Pregnancy Aches & Pains, What’s Normal and When to Visit Your Doctor

by | November 2, 2018

If you find yourself constantly battling with pregnancy aches and pains, this article is for you.

Read on to know when you should be taking such pregnancy aches and pains seriously and visit the doctor as soon as possible.

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It is normal to experience certain aches and pains during pregnancy

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Growing a new life within you is an incredible experience. However, it sure won’t be a cakewalk. Expect some aches and pains you’ll encounter while on this 9 months long beautiful journey. But let me assist you a bit, in whatever capacity I can. Here’s some information on pregnancy aches and pains that could be more than useful to you.

Haemorrhoids

No need to be embarrassed. Haemorrhoids are a common occurrence during pregnancy. It is characterized by swelling in the blood vessels of rectal area that can make passing stool a painful experience. Warm water soaks and fiber rich diet does help alleviate the symptoms. But if you experience bleeding with stools, it is wise to consult a doctor.

Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps, especially in legs, are common from second trimester onward. It can be attributed to weight gain, increased pressure on uterus from baby growing inside and lack of vital minerals in diet.

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Indigestion and heartburn

You body undergoes a lot of physical and chemical changes from inside. The hormonal surge during pregnancy can disrupt your digestive system and you might find yourself dealing with acid indigestion. Also known as acid reflux, this acid indigestion causes a burning sensation in the chest area which gives it the popular name- heartburn.

Constant Headaches

Pregnancy can be stressful for some women, especially during first trimester, who might find dealing with everything a bit overwhelming. This can induce a constant dull ache on both the sides of head and is termed as tension headache. While tension headaches are common and harmless, if you are in your third trimester, I highly recommend visiting a doctor just to be safe. Also get your blood pressure monitored regularly.

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Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Water retention, extra fluid and swelling during pregnancy can cause a tingling sensation and numbness in hands and feet. This numbness and tingling sensation can be carpel tunnel syndrome. If this feeling of discomfort comes and goes, it is normal. But in case you find yourself constantly dealing with weakness and clumsy hand movements, you need to consult a doctor.

Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain is characterized by two types, viz. constant dull ache or a brief but sharp stabbing pain in your groin or belly. In most cases, round ligament pain is harmless and you may find relief just by taking adequate rest. But if the pain gets worse or doesn’t go even after taking proper rest, you need to consult a registered medical practitioner.

Bottom Line: Certain aches and pains are common during pregnancy as your body is changing from inside to accommodate anew life. The growing belly may put a lot of pressure on your lower back too. But I highly recommend avoiding self diagnosis during pregnancy, as you aren’t just responsible for yourself but for the unborn child too. Whenever you seem to be in doubt about aches and pains, there’s no harm in consulting your doctor. Be safe, be wonderful you!

What kinds of pregnancy aches and pains did you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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