Severe Indigestion During Early Pregnancy

If you are pregnant you understand how annoying acid reflux can become, what's more it's extremely difficult because there are a lot of limitations to what you can do to prevent acid reflux during pregnancy.

Most women tend to have acid reflux or heartburn symptoms while they're pregnant for quite a few different reasons. One of the top reasons for heartburn during pregnancy is the increase in hormones in a women's body while they are pregnant. The presence of these hormones result in a softening of the ligaments which function to keep the lower esophageal sphincter or LES closed. If the LES is not firmly closed the body has a tendency to let gastric acid, food and other heartburn causing materials reflux back to the esophagus and the throat, this is the primary cause of heartburn during pregnancy.

Another reason for pregnancy heartburn is the changes in the body and the fact that the development of the baby creates more pressure on the woman's stomach. This new added pressure tends to force the stomach contents right into the LES and coincidentally up into the esophagus.

Whatever is causing your heartburn during pregnancy we all can agree that it is uncomfortable annoying and unhealthy.

There are a few different methods that pregnant women can use to lessen the discomfort brought on by heartburn. Here are some ideas that you can try:

? Avoid food that triggers heartburn. Foods that have a tendency to increase the propensity for heartburn are things like chocolate, spicy foods, citrus-based fruit, mustard, tomatoes, fried foods, fatty foods and highly spiced or seasoned dishes. If you are experiencing heavy episodes of heartburn you may want to talk to a gastroenterologist about what foods are more appropriate for you to be eating during your pregnancy.

? Get rid of drinks that have caffeine in them. If you're pregnant you should not be having caffeine anyway and caffeinated beverages play a strong role in increasing heartburn so stay away from things like coffee, tea and soda.

? Another no-brainer when it comes to being pregnant is the avoidance of alcoholic beverages. Many people do not understand the strong link that alcoholic beverages have with heartburn. Alcohol plays a strong role in increasing heartburn and short-circuiting the LES.

? If possible eat multiple smaller meals rather than one large meal. There is already enough pressure on your stomach to begin with eating a large meal can really tend to fire up the heartburn.

? Try to rest and relax for three hours after your last meal before going to bed you want to give your stomach time to digest the food before simply just laying down to go to bed.

? When you are sleeping try to use pillows to elevate your upper body 6 to 8 inches off the surface of the bed this will have gravity working in your favor when it comes to sending the heartburn causing materials back down into your stomach.

You also need to be drinking more water when you're pregnant which really helps with acid reflux. Try to drink water in between meals rather than with meals because filling your stomach with both food and water again had the added pressure to your stomach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had severe chest pain during early pregnancy?
    i usually get it in the middle of the night. it happened twice now. Im wondering has anyone else experienced this before? what can it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn? Indigestion?

      No joke. Somewhere between 4-7 months, I had the worst of it. I'd get a little bit during the day sometimes (very rare) and I'd never had it before... but during the night, I'd wake up with this uncomfortable pain. I think my body has tuned out to the food I usually want most (which happened to make it worse; way hot food). I didn't know what was wrong... but it had to be that. Taking tums before I went to sleep helped a lot, and soon after, my cravings definitely changed to not include such spicy/hot food.

      I was told to avoid eating before I go to sleep, make sure I had a few hours between to help settle the food... but even that didn't help greatly so try to avoid certain foods, take tums, give yourself time before eating and sleeping.

  2. QUESTION:
    what pregnancy symptoms should i be aware of?
    im 6 weeks gone so far all i have is crampings and tender breast .. but so far *fingers crossed* no morning sickness.

    what other symptom should i expect in early and late pregnancy just so i can prepare myself for whats to come.

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of symptoms that women experience in pregnancy but every woman (and every pregnancy) is different. Some women can go through their entire pregnancy feeling absolutely normal (other than a growing belly!) whereas other women suffer with severe nausea and back pain. So just because you're not experience a particular symptom, or you ar experience a symptom that someone else isn't, doesn't mean anything is wrong. I'll go through some of the main symptoms though!

