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Body Aches During Pregnancy

Those aches and pains may be common, but it doesn't mean they're comfortable! Here's what you can do to relieve the pain.

What are body aches during pregnancy?

For many mamas-to-be, a day doesn’t seem to go by without a little achiness.

What could be causing my body aches during pregnancy?

Body aches are a very common complaint in pregnancy, whether it’s affecting a specific area, such as pelvic pressure, or just general discomfort. The aches are usually just a sign that your body is preparing for childbirth. Of course, other illnesses like the flu can cause body aches too.

When should I go to the doctor about body aches during pregnancy?

For general body aches with no other symptoms (like rash, fever or sore throat), just mention it at your next prenatal visit. If you’ve got other symptoms, call the doctor for a sick visit.

How should I treat body aches during pregnancy?

If you’re in the second trimester and you’re having low-back pain, pelvic discomfort or general achiness, a maternity girdle or a support belt could help, especially if you’re on your feet a lot.

Just feeling achy? Warm showers are good; so are exercises like swimming, stretching and yoga. A pregnancy massage may help too. You can also take Tylenol to help ease pain.

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