Common Aches and Pains during Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your body goes through many changes. Some of them are not comfortable. But most of them are normal. You do not need medicine or treatment. It’s also nice to know that not all women have ALL of the problems we talk about here.

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Pregnancy symptoms are different for everyone, and can vary from month to month and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Find out what to expect, from the earliest pregnancy symptoms to the wooziness of morning sickness to the aches and pains of your third trimester. We'll help you understand what's normal and what's not, and when you really should call your doctor.

In general, if you eat healthy food and stay active you will be more comfortable during these nine months.

Flatulence (Gas)

What causes it? You can have gas at any time while you are pregnant. It happens because your digestive system slows down when you are pregnant. This gives gas more time to form. It is also caused by the pressure of your uterus on your stomach and intestines.

What can I do about it?

• Notice which foods you ate just before you felt the gas pains. Try to eat only small amounts of foods that give you gas. Many kinds of food can cause gas. They are different for everyone.
• Try not to be constipated. Follow the advice in the section on constipation.
• Stay active.

What if it does not help?

• Gas may annoy you. In most cases, it is not a serious problem.
• If you have a lot of pain from gas, talk to your doctor.


Wetness in your vagina

What causes it?

When you are pregnant, it is normal to have thinner, milky fluid coming out of your vagina. Sometimes there can be a lot of this wetness. As long as the fluid is thin and milky, it is normal and you do not need to worry. If the wetness makes you itchy, smells bad or feels like it is burning, you may have an infection. If this happens, contact your doctor.

What can I do about it?

• Keep the area clean and dry.
• If the wetness is heavy, try wearing a panty liner.
• Do not douche.

Breast Changes

What causes breasts to change?

Most breasts start to change early in pregnancy and continue to change until the baby’s birth. Your breasts may get larger. You may be able to see the veins in your breasts, and you may notice a tingle in your nipples. The darker skin around your nipples (the areolas) may get larger and darker, and the little bumps on them stand up more. Later in your pregnancy you may notice a sticky, yellow fluid leaking from your breasts. This is colostrum, the fluid your body makes before it starts to make breast milk. All of these changes are your body’s way to get ready to produce milk for breastfeeding.

What can I do about it?

Breast changes are a normal part of pregnancy. If your breasts are tender or uncomfortable, wearing a support bra can help. A good bra is also important when you are doing exercise or being active. Some women also wear a bra at night because it feels comfortable.

Hemorrhoids (Piles) Swelling During Pregnancy (Edema) Varicose Veins Headache During Pregnancy Insomnia (Trouble Sleeping) Frequent Urination (needing to pee often) Heartburn Feeling tired (fatigue) Morning Sickness (throwing up) Backache Groin Pain Cramps in your legs and feet Shortness of Breath Constipation

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