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Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy is truly one of life’s biggest gifts, and will bring many amazing and awe-inspiring changes to your body. Yet with all that excitement, bliss, and wonder usually come other, less welcome changes. An achy back, swollen feet, and fatigue are just a few of the things brought on by pregnancy that are not so joyful. The team at Advance Health and Wellness has treatments and therapies available that may be able to relieve your negative symptoms, allowing you to get back to happily planning for Baby’s arrival.

Few things in life can be more exciting than discovering you will be welcoming a new life into the world. Once you find that you are pregnant, many fun filled days of shopping and dreaming about holding your new baby lay ahead.  Pregnancy pains, however, begin long before contractions and labor, and can keep you from feeling anything but miserable.

One primary cause of discomfort from pregnancy is weight gain. Obviously, gaining a healthy amount of weight is necessary to nurture the tiny, developing human inside you. Even though this change to your body is vital to baby’s growth, it can cause sciatica or other lower back problems, pressure on your joints resulting in premature arthritis, and other strain to your neck, back, hips, and legs.

Another common pain during pregnancy is round ligament pain, a jabbing feeling or sharp pain in the lower part of the stomach or groin. One of the thick ligaments that support your womb as it grows during pregnancy is called the round ligament. This ligament connects the front of the womb to the area where your pelvis attaches to your legs, or your groin. Typically, the round ligament tightens and relaxes slowly, but as your baby and womb expand, the round ligament is stretched, making strain more likely. Sudden movements can also cause the ligament to tighten quickly, much like a rubber band will snap. This results in the sharp, jabbing feeling. While it can be very painful, this pain is one of the most common to experience and is not cause for concern. It most often begins in the second trimester.

Increased blood pressure and swelling in the hands and feet are other conditions typical to pregnancy. When you are pregnant, the amount of blood in your body doubles. This makes sense, considering there is another body inside of your own. Consequently, increasing pressure on the blood vessels in the lower part of your body can cause fluid retention, resulting in swollen hands and feet, or “edema”. This swelling is normal, though in some cases it can signal preeclampsia, which is a more serious condition. For this reason, it is best to talk to someone about excessive and prolonged swelling, especially if it is accompanied by painful urination.

In addition to the conditions and pain above, pregnancy pains can include: headaches, hemorrhoids, constipation, dizziness, nausea, varicose veins, heartburn, indigestion, and leg cramps, among others. While there are myriad forms of at home and over the counter treatments for the majority of pregnancy symptoms, they often only provide relief for brief periods of time. If you would like to know other ways to possibly provide longer-term relief, or even make some of your symptoms disappear entirely, set up a consultation with Advance Health and Wellness today. After all, you have far too many things to look forward to!