Pregnancy is a joyous time for all involved, however what is not often talked about is the aches and pains that come with your ever growing bump. Being pregnant restricts the pain relievers you are able to take in order to relieve your discomfort. The worry about what is safe to take or what may harm your baby can cause you no end of stress. Always consult your doctor about pain relievers.
So what pain reliever is recommended during pregnancy?
Paracetamol: is commonly used during pregnancy and can treat mild to moderate aches and pains. Paracetamol can also be used to help reduce a high temperature.
Ibuprofen: Non Steroid Anti inflammatory drugs can also be used during pregnancy but are not often recommended during the early stages as they can cause some stomach upset.
Gels and Heat Pads: Pain reducing gels such as Arnica Gel, a heating pad, hot water bottle or even a cooling pad can also be very beneficial in reducing pain during pregnancy. Gels such as deep heat should however be avoided.
Maternity Belt : Maternity or pregnancy belts can be worn during pregnancy to provide comfort and support for the expectant mother. The maternity belt helps to distribute the weight of the baby across the mothers belly, in turn reducing back and pelvic pain
Rest: Rest is often the most looked over type of pain relief for any body, with the right amount of rest during the day you could help reduce the level of pain your body is experiencing.
Tens Machine: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) whilst not recommended for pregnancy itself tend machine have been proven to help with the pain when in labour.
There are a number of pain relief options available the the pregnant woman, When choosing the right pain relief for you always read the information label and remember to consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before use.