Common pregnancy aches and pains
Growing a new person in your body takes a toll on your body. You should expect some body aches and pains along the way.
Causes of body aches during pregnancy
Surges of relaxin and progesterone hormones relax your ligaments and joints to prepare your body for labor.🤰 Your body then feels all the aching and pain😫 as these unstable ligaments slightly move.
You’re gaining weight and putting extra pressure on your joints. Your growing uterus👶 also shifts your center of gravity and stretches abdominal muscles, causing inevitable pain to your back and spine.
Relieving body aches in pregnancy
You can apply heating pads, a hot water bottle on your abdomen. However, don’t apply heat to your body for longer than ten minutes because you don’t want to heat up your baby.👶
One of the best remedies to reduce pain is to stay physically active.🚶 Pregnancy safe exercises help keep weight gain in check, strengthen muscles, support your blood circulation🩸 and reduce swelling.
Common body aches in pregnancy
Feeling a squeezing pain on both sides of your head is a sign of tension headache.🤕 It’s usually a harmless symptom due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow.
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels🩸 in the rectal area due to straining during bowel movements. The growth of the uterus puts pressure on your rectal veins, making you feel downright painful.😩
Burning sensation in your chest strikes you after you eat. During pregnancy, progesterone hormone relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing the stomach acid🍲 to travel up your throat. Your baby👶 also contributes to pushing on the stomach and adding to the burn.
Leg cramps🦵 can be rooted from vitamin deficiency, electrolyte shortage or other reasons. Changes in your body🤰 during pregnancy can cause unprecedented pains in your body.
😩Carpal tunnel syndrome
During pregnancy🤰, you experience tingling pain in your hands✋, wrists and arms. Extra fluid and swelling are the main culprits causing these symptoms.
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