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Pregnancy: aches & pains

Pregnancy is so different for every woman – I have had three pregnancies and I had worked with hundreds of pregnant women and I have seen women blossom and I have seen women struggle.

Our bodies grow, adapt and change throughout pregnancy so it is inevitable that there will be tiredness and a few aches. Pregnancy may not be a time of illness for many of us but it is a time of listening to our bodies, of taking it easy when it demands us to rest and when it hurts.

Your back and your hips can ache as your body changes shape, your legs can become restless, your may develop carpal tunnel in your wrists and hands, your pubic bone can ache and hurt and you may experience headaches. This can start in your second trimester or you could be close to the end of your pregnancy – you still need to listen to your body.

  • Rest is good and use as many pillows as it takes to be comfortable – under your bump, between your knees, against your back – so you can doze and sleep.
  • Gentle exercise works wonders – listen to you body and don’t anything intense but walking and swimming could help you feel better physically and emotionally.
  • Look at how you are sitting – if you are experiencing aches in your back, your hips or your pubic bone, make sure you are sitting in a more supported way. Sit upright, rather than slouching, make sure your weight is even to ease pressure on your body – don’t lean to one side, on one hip; don’t cross your legs; try sitting on a birth/gym ball so you can rock and move.
  • Talk to your midwife about any aches and pains, especially if you are concerned about anything – she can reassure you and she may refer you to a physio.
  • Make sure you are you eating well and drinking plenty of water – this can help you feel better and it can ease headaches.
  • Learn how to use your breathing to relax your body so you can release any tension – it can really help with aches and pains, it can help you manage any stress and it can help with any headaches.

The aches and pains of pregnancy can be about the extra weight you need to carry with your baby and amniotic fluid but it is also about the hormones your pregnant body needs to produce – oestrogen and relaxin loosen your joints and ligaments so your body can expand for your growing baby and this can also create aches in your joints.

You are growing another human – look after you!

Janine Smith

Janine | Birth, Baby & Family
A specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting

 

 

 

 

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