At the pregnancy period, the body goes through numerous of changes for the healthy development of the baby and making the body prepare for the delivery.
During this period, many pregnancy complications arise, you experience many aches and pains, many of which are normal, and you do not have to worry about it. However, you may wonder which pain is normal and which may be a cause of concern?
Below are few such common pains which you will experience during pregnancy:
- Cramping: – Because the uterus stretches, so it's very normal to experience cramping. Other causes could be the gas and constipation. If cramping becomes worst than menstrual cramping and is accompany by bleeding, lower back pain, it's a situation where you must contact your doctor quickly.
- Headaches: – Headaches are also very common during pregnancy. But if it is severe and you notice a vision change or light sensitivity than you must see a doctor as it's a type of pregnancy complications. Strong painkillers should be avoided at this point of time as it may affect the growth of the baby also.
- Back Pain: – lower back pain is normal as the body shifts its center of gravity, causing strain to the lower back muscles. Hormonal changes in body and weakened abdominal muscles due to the weight of the baby can also add to lower back pain. Talk to the doctor if the pain persists for more than two weeks also, if it is severe.
- Sciatic Nerve Pain: – It is characterized by numbness, tingling or pain extending from the lower back down the leg. As the uterus grows, the sciatic nerve may have pressure put on it. You should alert the doctor if you are not able to walk or also it the pain is for a longer time period.
- Leg cramps: – Leg cramping is fairly common, especially during the second and the third trimester, at the night. Such cramping id due to carrying additional pregnancy weight, pressure from baby on blood vessels and nerves that connect to your legs, and occurrence of the changes in blood circulation. Make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. If the legs are red and swollen, contact your physician.
- Round ligament pain: – It occurs as the uterus grows, causing the round ligament to stretch and this lead to sharp pain in the lower abdomen, hip or groin area and usually triggered by certain movements like turning in bed or standing up. It happens for a short while and is not of much concern.
- Braxton-Hicks Contractions: – Also commonly known as false pain. It prepares your body for actual pain. It feels like tightening sensation in the uterus, lower abdomen or groin area. It may vary in intensity and length. If it's more than six hours, you should contact your doctor.
Contact your doctor if you face any other types of pain as it can create the pregnancy complications. Taking immediate attention is helpful for baby and mother also.