Aches & Pains
Pregnancy Aches and Pains
You will be visited with various kinds of discomforts during pregnancy — some fleeting, some more permanent. Some may occur in the early weeks, while others emerge closer to the time of delivery. Others may appear early and then go away, only to return later.Every woman’s pregnancy is unique, so you may not experience all of the changes described in this article. As always, if you notice any changes that concern you, mention them to your health care provider. The pains listed below are considered a normal part of pregnancy.Here’s information on how to get relief from your pregnancy aches and pains as well as advice about when it’s time to ask your healthcare provider for help. Call our office to schedule a consultation today.
Common Pregnancy Pains
- Headaches: Feeling a squeezing pain or a steady dull ache on both sides of your head could signal a tension headache. This usually harmless pregnancy symptom is especially common during the first trimester. (If you’re in your second or third trimester and have a severe headache that won’t go away, call your healthcare provider just to be safe.)
- Hemroids: Hemorrhoids are unusually swollen blood vessels in the rectal area. They can be merely itchy or downright painful and can sometimes cause rectal bleeding, especially during a bowel movement. Some women get hemorrhoids for the first time while they’re pregnant, but if you’ve had them before you got pregnant, you’re very likely to have them again now.
- Heartburn: If you feel a burning sensation in your chest after you eat, it’s probably heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux). Heartburn is caused by the hormonal and physical changes that happen in your body during pregnancy.
- Leg Cramps: No one’s really sure why leg cramps are common during the second and third trimesters, but they could be from your additional pregnancy weight and pressure from your growing uterus.
- Lower Back Pain: As your body adjusts to your expanding belly and the hormonal changes of pregnancy, you may feel pain in your lower back, pelvis, and buttocks.