The Aches and Pains of Pregnancy

At Fayetteville Woman’s Care, we get the joy of walking through pregnancy with several of our patients. Pregnancy is a journey that is both rewarding and fascinating at the same time. From beginning to end, the ways in which a woman’s body changes and morphs in order to care for the baby in the womb is incredible. Providing OBGYN care to our patients in our Fayetteville and Lumberton, North Carolina offices is a pleasure for our staff.

Very often our pregnant patients will come into our office or call us concerned about a host of physical ailments that seem to just pop up out of nowhere. For the most part, we can assure them as their OBGYN that their concerns are normal and almost to be expected. If you are a pregnant woman, you may have some of the same concerns. Here are some common aches and pains that happen in pregnancy.

Perhaps the first ailment to show up early on is the dreaded morning sickness. Many pregnant women experience morning sickness at any time of day within the first fourteen weeks of their pregnancy. You can possibly help alleviate morning sickness by eating healthier foods and making sure that you are getting plenty of rest.

As pregnancy progresses into the third trimester, backaches are another common complaint, and for good reason! You don’t need your OBGYN to tell you that the extra weight you are carrying in the front of your body puts more strain on your back. However, as your OBGYN, we can tell you that you should refrain from lifting heavy objects, or standing for long periods of time, in order to minimize the back pain. You might also find it helpful to sleep on your side.

Many pregnant women are surprised to find themselves dealing with heartburn and indigestion more than ever before in their lives. While heartburn and indigestion may be caused by the increasing size of the womb, they may also be caused by hormonal changes. Limiting the number of greasy foods you consume and the size of the meals you eat at one time may relieve heartburn and indigestion, but if not, your OBGYN can suggest medications to help.

These aches and pains are the most common, but others include swollen ankles, varicose veins, stretch marks, bloating, leg cramps, and more. If you are a pregnant woman, and you are experiencing any of these aches and pains, please do not hesitate to call your OBGYN at Fayetteville Woman’s Care in Fayetteville or Lumberton, North Carolina.

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