7 Common Pregnancy Aches And Pains

7 Common Pregnancy Aches And Pains

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Headaches

Feeling a squeezing pain or a steady dull ache on both sides of your head could signal a tension headache. This usually harmless pregnancy symptom is especially common during the first trimester. (If you’re in your second or third trimester and have a severe headache that won’t go away, call your healthcare provider just to be safe.)

 

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are unusually swollen blood vessels in the rectal area. They can be merely itchy or downright painful and can sometimes cause rectal bleeding, especially during a bowel movement. Some women get hemorrhoids for the first time while they’re pregnant, but if you’ve had them before you got pregnant, you’re very likely to have them again now.

 

Heartburn

If you feel a burning sensation in your chest after you eat, it’s probably heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux). Heartburn is caused by the hormonal and physical changes that happen in your body during pregnancy.

 

Leg cramps

No one’s really sure why leg cramps are common during the second and third trimesters, but they could be from your additional pregnancy weight and pressure from your growing uterus.

 

Lower back pain

As your body adjusts to your expanding belly and the hormonal changes of pregnancy, you may feel pain in your lower back, pelvis, and buttocks.

 

Round ligament pain

Round ligament pain is a brief, sharp, stabbing pain or a longer-lasting dull ache that you may feel in your lower belly or groin, starting in the second trimester. It’s generally harmless and goes away after resting or changing position. Call your provider if you have abdominal pain that doesn’t go away or gets worse.

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you feel tingling or numbness in your hands during pregnancy, it could be carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is normally associated with repetitive hand movements, but extra fluid and swelling during pregnancy can also cause these symptoms.

 

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