(Originally posted here)

Let’s face it, pain is a part of pregnancy. Stretching, growing and adjusting is nearly always an uncomfortable process, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. The pains and sensations of pregnancy are difficult to explain to a person that has never experienced them. Newly pregnant mothers are often nervous about facing the pain. We’re here to help you understand what you’re up against.

Pain is very common, especially to first-time mothers that don’t know what to expect.

First-time mothers that are experiencing painful sensations often assume they are going into labor before they actually are. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating pain during pregnancy.

Understanding Normal Pains

Labor and pre-term labor are generally associated with bleeding and/or rhythmic pain that comes in cycles and isn’t alleviated with movement or adjustment of the body.

Pain with movement is a normal sign of ligament stretching that occurs in most pregnancies, though these pains can be significant. Patients should call if they believe the pain is excessive and needs to be examined further.

Pains Associated with Complications

Use judgement when considering the pain that you are experiencing. Some pain is to be expected. Excessive pain, however, can be a sign of complications to your pregnancy.

The only way to determine if your pain is normal is to have your cervix checked for dilation. This is especially true if there is concern of pre-term labor.

Common Pain Relieving Methods

There are many home to help make pain more manageable. Some patients find them to be very effective, while others see little to no results. These include:

  • Taking a warm bath
  • Going for a swim
  • “Belly Binders” or other stomach belts

Keep in mind: There aren’t any 100% cures for pain during pregnancy.

We are happy to give evaluations and answer any questions not covered here. Contact us for more information.

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