      In the first trimester (weeks 1 - 12 approximately) one of the most common symptoms is morning sickness. This can start any time during the first trimester. For me, it started around week 8/9 and lasted until week 16. Morning sickness varies from woman to woman but I did not vomit, I just suffered with extreme nausea and retching that was worse in the morning but lasted all day (and night!). Tiredness is also very common in the first trimester as your body gets used to being pregnant. You may experience symptoms similar to those you had before your period was due such as cramping or sore breasts. Some women find their appetite increases, others lose their appetite totally due to morning sickness. Some women find they need to urinate more frequently. Your belly may appear bloated but in the early stages, this is due to gas and fluid retention rather than the growing baby. You may feel emotional due to the hormonal changes.

      In the second trimester (approximately weeks 12 - 28) a lot of women start to feel a bit more like their old selves. this is known as the honey mood period of pregnancy and the stage where a lot of women start to "bloom". Energy levels return to normal and for most women, morning sickness ends. I felt much better in my second trimester. I moved home, decorated, went camping, moved offices at work which I would have really struggled with in the first part of my pregnancy! Its also nice because you should start to feel the first movements of your baby somewhere between weeks 18 - 22. It only feels like a tiny butterfly in your belly at first but towards the end of your second trimester, you'll start to feel proper kicks and punches all the time!! You will also start to notice your bump growing quickly. Now is the time to buy some maternity clothes! Other people will start to notice you look pregnant too although if this is your first baby, it may not be very noticeable until later on. You may start to suffer with indigestion or heart burn and you may find your bladder feels full a lot as your baby starts to grow and put pressure on it. Like me, you may also experience back pain or sciatica caused by the baby resting on your sciatic nerve. You will find your bra size will go up. Your emotional state may have levelled out a bit by now but you may find the hormones make your sex drive increase at this stage too.

      Third Trimester (approximately weeks 28 - 40) This is a time for real growth. Expect to put on at least a stone (14lbs) in weight during this time. Your bump should be growing around a cm a week now. Tiredness is very common during this late stage of pregnancy and any symptoms such as back pain will get worse due to the growing baby and increased pressure on your body. It can also become difficult to sleep as you get bigger. You will find that tasks you used to do with ease like cleaning the house or gardening are much harder than before and tire you out quicker. Your indigestion and acid reflux may start to get worse and you may also start to get short of breath sometimes as the baby grows and puts pressure on your lungs.

      These are all really general symptoms though. Like I said, every woman and ever pregnancy is different. Congratulations though and good luck!!

  3. QUESTION:
    How long after pains does your period start?
    My period isn't regular (well, it's kinda anywhere from 3-5 weeks each time)
    It has now been 3 weeks, and i have started getting very mild period pains. How long on average does your period start after getting mild pains? Only i desperately need it to wait until sunday as i kinda have 'plans' saturday! :L

    • ANSWER:
      Cramping But No Period: Why

      Cramping during menstruation period is quite normal. Contraction of uterine muscles discharge the uterine lining from the body. Muscular cramping causes abdominal cramps. The pain is quite normal and is a healthy sign of normal cycles. The two hormones, estrogen and progesterone start playing a key role. Once the menstrual cycle is over, your body starts preparing itself once again for ovulation. Thus, mild cramping during ovulation is a genuine symptom, unless it becomes severe.

      The most common reason behind cramping without period is delayed menstrual cycle. It normally happens if you are experiencing stress (physical and mental) or getting exposed to environmental changes. Your food habits and lifestyle also play an important role in controlling the activity of hormones. Delayed periods is one of the effects of disturbance in ovulation process and cramping takes place more often. It might also result from endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Both the conditions are extremely painful, marked by severe cramping.

      Period like symptoms or menstrual cramping without periods is also included under premenstrual syndrome. It's very irritating to experience the cramps without occurrence of periods. Other symptoms associated with PMS are nausea, dizziness, morning sickness, mood swings, lack of sexual activity, loss of appetite, etc. The cramps actually indicate that your periods are about to start within a day or two. However, when you get persistent cramps but no period, then some other factors might also be associated with it.

