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 . However, it is necessary to let your doctor know about the problem as it might indicate serious conditions or pregnancy complications.
Chest pain is not counted among the common early symptoms as it can occur anytime during pregnancy due to various causes. However, in some women it can come with the other symptoms like nausea and stomach pain.
Apart from the rising hormone level, which is often to blame for most pregnancy complaints, certain other factors may also lead to the symptom:
Serious causes for chest pain in pregnant women may include deep vein thrombosis, coronary heart diseases, heart attack and an ectopic pregnancy . Recent studies show that the symptoms of congenital cardiac disorders such as heart murmur are becoming more common among pregnant women . According to experts, the recent advancements in the medical field might be a key factor behind this as it is allowing more women with congenital heart abnormalities to survive and reach childbearing age. Another responsible factor may be that nowadays, most women do not plan on conceiving before reaching late twenties and being over 28-30 years of age heightens the risks of many cardiac complications.
Severe chest ache may indicate any of the following conditions :
Consult your health care provider regarding the severity and possible treatment options for the pain. Managing the pain with useful lifestyle changes and natural remedies is advisable as most medicines are not recommended for pregnant women.
These tips can help keep the pain under control unless you have an underlying condition:
Indigestion and heartburn are the most common causes of pain and discomfort in the chest. The following home treatments can help ease the pain by fighting these problems:
Chest pain resulting from serious diseases and complications often call for medical treatment . Your doctor can diagnose the problem and prescribe medications for a healthy pregnancy. Apart from the serious causes mentioned above, pleuritic chest pain, severe breathing difficulty or asthma , digestive disorders and cardiovascular diseases may also require medication.
The ICD-9 code for this symptom is 786.5  while its ICD-10 code is R07 .