Pregnancy can come with unwanted aches and pains as your body expands and changes.
Pregnancy aches like lower back pain, headaches, and leg cramps are common, but not unavoidable. Here are some secrets for dealing with the aches and pains of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Aches and Pains
Headaches can become worse during pregnancy if you already experience them. Try natural remedies such as an ice pack on the back of your head with feet in warm water, or relaxation/biofeedback techniques. Be sure to consult your midwife or OB to make sure any natural remedies, like herbal teas, are safe for baby. If medication is absolutely needed, your doctor can help you decide what is safe.
Acetaminophen is safe to take as directed on the label, but most other headache medications – such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as most prescription migraine drugs – aren’t recommended for pregnant women.~BabyCenter
Another pain that often accompanies pregnancy is heartburn. You have a new human pressing on your organs. Here are some natural ways to deal:
Stomach cramps and leg cramps may become a problem. American Pregnancy suggests:
- Try to sit, lie down or change positions.
- Soak in a warm bath.
- Try doing relaxation exercises.
- Place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the ache.
- Make sure you get plenty of fluids.
Additionally, consider taking a magnesium supplement (or magnesium + calcium supplement) – limited research shows them to be effective at relieving leg cramps. Always check with your doctor first before taking any supplements.
4. Back Pain
As your belly grows, your lower back will feel more strain. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to cut down on the pain. Wearing really comfortable and supportive shoes can help. Belly bands can also bring relief. Prenatal yoga, acupuncture, and/or chiropractor treatment are some alternative therapies. Check out 10 Remedies for Pregnancy Back Pain, Parents.com for more.
Swelling can make your body feel huge and exhausted. Healthy Mother has some tips to help:
Any time you get aches and pains during pregnancy, always be sure to consult with your doctor first before taking any medications or supplements.