Saturday, February 16, 2013

New Weird Pregnancy Pain

So I have a new weird pregnancy pain to report. My ribs have been forced upward and I have a pain beneath my breasts. So not only are the girls pretty darn tender, but what is under them is sore now too. It started suddenly one day and I merely attributed it to my under-wire in a new bra. However, the pain continued even after the bra was removed and after a couple days Shannon suggested I look it up as it might be "a pregnancy thing" and he was right.

One woman wrote "you'd expect to see some form of bruising, but there's nothing there!" You see, our ribs shift to make room for our little ones and space for our internal organs....while this happens, our muscles in between those ribs get stretched.

Recommendations to ease this pain include: Microwaveable heat packs, good posture, sitting upright to allow space for your growing body, Extra strength tylenol, warm baths, and finding a comfortable driving position.

Please note that a strong pain under the right rib and in the back could be a sign of a gallbladder attack. Normal changes that occur during pregnancy and the postpartum weeks predispose women to gallbladder problems. The function of the gallbladder is to store bile (a substance that aids in the digestion of fat), which is produced by the liver. When the bile contains too much cholesterol and not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder doesn't empty properly, the gallbladder can form stones.

Stop eating heavy fatty foods like meat, diary and simple carbs for a few days and eat more salads and water. It'll help your body to cope with any stones naturally. 

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