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Joint Pain During Pregnancy

Joint Pain During Pregnancy...

Pregnancy is accompanied by a range of bodily changes, including weight gain and hormonal differences that can affect your mood, appetite and sleep cycles.

Fewer people are aware of the increased risk of joint-pain during pregnancy.
Joint Pain During Pregnancy

This can be due to a number of causes, including anatomical changes that prepares your body for birth, as well as simple stress damage due to the weight of the growing foetus.

No matter what causes your joint pain during pregnancy, it is important to be careful what you use to treat it, since some supplements and medications could affect your future child.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Over the course of your pregnancy, your joints of the pelvis begin to loosen. This allows your baby to be born more easily when the time comes, but it can also produce pain.

Discomfort relating to pelvic girdle joints often becomes worse when the weight of your pregnancy causes changes in posture and your centre of gravity.

Pain in the Feet and Ankles

Ankle, foot and lower leg pains are also very common in pregnancy. These are due to edema, or swelling and fluid retention in the joints.

This occurs when the growing uterus presses against major blood vessels, causing circulatory problems.

Elevating your feet when you sit or lie down can reduce the amount of fluid build-up.

You can also wear supportive stockings and avoid standing or crossing your legs for a long period of time.

Back Pain

Aching back joints and muscles happen in a majority of pregnancies. This condition is due to the added weight and balance problems that come with carrying your baby-to-be.

If your back pain becomes severe, report it to your doctor right away. For less serious cases, make sure you avoid high heels and chairs without back support.

Try to maintain the best posture possible, avoid heavy lifting, and consider changing your sleep position.

Use gentle massage, exercise and heat to reduce the pain as much as possible before resorting to medication.

Joint Pain in the Hands and Wrists

Surprisingly, the changes that occur during pregnancy can affect even non-weight bearing parts of your body such as the wrists and hands.

Many pregnant women suffer from a burning sensation in these areas caused by inflammation of the carpal tunnels.

Swelling and hormonal changes in the second trimester and third trimesters make this condition especially likely.

While natural supplements such as green-lipped mussel powder are often used to deal with normal joint inflammation, you should consult your doctor before taking them while pregnant, since there is little data about their safety and effectiveness during this time.

You can also use heat and cold compresses, massage, exercise and support splints to help manage the problem.

Eating Right To Help With Joint Pain During Pregnancy

One main nutrient which is required for healthy joints is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid.

The main function of this nutrient is that it helps the brain to function and helps to keep joints lubricated.

For any pregnant woman nutrition is very important, so pay attention to what you are eating on a daily basis.

Try to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean protein and carbs. Eating this way can really help you see a reduction in the level of joint pain during pregnancy.

Many women tend to suffer with carpal tunnel syndrome while pregnant and this is due to fluid retention and swelling in the hands and wrists.

While this is an annoying and sometimes can be a painful condition, the upside is that it usually clears up on its own after your baby is born.

Joint pain in the hip area is another complaint for many women. This becomes more noticeable in the later stages of pregnancy.

By the eighth and ninth month of pregnancy your hip muscles become more relaxed due to the weight of your baby.

The best solution is to try and rest more often and to drink more fluids if possible.

Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods is also very important - variety in postures is the key.

Do too much of one thing for a long time, and your back pain will increase for sure. When doing dishes, put one foot up on a footstool or on the inside of the cupboard below the sink.

Practising yoga is extremely helpful. It has another benefit in that it helps prepare your body for birthing.

Women who take yoga classes report having an easier time during labour, plus their recovery time is often quicker.

Also bear in mind that taking a natural healthy supplement can also help reduce joint pain during pregnancy.

In fact get into the habit of taking a vitamin or supplement while pregnant and continue your new habit afterwards.

This will help you deal with the night feeding schedule that lies ahead.

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