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Discomforts of Pregnancy

Strategies to survive normal changes in pregnancy

Listed below are common complaints of pregnancy with remedies that may provide relief.

If the remedies do not provide relief or if the condition worsens, please call the office at (210) 858-1101.

Backache, Minor Aches and Pains

Rest often and take a warm baths. Use correct posture and body alignment, avoid heavy lifting, squat to pick things up off the floor instead of bending at he waist. Sleep on a firm bed using as many pillows as needed for comfort. Wear shoes with low or no heels. Take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as directed for minor aches and pains.

Groin Pain

Round ligament pain is a sharp, sudden pain in the groin area caused by the uterus stretching to accommodate the growing baby. Move carefully and avoid sudden movements. Roll over carefully when while in bed or getting up. Get off your feet when possible. There are abdominal support belts, which might help as well.

Leg Cramps

Wear support hose or stockings and low heeled or flat shoes. Elevating feet and warm baths may help. Increase milk and calcium intake.

Swelling (Edema)

Most pregnant woman experience edema at some point during their pregnancy. Support hose, elevation of the feet level with the heart, and resting on the left side may offer some relief. Do not wear rings if your hands are swollen. Diuretics also know as “water pills” are not recommended during pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and lower salt intake.

Varicose or “Spider Veins”

Elevate feet as often as possible and wear support hose. These may or may not go away after the pregnancy.

Sexual Intercourse

Continue as long as comfortable. Spotting after intercourse may be normal but you need to discuss it with your provider. Discontinue intercourse if you are leaking fluids.

Chest Pain

Go straight to the hospital.


Avoid sexual intercourse, tampons, or douching, and observe. If heavy cramping or bleeding requiring a pad occurs, call the office.

Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge increases during pregnancy. If signs of infection occur, such as itching, foul odor, yellow or green discharge call the office for an appointment. Douching is not recommended especially during pregnancy.

Leaking of fluid

If leaking of fluids from the vagina occur whether a gush or a constant trickle call the office.

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