During pregnancy, the body is transformed, resulting in several types of physical discomfort. The intensity of these types of discomfort differs from woman to woman. Most types of discomfort, however, are completely normal and disappear altogether after childbirth.
Pain and other hindrances are generally caused by an increase in pregnancy hormones and/or the pressure exerted on the joints and ligaments by the additional weight gained during pregnancy.
Some types of discomfort, such as breast soreness and nausea, usually only appear in the first three months of pregnancy, while others, which are rather the result of the increased size of the abdomen and the lack of space in the pelvis, generally appear towards the end of the pregnancy.
The following are common types of discomfort associated with pregnancy:
- Morning sickness
- Breast soreness
- Leg cramps
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Excess water
- Changes in skin condition
In the case of serious illness, bleeding or the sudden discharge of the amniotic fluid, you should contact your doctor or your nearest hospital. In order to avoid placing your unborn child at risk unnecessarily, you should only take medication in consultation with your doctor. Some types of discomfort can be effectively treated by alternative methods such as acupuncture.