      Cramping like symptoms without periods is an early sign of pregnancy. Such conditions are often confused with periods. Cramping in early pregnancy occurs because the uterine muscles expands to implant the embryo. Expansion of muscles causes much pain around the abdominal region and this is once again normal. But what would be the reason if you get a negative pregnancy test and simultaneously experience cramping without periods? Negative pregnancy test, cramping and no periods if occur at the same time, then you need an immediate medical check up. Severe cramping could be due to internal complications. The most common being Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or ovarian cyst. PCOS occurs due to rise in androgen levels. It leads to formation of multiple cysts in the ovary. PCOS if not diagnosed at early stages causes infertility. If you observe irregular periods and experience severe cramping, then get yourself diagnosed properly to rule out any underlying condition. Disturbances in periods also arise if you are suffering from thyroid gland disorders and indigestion problems.

      You can definitely wait a week or so if your periods are getting delayed but make sure you go for a medical check up if the condition prevails and your periods are missed. You should never neglect any internal health complications to avoid aggravation of the symptoms.

  4. QUESTION:
    unbearable pain in lower belly and feeling sick what is it?
    I have a sharp pain from just under my heart to my lower belly, i have had a backache the last few days but this has disappeared and i keep feeling sick although i have not been sick.

    I am on the pill so pregnancy isn't really the obvious thing as I came on my last period and my next one is not due for another 2 weeks.

    Any ideas what this could be? doctors is not the best idea as i will try to avoid the payment if something can be brought from the chemist insted.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Bored, I believe your pain is due to severe indigestion. Here are some symptoms that occur. I hope this helps you.

      INDIGESTION:

      Most people with indigestion have one or more of the following symptoms:

      Early fullness during a meal. You haven't eaten much of your meal, but you already feel full and may not be able to finish eating.

      Uncomfortable fullness after a meal. Fullness lasts longer than it should.

      Pain in the upper abdomen. You feel a mild to severe pain in the area between the bottom of your breastbone (sternum) and your navel.

      Burning in the upper abdomen. You feel an uncomfortable heat or burning sensation between the bottom of the breastbone and navel

      REMEDIES YOU CAN TRY:

      Drink It
      Make your own Alka-Seltzer-like heartburn and indigestion remedy by mixing baking soda and water in equal parts. You can also try cumin seeds in water, coriander juice with a pinch of salt, ginger tea, peppermint tea and cinnamon in water. These things can be taken both proactively to prevent symptoms and for relief when they occur.

      Fruit
      Eat a piece of fruit after a meal or when you experience the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Papaya works well because it has an enzyme called papain that helps aid digestion. Bananas help because they coat the stomach, and grapes help because they are high in fiber and low in acidity.

      Save a little room when you are eating and have a few almonds. Raw almonds help ease heartburn because they are high in oils and the oils neutralize stomach acid. You can eat them preemptively to prevent heartburn or at the first sign of heartburn.

      Licorice
      Take a licorice root tablet to relieve indigestion or heartburn. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which reduces inflammation and protects the stomach. However, licorice should never be used long-term or by women who are pregnant or nursing.

      Read more: Home Remedies for Indigestion & Heartburn | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5294645_home-remedies-indigestion-heartburn.html#ixzz1saHRuJtU
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/indigestion/DS01141/DSECTION=symptoms

  5. QUESTION:
    How it feels to be pregnant.....?
    We are trying for a baby and I was just wondering how it felt to be pregnant. Not to be gross, but you know when you have diarrhea how you get really bad stabbing pains in your belly....... Is that how it feels to be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      No! Pregnancy does not feel like that at all.

      During your first trimester you usually feel nauseated and you may have a lot of headaches, sore breasts, extreme fatigue-basically a lot of the same symptoms you get on your mentrual cycle but worse!

      Then the 2nd trimester (months 4,5 and 6) is usually the best because all of your nausea is gone and your body is adjusting to being pregnant--not too many aches or pains at all and that is when you can first feel the baby move inside you as well! I always felt GREAT during that stage and you are starting to show and feeling really good about being pregnant! Not at all like diarreah pains...lol!

