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Pain During Pregnancy

Carrying your baby inside of you for nine months naturally causes your body to go through many changes. The enlarging uterus shoves the other organs away to make space for itself and your growing bundle of joy. The muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus are also under a lot of pressure as your baby continues to get bigger and heavier every week. As a result, you experience considerable pain in your back, abdomen, pelvis, tailbone and round ligament. In addition to all these, the pregnancy hormone relaxin loosens the joints and ligaments to prepare your body for childbirth; only, its effects are not restricted in the pelvic and abdominal areas. So, the muscles and joints in your whole body relaxes, leading to pain in your knees, hips and any other major joint. However, these aches and pains usually go away once you deliver your baby; and until then they can be managed by certain lifestyle changes and home treatments.

temp Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Pain Relief Options During Labor

  Doctors and nurses often ask their patients to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being little pain and 10 being the worst pain ever – like labor pain. While this may not be reassuring to an expectant mom, …

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Sharp Abdominal Pain Pregnancy can bring its own unique sets of aches and pains. From back pains as your baby grows to abdominal gas pains, it’s tough to know what pains are part of pregnancy and what you should worry more about. This is true …

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Migraines During Pregnancy If you had migraine headaches before becoming pregnant, you might experience more of these sometimes disabling headaches during pregnancy.  On the other hand, you might experience fewer. The hormonal changes that go along with pregnancy can trigger more migraines or calm them, …

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IBS Symptoms During Pregnancy: What Can You Expect? As if your body isn’t changing enough, some women have to deal with another problem during pregnancy – IBS symptoms. IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, is characterized by bowels that are exquisitely sensitive. Although not …

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Signs of Contractions: How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Deliver? Contractions – they’re uncomfortable, in fact, downright painful. On the other hand, if they are true contractions, they’re a sign that your baby is on the way – and that’s a good thing! …

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Why You Need a Pregnant Pillow What’s a pregnant pillow and what can it do for you? If you’re lying awake, tossing and turning and sleep just won’t come, you’re not alone. Over three-quarters of all women have problems sleeping at some point during the …

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temp Five Powerful Stretches to Combat Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy

    Five Powerful Stretches to Combat Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy Along with round ligament pain, sciatic nerve pain is one of the most common causes of discomfort during mid to late pregnancy. Your sciatic nerve goes from the sides of your lower spine down …

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7 Reasons for Cramping in Early Pregnancy If you’re in the early stages of pregnancy and have been experiencing some cramping, you may be worried about what’s causing your pain. Thankfully, there are many benign causes of cramping in early pregnancy–some of which are quite …

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8 Effective Ways to Combat Leg Cramps During Pregnancy Leg cramps often strike during pregnancy, especially when you’re lying down. Next to back aches and pelvic discomfort, this is probably the most common type of chronic pain experienced in mid to late pregnancy. While researchers …

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  Six Key Differences Between Braxton Hicks and Labor After the midpoint of your pregnancy, you may become aware of muscular tightening in your womb. Your baby bump will feel hard to the touch during these moments, which last around 30 seconds. These are called …

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Five Powerful Solutions to Backache During Pregnancy Backache can appear during early pregnancy, when a hormone called relaxin begins to loosen your ligaments. However, most women find that the pain reaches its most acute in the last few months before birth, when the weight of …

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9 Causes of Abdominal Cramping During Pregnancy (And When to Worry) There are many different causes of abdominal cramping during pregnancy, and the majority are benign in nature. However, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with some of the more serious causes as well, so you …

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Six Ways to Treat Round Ligament Pain   Round ligament pain is a perfectly normal problem to encounter in the second trimester of pregnancy. However, it can significantly impact on quality of life. Here are the key facts you need to know about identifying round …

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What You Should Know about Sciatica During Pregnancy   No doubt about it – pregnancy changes your body and brings with it fresh challenges. As the baby growing inside you expands, it’s not uncommon to feel an ache in your back. As your abdomen expands, …

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Can You Still Have Your Period and Be Pregnant?   Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes to your body. One reason you take a pregnancy test in the first place is because you missed a period. Yet, sometimes women who are pregnant experience bleeding …

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Chest Pain during Pregnancy

Experiencing chest pain with or without a little shortness of breath is reasonably common during pregnancy, along with all the other aches and pains occurring in this period [1]. However, it is necessary to let your doctor know about the problem as it might indicate serious …

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Leg Cramps during Pregnancy

Leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions affecting the calves, feet and sometimes the upper leg. The painful sensation is quite normal during pregnancy, often occurring at night [1]. Although most common during the third trimester [2], you may experience occasional cramps early in the first …

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Abdominal Pain or Cramps during Pregnancy

Is it normal to have abdominal pain or cramps during pregnancy? Having occasional mild to moderate abdominal pain is normal throughout pregnancy [1]. The pain is often more severe in women carrying twins than in single pregnancies. Severe pain with or without certain other symptoms …

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Back Pain during Pregnancy

Is upper and lower back pain normal in pregnancy? Back pain is quite common in pregnancy with most women experiencing mild to moderate pain in the lower [1] or upper [2] back area in pregnancy. Usually, it just signifies that your baby is growing inside …

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What is Round Ligament Pain? Ligaments supporting the uterus and connecting it to the groin region are collectively known as the round ligaments. Women often experience a sharp pain (round ligament pain) in this region during pregnancy due to the normal changes the body goes …

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What is Sciatica? Sciatica is the common name given to a set of symptoms caused by compression and irritation of the sciatic nerves. Excess pressure on any of the five lumbar nerve roots may also lead to the symptoms as they are the origins of …

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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, also known as SPD, is a common painful condition associated with pregnancy in which the ligaments responsible for the proper alignment of your pelvic bone become relaxed and stretchy. As a result, the symphysis pubis or the pelvic joint becomes unstable, causing moderate …

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Pelvic pain, also referred to as PPGP (pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain), is a normal symptom associated with pregnancy. It can result from a wide range of factors from the changing hormone levels to the relaxing muscles and ligaments for the growth of the uterus. In …

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temp Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy – Causes and Treatment

Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain, Coccydynia) Location and Symptoms Tailbone pain is a sharp or dull pain on the end of the spine — in the lower back between the upper buttocks (Picture 1). The pain can be severe; some women describe it as a “bruised …

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