Saturday, December 31, 2011

Common Early Pregnancy Pains

If you thought that the early months of your pregnancy would be idyllic, and that you would sail through them in a golden glow of happiness, the reality was probably somewhat of a shock! Most women are surprised at the frequency and severity of early pregnancy pain, but while it is surprising, it is usually nothing to be overly concerned about. Here are a few symptoms of early pregnancy pain that many women experience:

§ Cramping. Many women experience cramping, similar to menstrual cramps, for the first few months of their pregnancy. Gentle massage can usually soothe the problem, and it is usually caused by what is known as implantation cramps.
§ Breast tenderness is another of the most common types of early pregnancy pain. In fact, breast tenderness and swelling is often one of the first symptoms that alert women to the possibility that they may be pregnant!
§ Headaches, due to changes in hormone levels, are also common early pregnancy pains, as are pelvic pain, and backache.

All of these are normal, common signs of early pregnancy pain, and they are experienced by many women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, and you are unsure what to do, here is your checklist:

§ Have a pregnancy test done! If you have not already confirmed that you are pregnant, then it is important that you do! These signs may be normal during pregnancy, but if you are not pregnant, they could be a sign of something more serious!
§ Once your pregnancy is confirmed, try not to panic about this type of early pregnancy pain. They will usually disappear within a month or two, and you will start feeling just fine during your second trimester, if you are like most women!
§ Stock up on pregnancy safe painkillers, reduce your exercise levels for a while, rest more, and learn pregnancy massage techniques. Remember that early pregnancy pain is replaced by different mid pregnancy pain, and then by late pregnancy pain, so learning to deal with aches and pains is all part of being a mom to be!

Even though early pregnancy pain is normal, you should never ignore your instincts, and if something does not feel 'right' or is too painful, always refer to your doctor. It may be nothing serious, but on the other hand, it might just be something that needs to be attended to. Take care of yourself, do not try to be a brave soldier, and let your partner pamper you, and you should get through early pregnancy pain without too much of a problem!

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