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[–] vivalafreakshow [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Didnt know they could happen so early, im 14 weeks in. But yeah I need to slow down a bit.

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[–] Oodle_doodle 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I know around 14 weeks I pulled my back out pretty bad vacuuming the stairs. Even though you are early things are moving around to get ready for the baby, muscles are relaxing ect! Honestly around that time was the most painful up until I hit about 36 weeks. Take it easy if you notice these sorts of things happening.

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[–] doubleunder 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cramps are caused by muscle not used to work or by lack to vitamins/minerals in your diet. For the vit/min part you need; calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, water. Most people are low on magnesium. You should consult your doctor though.

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[–] vivalafreakshow [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well it would make sense then that my uterus hurts, since its a muscle. Im guessing its over excursion and the baby growing combined.

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[–] doubleunder 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Uterus? Seems like there should be an old school Rodney Dangerfield joke in here. LOL. "She never mentioned her uterus until now."

Yes, it should probably still work. If you are taking prenatal vitamins see what amounts of things you are already getting.

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[–] greycloud 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

depends on how active you normally are. make sure you have plenty of potassium, calcium and water in your diet. i recommend taking ibuprofen, a potassium supplement, drinking some skim milk and doing some stretches in the cramped muscle along with drinking 6-8 cups of water per day. also if it is bad for more than 2 days, add a cold pack to the area on for 20 minutes, off for 40 minutes, ace wrap the area and keep it elevated during rest for (cold pack up to 4 hours per day, preferably before sleep). this minor treatment plan is good for most muscle pain caused by stress as well as minor tendon or ligament damage. its likely what a physician would tell you to do at first.

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[–] vivalafreakshow [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I just realized I didn't specifically mention I'm pregnant and its my uterus/lower abdomen that hurts. It feels like a mix between period cramp and a side stitch.

I take supplements and have started eating cheese, I avoided dairy before due to some stomach issues. I drink enough water. I'm not so active anymore since its hard for me to walk up and down the stairs and I live on the second floor. My lower back hurts like hell when I walk in stairs.

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[–] greycloud 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

... ok well pregnancy changes a lot of things. make sure your supplements include magnesium, potassium, and iodine as well as calcium (they probably do if you are taking prenatal vitamins). if the pain is in your lower ribs than it is possible that there is pressure being placed outwardly on your ribs from the growing baby as well as heavier than usual breathing that has strained the muscles between your ribs. this is a very sensitive region, and pain is not likely indicative of damage (its called intercostal spaces if you want to look it up). depending on how fast your baby is growing, you may just want to start expecting this to happen periodically throughout your pregnancy.

i do not recommend taking ibuprofen while pregnant. instead alternate between hot and cold packs on the area. (not hot enough to burn, but warm) do warm pack for 20 minutes, nothing for 20 minutes, cold pack for 20 minutes, nothing for 20 minutes, warm pack for 20 minutes etc. for up to 4 hours (less is fine if you are busy). consider the position you are sleeping in and try to make sure to sleep on your sides and to periodically turn to the other side when you wake up in the middle of the night.

make sure to get enough water, your baby needs it and you need it to keep all those vitamins moving throughout your body correctly. if your pee is dark yellow, water could be the culprit in your pain. especially if that pain is at the bottom of your ribs at your side and back.

for lower back pain, just try to keep a good posture while sitting. if this takes using pillows to help contour the surface you are sitting on, than do that. also consider getting shoe inserts in your shoes and consider how you walk. you don't want to be stepping forward and landing directly onto your heels, you prefer to walk more on your toes striking the ground first. (heel impact will start with sore knees/ankles, and than into sore hip/back).

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