physio for my hip related muscle weaknesses and tendon issues many of these exercises were about strengthening my core so that my hips have the support they needed as baby grew and increased in weight. I believe these exercises helped me no end during my pregnancy and during labour. The most simple was pulling in my bump and holding it for an increasing amount of time, then repeating. So whether post PAO or not I would recommend this, oh and the obvious pelvic floor pull ups!

Since having little E life has changed in many ways, and my hips, well they seem to be holding up. I ‘wear’ or carry E most of the time when we’re out and about; I love having her close. More importantly she is happy to be close (she is also happy in a buggy). She was born a good weight and now is over a stone and a half, but I can still carry her; on my front for short periods of time and on my back for a couple of hours and without major hip issues. I do have a left hip twinge every now and again, but that’s my own fault for not doing enough exercises to keep my butt muscles up to strength.

So how about little E? First born girls are allegedly more likely to have hip dysplasia, but E has escaped. When she was born she had the clicky hip test where they wiggle the hip in the joint and feel for clicks and any unnatural movement and was given the all clear, after 6 weeks she then had an ultrasound for a more detailed analysis and again she was given the all clear, so it would seem that her hips are happy and healthy – HOORAY!

Incidentally according to some research baby wearing can help happy hips  see the link for more information and make your own judgement, one thing I will say is that I couldn’t carry E in a dangly leg carrier past around 5 months – she was just too heavy and the weight distribution is no where near as comfortable for me as when she’s in a wrap.

So there you have it, a year and bit after E arrived in the world I’ve managed to update my blog, if you have any comments or questions they will be gratefully received.


I almost forgot, a few years on from right PAO and I’m now back to kick boxing a couple of times a week – it all feels fine apart from my hip flexors (both sides) which tighten up a fair bit, I figure they’re picking up the slack from my lazy ass butt muscles so I need to work on those some more. It’s blooming good fun though :0)