      The last trimester is harder because the baby is growing inside of you and getting larger and pushing on your insides! You get heartburn and indigestion, you make wake up with severe leg cramps, it's harder to sleep because the baby may be laying in a position that gives you a bad pain in your side (that has happened ot me a lot!) or for other reasons, the list just goes on!

      Do you mean how do the contractions feel--are they like stabbing diarreah pains? I would not describe them like that! Contractions and labor pains are very intense and you feel like you are being squeezed very tightly during a contraction during the early stages of labor, but as it goes on the pain is extreme and intensifies--NOTHING like diarreah pains at all in my opinion!

      You will LOVE being pregnant--I always did and I have 6 children! Best of luck to you in trying :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Heartburn, indigestion and other various aches?
    In early pregnancy one of the symptoms is heartburn caused through indigestion. I quite often suffer from indigestion anyway because i bolt my food. I seem now though to get heartburn with it - would this be a pregnancy symptom? Also i a few weeks ago i was suffering with cramps and twinges - these have calmed down now but when i eat food i get the odd twinge in my stomach and back - anyone else had this?

    • ANSWER:
      I had this for my first pregnancy...my doctor said tums everyday it was good for me and the baby...calcium. I have already had gas pains during my pregnancy so severe I had to leave church, I went home and soaked in hot bath water and then lay on the couch with my legs hanging over the back of the couch and this helped me out a lot.

  7. QUESTION:
    I think I might be pregnant?
    I am going to take a pregnancy test in a couple of days. I don't think I will be able to go through having an abortion because I think it's a horrible thing to do--but how can I have the baby because I am still a senior in high school and have a bright future--I'm going to Georgetown University in the fall. I am petite so maybe I could have the baby and my stomach wont get SO big that it will be super noticeable? Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      hey, thats what choice is about.you are obviously smart, and dont let anyone (including me or anyone else on here) tell you what to do.if you want to have a baby, do so.if you dont, then thats an option as well.
      dont let your emotions overtake you.this is a situation that needs serious thought, and you are just the person to do it.
      good luck

      3-4. PRESUMPTIVE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY

      Presumptive signs and symptoms of pregnancy are those signs and symptoms that are usually noted by the patient, which impel her to make an appointment with a physician. These signs and symptoms are not proof of pregnancy but they will make the physician and woman suspicious of pregnancy.

      a. Amenorrhea (Cessation of Menstruation).

      (1) Amenorrhea is one of the earliest clues of pregnancy. The majority of patients have no periodic bleeding after the onset of pregnancy. However, at least 20 percent of women have some slight, painless spotting during early gestation for no apparent reason and a large majority of these continue to term and have normal infants.

      (2) Other causes for amenorrhea must be ruled out, such as:

      (a) Menopause.

      (b) Stress (severe emotional shock, tension, fear, or a strong desire for a pregnancy).

      (c) Chronic illness (tuberculosis, endocrine disorders, or central nervous system abnormality).

      (d) Anemia.

      (e) Excessive exercise.

      b. Nausea and Vomiting (Morning Sickness).

      (1) Usually occurs in early morning during the first weeks of pregnancy.

      (2) Usually spontaneous and subsides in 6 to 8 weeks or by the twelfth to sixteenth week of pregnancy.

      (3) Hyperemesis gravidarum. This is referred to as nausea and vomiting that is severe and lasts beyond the fourth month of pregnancy. It causes weight loss and upsets fluid and electrolyte balance of the patient.

      (4) Nausea and vomiting are unreliable signs of pregnancy since they may result from other conditions such as:

      (a) Gastrointestinal disorders (hiatal hernias, ulcers, and appendicitis).

      (b) Infection (influenza and encephalitis).

      (c) Emotional stress, upset (anxiety and anorexia nervosa).

      (d) Indigestion.

      c. Frequent Urination.

      (1) Frequent urination is caused by pressure of the expanding uterus on the bladder.

      (2) It subsides as pregnancy progresses and the uterus rises out of the pelvic cavity.

      (3) The uterus returns during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus presses against the bladder.

      (4) Frequent urination is not a definite sign since other factors can be apparent (such as tension, diabetes, urinary tract infection, or tumors).

