Pregnancy, is undoubtedly an unforgettable time of life that creates memory, and makes everything special. However, pregnant women have always companied about several pains during this special time. They experience discomfort since their first trimester to the last day of labor, and sometimes afterwards. While pains happening after giving birth can be treated using painkillers or other over the counter products, but when the baby is inside womb, one cannot gulp anything to relieve pain.
What is pregnancy pain?
There is not one particular reason for pregnant women to experience pain. In fact, with every trimester the nature and place to experience pain changes. While breast pain, uterus pain and pain like menstrual cramps due to stretching of uterus happen in the first trimester; in the second trimester pain with urination, chemical and hormonal changes causing joint and tissue pain, and pain in the back for carrying the extra weight of the baby are common. In the third trimester, pain is caused in the vagina due to bleeding, and often uterus pain lead to high fever, body aches and joint pain.
Pains, body and muscle aches, and pain usually increase as the uterus expands and the body starts to respond to the changes, and stretches. Sneezing, coughing, and changing positions during pregnancy are often more difficult due to the pains during pregnancy. No matter what may be the reason, one should not consider taking pain medicine in pregnancy without asking the doctor. Also, if you have migraines, arthritis or other health conditions that needs regular consumption of pain killers, consult with the doctor first. Changes in medication for and during the pregnancy period are common for people suffering from chronic ailments.
How to get rid of pregnancy pain?
- As we said, the first trimester usually comes with severe cramps, headaches, and muscle and tissue pains. Relaxation exercise, brisk walking, placing a hot water bag on the place of pain, soaking feet in lukewarmwater and taking warm bathoften help to get rid of the pain.
- Hydrating well, drinking as much fluid as one can, and sip into coconut water, juices, and smoothies help in keeping the body calm and relaxed, hence not triggering a headache. One cannot take pain medicine during pregnancy as others could, hence Acetaminophen, and Paracetamol are safe to consume if pain worsens.
- As the baby grows inside, a pregnant woman’s body tissue and muscles starts to stretch and loosen. Tissues connected with the lower abdomen and pelvis therefore starts to feel a sharp pain that often feels like cramping. One shouldadopt a few sitting and sleeping postures that relaxes the muscles. Walking, and pregnancy yoga is always a good option to keep the pain at bay. Often those with sedentary lifestyle are the ones who feel the muscle and tissue pain the most. Exercise and movement allows blood and oxygen circulation inside the tissues and muscles, hence lowering the pain.
- By the time it’s the third trimester, sore feet and backache has taken its place. Place a couple of pillows under your legs and lower back if pain persists. Stopping wearing the high heels, getting a massage on the affected areas, and being hydrated are some of the options to stay pain free and comfortable throughout the pregnancy.