Most expectant mothers, especially first time pregnancies, start to experience aches and pains and discomfort from around 16 weeks. It's natural to worry about these new twinges, especially when we want smooth-sailing, healthy and full term pregnancies.
However let's cover why these aches are occurring, why so many of them are 'normal', and ways to ease them.
Firstly, the growth and weight gain of your uterus is a new experience for your body, and consequently strains and pains will start to be experienced . The internal attachments (ligaments) start to stretch and pull. This discomfort is often experienced most around the pubis (pubic tubercles) and groin (inguinal canals). As the pregnancy progresses aches and severe pains can be felt in 6 different places (some women get no pain at all, others get discomfort in up to all 6 areas):
1. Pubic area
3. Lower back - the two dimples at the lowest part of your back (sacroiliac joints)
4. The base/tip of your spine (sacrum)
5. Hip, Leg, Back (sciatica)
6. Under the ribcage
If you're lacking in strong core stomach muscles (and this can be caused from previous pregnancies), you are more likely to experience these 'twinges' during the second half of your pregnancy.
Some women find they also get 'tension headaches' from the pressure on their back and stomach, and struggle with this daily pain.
There are several ways you can deal with (or help treat) such discomforts:
- Emma Jane Maternity Support Belt $27 from ASOS - shop here.
- Ergonomic Maternity Support Brace $49.95 from MamaWay Maternity - shop here.
If you are still concerned about any aches or pains, and struggling to get through each day, please talk to your doctor.
Good luck Ladies, and here's to healthy pregnancies.