      Watch a video showing breast changes during pregnancy

      d. Breast Changes.

      (1) In early pregnancy, changes start with a slight, temporary enlargement of the breasts, causing a sensation of weight, fullness, and mild tingling.

      (2) As pregnancy continues the patient may notice:

      (a) Darkening of the areola--the brown part around the nipple.

      (b) Enlargement of Montgomery glands--the tiny nodules or sebaceous glands within the areola.

      (c) Increased firmness or tenderness of the breasts.

      (d) More prominent and visible veins due to the increased blood supply.

      (e) Presence of colostrum (thin yellowish fluid that is the precursor of breast milk). This can be expressed during the second trimester and may even leak outin the latter part of the pregnancy.

      (3) These breast changes can be more positive if the patient has not recently delivered and is not presently breastfeeding.

      Chadwick's Sign with Leukorrhea in early pregnancy

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      e. Vaginal Changes.

      (1) Chadwick's sign. The vaginal walls have taken on a deeper color caused by the increased vascularity because of increased hormones. It is noted at the sixth week when associated with pregnancy. It may also be noted with a rapidly growing uterine tumor or any cause of pelvic congestion.

      (2) Leukorrhea. This is an increase in the white or slightly gray mucoid discharge that has a faint musty odor. It is due to hyperplasia of vaginal epithelial cells of the cervix because of increased hormone level from the pregnancy. Leukorrhea is also present in vaginal infections.

      f. Quickening (Feeling of Life).

      (1) This is the first perception of fetal movement within the uterus. It usually occurs toward the end of the fifth month because of spasmodic flutter.

      (a) A multigravida can feel quickening as early as 16 weeks.

      (b) A primigravida usually cannot feel quickening until after 18 weeks.

      (2) Once quickening has been established, the patient should be

  8. QUESTION:
    indigestion in pregnancy?
    I have 2 kids already, but as of right now I am 5 days late... I have noticed that I have had severe indigestion for the past week and a half... I have also noticed that I have been up more during the night to use the restroom. I have got up every morning feeling nausious, but just blamed that on the stomach problems... can these be early symptoms of pregnancy? I have also noticed that I am a lot more moody, and emotional...

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    8 wks pregnant: Stomach burning sensation?
    Hello,
    I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have developed a severe stomach burning sensation. Can anyone advise on this please.
    I read that this sensation is only developed during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
    Please could anyone hlp with any special diet or other suggestions on why I'm having this ? (Is this normal during the first trimester ?!)
    ~thanks

    • ANSWER:
      heartburn does tend to hit near the end of pregnancy, but im sure it does happen that early. Remember your body is already going through drastic changes so i wouldnt be surprised if it is normal. See your doctor about what remedies you can use as im not sure which indigestion stuff you are and arent allowed to use. peptac is safe, but im not sure if they have it where you are. (assuming your not in the uk) cut down on spicy food and try not to eat anything for a few hours before you go to bed. ( i dont know about you, but mine hits the minute i lie down at night lol)
      also a glass of cold water or milk can help things and ive been told that sucking mints can help, but ive never tried it.
      good luck and congrats

  10. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy.........................?
    would only be 3 or 4 weeks at the most
    not due for period. Sore nipples. Headaches. Sore back. Nausous on bumpy roads. Moody. Always thirsty wif sore throat.. Early pregnancy symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy Signs

      By Rachel Lower

      Sore and Tender Breasts, Enlarged Breasts, Bumps Around Nipples Enlarged (Montgomery's Tubercules), 'Blue Veins' (Veins More Apparent), Darkening of Areolas, Colostrum, Fullness, Tingling Nipples
      Tenderness of the breasts can start as early as a few days after conception. Other breast changes occur anytime in the first trimester.

      Basil Body Temperature Remains High
      If you chart your bbt, you will notice your temperature remains high.

      Missed Period (Amenorrhoea), Extremely Light Period, Implantation Bleeding, Spotting
      Menstruation is usually absent throughout your entire pregnancy. You may have a bit of spotting or scantly menstrual flow. Implantation bleeding can occur between 5-10 days after conception, though only in about 5% of all women.

