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Pregnancy discomfort

How to treat common aches and pains

The following are ideas for treating some of the minor aches and pains during your pregnancy:

Abdominal pain

Try using a heating pad or taking a warm bath for a short time. Exercise and stretching can also help, but avoid starting any new vigorous exercise programs.


Keep weight gain under control. Use heating pads, pregnancy support belts and do light exercise. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid high heels. Avoid lifting more than 10-15 pounds.

Breast pain

Wear appropriate support bras. Use nursing pads for any early leakage.


Some breathlessness is normal, especially near your due date. Lie on your left side. If you have any persistent problems you should call the office.


Drink more fluids and increase fiber intake (fruit, vegetables, whole grains, over-the-counter fiber).

Dizziness/feeling faint

Slow down, eat snacks and stay hydrated. Sit or lie down if necessary.

False labor/Braxton-Hicks

Change to a more comfortable position and take Benadryl. Regular contractions should always prompt a call or trip to the hospital.


Avoid spicy, greasy or acidic foods. Eat smaller, more frequent meals of bland foods. Don’t lie down right after meals and don’t eat for 3-4 hours before bedtime.


Eat fiber to avoid constipation. Avoid straining.

Leg pain/cramps

Elevating your feet, wearing support hose, getting a pregnancy massage and stretching can all help with leg pain and cramps.

Skin changes

Stay out of the sun on bright days and wear sun block. Lubricate your skin. There is no proven treatment for stretch marks. They usually fade and decrease after birth. 

Sleep disturbances 

Usually this occurs in the first and third trimester. Naps, warm baths, exercise and support pillows can help. Don’t take sleeping aids without talking to your doctor.

Leg swelling and varicose veins

Wear support hose and avoid standing for long hours. Elevate your feet above your head at night.