Q: Good day ma. Please I’m 4 months pregnant and I’m having pain at my lower abdomen to my back. The pain is so severe. What is the cause ma’am?
A: Hello dear, thanks for writing in and congratulations on your pregnancy. 4 months puts you firmly in the second trimester of pregnancy. If you had had a traumatic first trimester with nausea and vomiting, this would usually ease up during the second trimester 😀 Unfortunately, this may not be the case in all women!
Different women feel the movement of their babies at different times. It usually ranges between the 16th and 25th week of pregnancy. Of course for pros, like women who have had babies before 😀 they recognize the movements earlier.
You may start to experience more backaches as the weight you have put on starts to take its toll. Be sure to sit up straight on chairs with proper back support to help with this. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs will also help. This may be the cause of your backaches but if they are very discomforting, please see your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Your breasts are probably big enough to necessitate a bigger bra size. Be sure to get a comfortable and good support bra.
Heartburns, constipation and leg cramps are more frequent at this time too. Heartburns occur due to one of the hormones produced during pregnancy. For leg cramps, be sure to let your doctor know that you have these cramps, especially if applying a cold pack to it or stretching does not help them.
A thin milky discharge is normal during pregnancy and is seen during this period. But if this becomes yellow, greenish or foul smelling, please see your doctor.
You could also have haemorrhoids. These haemorrhoids develop when there is undue pressure in the pelvic and anal area as can occur in pregnancy (especially the last 6 months)
Other symptoms that may become more common include bleeding gums, varicose veins and nose bleeds as you experience more blood flow due to the effect of pregnancy hormones. To guard against bleeding gums, use a soft-bristled brush during the pregnancy.
Be sure to look out for the red flags of pregnancy at any stage of the pregnancy though. For details of this red flags, please click on this link:https://chatwithdrketch.com/2013/10/26/baby-in-the-tummy-its-all-up-to-mummy-is-it/
For related posts, please click on this: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/10/19/daily-health-tips-how-soon-after-pregnancy-does-a-baby-start-moving/
Have a great day, everyone 😀