      Abdomen Enlarged, Bloating, Cramping, Uterus Enlarged, Uterus Shape Changed, Weight Gain, Blue Lines on Abdomen, Darkening of Line From Navel to Pubis (Linea Nigra)
      Within two weeks of conception your uterus starts enlarging. Minimal, slight cramping and bloating may also occur. You can start "showing" from 8 weeks. Those who have had a previous pregnancy should find themselves "popping out" sooner then they did the first time around. The line from your navel to pubis can appear in your 4th or 5th month. Blue lines may appear on your abdomen as they may on your breasts.

      Cervix Softening (Goodell's Sign), Chadwick's Sign (Bluish Tinge to the Vagina and Cervix), Vaginal Discharge Changes
      Goodell's and Chadwick's signs both occur in the first trimester. Vaginal discharge can be varied, and often a golden discharge is an early sign of pregnancy. Beware of infections and have them treated asap.

      Frequent Urination
      Frequent urination usually begins 6-12 weeks after conception.

      Food Cravings, Hunger, Thirst, Indigestion, Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Nausea, Vomitting (Morning Sickness, any time of the day), Ptyalism (Excessive Salivation), Sense of Smell Increased, Some Smells Nauseating
      Morning sickness usually appears 2-7 weeks after conception. All of these symptoms could pop up in the first trimester.

      Fatigue, Sleeping Problems
      Early in pregnancy many women find themselves more tired than usual. Other symptoms can cause problems when trying to sleep at night, such as sore breasts making it hard to get into a comfortable position.

      Mood Swings
      Hormones and normal anxieties can cause mood swings through out pregnancy.

      Aches and Pains, Backaches, Frequent Headaches, Nosebleeds, Stuffy Noses, Sinus Problems
      Hormones, blood circulation, and the load on your body can cause these symptoms at various times in pregnancy. The doctor should be called if any of them are severe or persistent.

      Quickening (Fetal Movement), Braxton Hicks Contractions
      Intermittent painless contractions can occur early in pregnancy, and will increase in frequency. Fetal movement is noticeable starting at 14-20 weeks.

      Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Acne, Skin Pigmentation Changes, "Puffy" Face, Red and Itchy Palms and Soles, Itching, Perspiration, Heat Rashes, Bluish and Blotchy Legs, Varicose Veins, Changes in Hair, Nails, etc.
      During the entire pregnancy one may wonder who's skin they are in!

  11. QUESTION:
    Sudden burning in nose,upper jaw, feel breathless, then dizzy, seeing stars?
    Sudden burning in nose,upper jaw, feel breathless, then dizzy, seeing stars?
    It is very sudden. It may occur a couple x a month or multiple x year. All of a sudden I get the feeling of intense burning in the nose, like getting hit in the nose. I have trouble catching my breath. As the burning subsides, I get very dizzy and weak and see stars. Sometimes I have to hold onto things. The episodes only last 5-10 seconds. Does anybody have a clue what it could be? Feedback is greatly appreciated.

    I am 35 years old. Family history of mother and sisters are positive for diabetes, heart failure, TIA (mini-stroke), Epilepsy, MTHFR (blood clotting problem- too many), heart defects-valve.

    I have had my first one in my teen years. The past couple of years find them more frequent. I have asthma. I have good blood pressure. It isn't heart burn, or indigestion. I had heart burn/indigestion during pregnancy and I know what that is. It isn't a panic attack. Had a couple of those before. I am not stressed before it happens. It usually occurs while I'm doing things (driving, walking, surfing the net, etc.). It stops me in my tracks. It can't be ignored. After the dizziness totally goes away, about 20 seconds later, I feel absolutely fine. Other people notice them if it occurs when I'm talking to them. I know what is happening/what people are saying when they occur. I can't speak because I am so breathless, and the burning pain is severe.

