Many women thrive during pregnancy – and others do not. For some women, pregnancy is a very beautiful, special time, during which they feel wonderful. Others are completely miserable, and have an abundance of aches and pains for nine long months. What causes the pains during pregnancy?
Why is there Pain?
Pains during pregnancy are caused by changes that are occurring within your body in most cases. In the later stages of pregnancy, backaches are extremely common because the weight of your belly has changed your posture significantly. During the early stages of pregnancy, breast pain is common, and this is typically due to hormonal changes, but your breasts can also hurt later in the pregnancy due to breast growth and lactation.
Common Pregnancy Pains
Aside from backaches and breast pain, there is other pain that you may experience during pregnancy as well. Headaches are not uncommon. You may experience pain in the lower abdomen, and this is not labor. Instead, it is caused by the ligaments stretching as your belly grows.
Additionally, you may experience constipation, heartburn, indigestion, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, swollen feet, and other types of pain during pregnancy. You should discuss any type of pain that you are having with your doctor on your regular visits, unless the pain is extreme or alarming, in which case you should call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will be able to offer you advice to alleviate the normal pains that tend to come along with pregnancy.
Labor pains, also known as contractions, can start long before you are actually in labor. These are called Braxton-Hicks contractions, and they are usually fairly mild, irregular, and stop fairly soon.
During real labor, you will feel pain in most cases, and as the labor progresses, the pain will intensify. There are many things that you can do to reduce or alleviate this pain. You can use breathing exercises, which are learned in child birth classes, use focus methods to take your mind off of the pain, or ask your doctor for medication to help reduce the pain.