The pregnant woman has more fluid in her body than ever before and it probably feels like her feet will explode. Swelling of the face, hands, legs, and feet are all common symptoms of pregnancy but can cause also serious discomfort and even pain.

  • Swelling hands can lead to carpal tunnel symptoms, so wearing wrist braces may help.
  • Prop legs up above the heart whenever possible.
  • Move around instead of sitting still or standing still for long periods of time.
  • Do not sleep on your back in the later weeks of pregnancy.

Acid escaping from the stomach into the esophagus is often to blame for heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy. Hormones relax the muscles that keep acids in their rightful place and when that relax begins, there are no stopping acids from slipping into the throat.

Other painful body changes include:

It is normal for the pregnant woman to undergo many body changes, aches and pains during pregnancy. Most are associated with hormones and the pain will stop when hormone levels return to normal. However, as with any symptom in general, call your doctor if you are concerned about something. Only your doctor can examine you to make sure your symptoms are OK.

Read about more about body changes that occur during pregnancy.