Braxton Hicks contractions are painless, random contractions of the lower abdomen and groin, often a tightening feeling of the uterus.
These are “warm-ups” to labor contractions and may occur during the 2nd and 3rd trimester.
On the other hand, if you experience timeable, and/or regular contractions, try to lay down and drink fluids, and call us they do not decrease or resolve with these measures.
leg cramps may occur especially at night and usually in the calves.
Flex your toes up towards your leg if this happens and massage the calf until it resolves.
Avoid pointing your toes when stretching.
Heartburn may be an effect of sluggish digestion or the expansion of the uterus.
Antacids (Tums, Mylanta, Maalox) and medications such as Zantac or Tagamet are fine to take for relief.
Constipation affects at least half of all pregnant women and is caused by an increase in progesterone, which slows the digestive process.
Your lungs are processing more air than they did before pregnancy, which may leave you breathing slightly faster and feeling short of breath.
Contact us if you experience chest pain , especially if it is localized to one side or the other.
The round ligaments support your uterus in your pelvis. As your uterus grows, the ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support it.
These changes can cause pain on one or both sides of the pelvis.
Pain may start deep within the groin and move upward and outward towards the hips. It may also present as a dull ache after an active day.
To help relieve discomfort, you may try:
As pregnancy advances, the baby gains weight and puts more pressure on your back, while hormones relax the joints between your pelvic bones.
Contact our office if the pain does not go away or is accompanied by other symptoms.
Blood return from your veins is compromised during pregnancy and fluid retention may be evident in your feet, ankles, face and hands.
Extra pressure on your bladder may cause you to urinate more often or leak urine, especially with laughing, coughing or sneezing.
Watch for signs of a bladder infection, such as burning with urination, fever, or blood in your urine, and call your health care provider if these symptoms are present.