Common Aches and Pains during Pregnancy and How to Deal With Them

Following are some of the most common types of pains and aches that one can expect to deal with during pregnancy:back-pain-pregnancy

1. Headaches

Are you feeling a dull and squeezing ache throughout your head? You might be going through a tension headache. It is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and can continue throughout the first few starting months. Rest, stay hydrated, use Panadol and Panadeine in small doses after 14 weeks. Never use anti-inflammatory medication like Neurofen (NSAIDs).

2. Heartburn

Acid reflux, acid indigestion, otherwise commonly known as heartburn, is a burning sensation that one feels in the chest after having food. It is mostly caused by physical or hormonal changes and is very common during pregnancy. Use mylanta, gaviscon or zantac. Eat smaller more frequent meals. Avoiding bending over and tight clothing. Work out which foods are related to the symptom if possible.

3. Leg cramps

Almost all pregnant women go through leg cramps because of the excessive weight of the body being put on their feet and subtle changes in electrolyte concentration in the blood. They are treated with stretching, heat and massage. Commercially available preparations are often cited as useful, but there is no evidence for their efficacy.

4. Haemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can occur in the rectal area. They are extremely swollen varicose veins, which can be very painful or itchy and can also cause rectal bleeding. If you have a history of these prior to pregnancy they will certainly worsen during pregnancy.

5. Round ligament pain / Pelvic Heaviness

Groin or lower abdomen is the area where round ligament pain occurs during pregnancy. It could be short-lived or longer-lasting and is most commonly seen in the fourth month of pregnancy. Pelvic heaviness is often attributed to the increasing blood supply to your pelvis and the rapidly enlarging uterus around the baby. The amount of work the large round ligaments have to do causes a lower abdominal discomfort – often intermittent in nature and worsened by activity. Use rest and heat. This horrible sensation of fullness / heaviness worsens with each subsequent pregnancy. A commonly heard concern from a pregnant Mum is, “I feel like it’s going to fall out”. Rest assured, that awful heaviness and pressure is a normal sign in an otherwise healthy pregnancy.

6. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Most women go through an awkward numbness and tickling in their hands during pregnancy. The condition is named as Carpal tunnel syndrome and is mostly caused by swelling and extra fluid produced during pregnancy. Usually worse at night, if symptoms are severe our pregnancy physiotherapist can organize some nocturnal wrist splints for you.

7. Lower back pain

As your body tries to adjust to the size of your belly, it will be common for you for feel fatigue and pain in your buttocks, pelvis, and back.

So how do you deal with all of these issues? Read on to find out!

Go hiking / walking

Do not climb up a peak but take out time to go on casual strolls. Light exercise should be maintained during pregnancy to keep you energized and to deal with the common pains that are caused during pregnancy.

Have a proper diet

When you are expecting, you need to have an ample supply of nutrition for your baby and yourself. You need to have a proper diet that makes sure you get the right amount of protein, carbs and other important nutrients. Also, keep a check on how much weight you are gaining.

Raise your heels up high

Just lay back and kick your heels above. Not only will it make you feel amazing but will also help you decrease the risk of swelling and clotting while improving blood flow.

Immerse yourself in water

Be it a swimming pool or a hot water bathtub, immersing yourself in water is always enjoyable and relaxing. It will help you to relax your mind and ease the pressure and load that your body is receiving.

Get the heat

Are you having a back or leg pain? Try using a heating pad on those areas to calm the soreness. Hot water rubber bottles work the best.

Receive a massage

You can receive a light massage when you are expecting to ease the pressure that you are feeling. A foot massage is the preferred massage type among pregnant women.

Use alternative methods

You can also try alternatives methods to provide relief for yourself and for the routine pains during pregnancy by meditating on a daily basis or trying reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, or yoga.

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