Which aches are normal during pregnancy?
November 6, 2006 8:52 AM Subscribe
[PregnancyFilter] In the second trimester, which aches and pains are a normal part of the experience, and which require immediate medical attention?
posted by hsoltz to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 18 weeks pregnant, and I'm feeling a lot of stretching and mild abdominal unease in addition to the very identifiable round ligament pain
. My doctor isn't too concerned, and explained at my last visit that I'm probably feeling my uterus growing. But she did say to call her if I felt worse.
Now, of course, I'm sensitive to every little feeling in my body, and if I look up any sort of symptom the book or site invariably says both, "Some aches, cramps, and pains are completely normal during pregnancy"
and "Contact your doctor if you're feeling any discomfort or pain."
Never having been through this before, how do I know which aches and pains are par for the course, and which are truly problematic? (Obviously anything that really hurts is cause for a phone call, but I'm talking about the more middle range, "I feel like staying in bed" discomforts. I don't want to be alarmist, but I also don't want to ignore anything that might be important.)