During pregnancy, there are several common health problems, aches and pains you may experience during this time. There are many things you can do to relieve the aches, including some alternative therapies that have helped numerous women feel better.
During pregnancy, some women experience cramps and/or sharp pains in the abdominal muscles. For pain relief, taking a warm bath or shower can do wonders. For long-term help, completing regular exercises can help to strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles. You don’t have to workout strenuously to get some comfort.
If possible, it is best to avoid taking pain relief medication for back pains. One of the best ways to relieve this pain is to use a heat pack directly on the sore area of your back. You may also find there are specific exercises that are beneficial in strengthening the back muscles. It’s also important to keep any weight gain under control with appropriate exercise and a healthy, nutritious diet.
It’s also ideal to take a look at the shoes you are wearing. Avoid high heels and ensure you are using shoe inserts designed for pregnant women. They can help make sure you are getting the right support when walking and exercising.
Another thing to remember is that standing for long periods is also going to put a strain on your back muscles. Work on your posture and when necessary, take breaks from standing.
Getting out of breath during pregnancy can be completely normal. If you can, work on keeping at a healthy weight range with appropriate diet and exercise. Maintaining your posture, both when standing and sitting, can also help.
If you are getting breathlessness symptoms during the night when sleeping, aim to sleep on your side instead of your back. Your left side is also slightly better to sleep on than the right side.
It can be normal to get some mild uterine contractions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Changing positions can often help. However, if your contractions are happening at regular intervals are causing pain and discomfort, it’s always best to speak to your doctor.
Feeling Dizzy and/or Faint
It can be quite common to feel dizzy, faint or light-headed during pregnancy. When you stand up too quickly and feel dizzy, this is referred to as postural hypotension. If you’re feeling dizzy after standing up, try and get up slowly after sitting or lying down. If you still feel dizzy after standing, sit back down and wait for the dizziness to ease before trying to stand again.
It’s also important to stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can also cause dizziness in many people. Water is the best drink of choice, but you can also mix things up with some teas and flavoured water.
Cramps can be very uncomfortable and make your muscles ache long after the cramp has dissipated. During the day, be sure to wear supportive tights and when you are resting, elevate your feet. For the aches and pains after a cramp, a heat pad and gentle massage can help immensely.
During the cramp, try to straighten your leg and gently massage the back of your leg. If possible, soaking your leg muscles in comfortably hot water can also help.
Like with any issues during your pregnancy, if you have uncomfortable, painful or lingering symptoms, it’s always best to have a chat with your doctor. They will be able to assess your concerns and organise further testing should you require it.