Pelvic pain during pregnancy: What does it mean and should you worry?

Pelvic pain is common during pregnancy, as ligaments stretch out to accommodate the growing uterus....

Pelvic pain is common during pregnancy, as ligaments stretch out to accommodate the growing uterus. Most of the time, this symptom is just another one to add to your list of pregnancy-related aches and pains. But sometimes this kind of pain can signal something more serious.

Why now? Pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen is often brought on by exercise during pregnancy. Yes, you are supposed to stay healthy during your pregnancy, but if you push yourself too much, your body will let you know it's time to slow down. It can be easy to overdo it, especially given Atlanta's humid, hot temperatures for a good part of the year. That's why, when you're expecting, it is so important to stop or slow down if you start to feel pain of any kind. Even if you feel great, remember to bring water with you if you are exercising outside in the heat.

What now? If you experience pelvic pain, don't panic, but it is probably a good idea to call your OB/GYN to discuss your symptoms with a nurse or doctor. When you are pregnant, you can never be too cautious. You may be advised to rest for several hours. Other ways to alleviate the pain include sitting in a warm bath and going through some gentle stretches.

If the pain is accompanied by fever or spotting, tell your doctor. He or she will want to see you, but have your spouse, a family member or friend drive you if you aren't feeling well.

Relax. Soon you will get your old body back; you know, the one that doesn't have acid reflux or lower back pain. For now, take care of yourself and listen to your body and your baby.

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