Some pregnancy pains are common, while others are cause for concern.
Pregnancy will commonly bring with it aches and pains. While some are the result of weight gain, hormonal changes, ligaments stretching, organs moving to make room for your growing baby, and other normal happenings, others are indeed worthy of worry. Here's how to tell the difference.
• Back pain. Weight gain and your center of gravity shifting forward are common causes of lower back pain. There are several things you can do to help ease the pain including pay attention to your posture, wear comfortable shoes, do gentle stretches, sleep on your side or get a prenatal massage. However, if your back pain is severe or accompanied by bleeding or regular cramping, contact your doctor.
• Pelvic pain. When ligaments and joints of your pelvic region relax to make room for your baby, one of the results is pain. Prenatal massage and doing doctor-approved exercises including pelvic tilts, can sometimes help relieve discomfort. However, if your pelvic pain is severe or accompanied by fever, chills, lightheadedness, severe headache, swelling of face or extremities, nausea, bleeding, unusual discharge or consistent contractions, contact your doctor.
• Headache pain. Hormonal changes, stress, fatigue and other factors can give you a headache. To prevent or treat headaches, consider getting more sleep, drinking more water, eating a healthy diet, and meditating or trying other means of relaxing, Talk with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter or prescription medication. Also contact your doctor if your headache is severe; affects your vision or speech; or is accompanied by fever, stiff neck pain, swelling, nausea or elevated blood pressure.
To learn more about having a healthy pregnancy, check out the Women's Services provided at Medical Center Arlington. To register for any of our childbirth education classes, simply call us at (817) 472-4787. If you would like to find a doctor to speak with, please call us at 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.