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What can I do about very sore knees 4.5 months post partum?

I’m a 40 year old woman and this is my first child. My pregnancy was straight forward and I gained perhaps 12 kilos. I lost all that weight by about 6 weeks post partum so I don’t think the pain is weight related. It’s most painful to get up from kneeling and to walk down stairs. I understand the hormone relaxin may have loosened the joints but it seems not to be improving and 4.5 months does seem a long time. I’m not breast feeding any longer.
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I took glucosamine and chondroitin. I don't know if it made my knees less sore or if they just healed on their own. Carrying a baby around does add stress to the knees, since your weight and the baby's are on the knees. The other thing is, the more padded your shoes are, the more stress gets transferred up the leg to the knee instead of the foot. If you have recently purchased some cushy shoes so your feet feel good, try your older ones to see if your knees feel better.
Thank you! I’ll try that. Interestingly I did buy some really cushioned shoes which I’ve been wearing a lot in the last few months so that might have had an impact.
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