    I've told doctors about this, and they brush me off. I did get an EKG one time for 3 minutes, but I didn't have any symptoms during the test. He didn't believe me. My OB doctor didn't believe me either when I told them I had high blood sugar during my pregnancy. (I have my own glucose meter) I ended up having a 10 lb. 2 oz. baby on my due date. I begged to be tested early for the problem. They said I wasn't old enough, to have it and I was slender. I massively failed the test at 6 months. I moved and went to another ob. I my 3rd child was 11 lb 4 oz boy at 39 weeks. He was admitted to the NICU as an infant of a diabetic mother. Of course they also told me I didn't have diabetes. They never tested me for it, and refused to look at my readings on the glucose meter. I know when something is not normal. This isn't normal. Any suggestions, even odd ones are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It is difficult to determine the cause of these symptoms over the internet, but I can try to help you some. The first thing that comes to my mind is a panic attack, which can be associated with dizziness, shortness of breath and the other symptoms you are mentioning. I know you said you know it is not a panic attack and it is certainly possible that it is related to something else. Panic attacks can lead to fast breathing (hyperventialation), which results decreases the carbon dioxide in the blood which results in an increase in the pH of the blood slightly known as a respiratory alkolosis. Symptoms of respiratory alkolosis include dizziness, sensory changes around the mouth/nose and hands/feet. This could be one explanation for the burning in your nose/jaw. Hyperventialation can occur for other reasons, such as an asthma attack. I know you say that you have asthma and the episodes are associated with breathlessness. Asthma attacks usually do not last 10 seconds though and I am sure you are familiar with the symptoms you usually get with the asthma attack.

      There are many things that can lead to shortness of breath and dizziness, such as a heart condition. I think a heart condition is unlikely in your case unless you have a known heart condition. Low blood sugar could potentially lead to the dizziness, but it would not last for 10 seconds. It would be helpful to know exactly what you mean by dizziness. Do you mean lightheadedness or do you mean the room is spinning? Lightheadedness is more suggestive of low blood pressure or a heart condition. If the room is spinning, then this is vertigo and is consistent with a middle ear issue. I do not think these complaints relate at all to your history of gestational diabetes.

      Unfortunately, if you want to determine the exact cause of these complaints then you will have to see a doctor. It sounds like you do not have the best relationship with your current/previous doctor and you feel like they don't listen to your complaints. I would suggest that you seek a second opinion if you are unhappy with the evaluation by your current doctors. It is really hard to say exactly what these symptoms are secondary to with limited information over the internet. I think it is unlikely to be anything serious though.

  12. QUESTION:
    Someone please help! Similar experiences please??
    I usually have a 30 day cycle, with a 13-14 day LP. I am not due for AF til the 25th, and have been TTC (BD 1/7-1/14, during peak fertile period). I have had several early pregnancy symptoms this month, and yesterday had one brown spot when I was using the restroom...today it was the same thing, but now it's thicker and turning to red blood (sorry, TMI). I have almost lost all symptoms except a severe back ache and some cramping. My cervix has been high, soft and closed since ovulation, which is not normal for me. Usually within 24 hours of ovulation it is low hard and open again. Now it is open slightly, but still high and soft. What could this indicate? Anyone had a similar experience? Serious answers with explanations only please, I am very emotional right now. Thank you.

    Other symptoms include: very sore breasts, headaches, mood swings, diziness, nausea, indigestion, bloating...now it has all disappeared. =(
    I was using OPK's this cycle and got my last positive on 1/12

    • ANSWER:
      Giving the dates you gave, I'm guessing you are approximately 1 week past ovulation?
      If so, that would be perfect timing for implantation spotting. This usually happens 6 dpo - 12 dpo. If the spotting stops then I would figure that is what is going on. It usually only lasts a short period of time. If it doesn't stop and your AF arrives early, you may have possibly O'd early this cycle.
      GOOD LUCK

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to cramp during early pregnancy?
    I'm around 5 weeks pregnant and i been cramping not bad but i just get cramps especially at night so is this normal. My first ultarsound won't be until the 29th so i can't see a doctor any sooner and i don't have any insurance im only 17 so this is the only free doctor i could get since i went to a pregnancy center. Anyways i just want to know if this is normal did you have this through out your pregnancy or is this something to be worrying about because im kind of worried and i want everything to be fine. Also what can i take for heartburn and indigestion can i just take tums or does it have to be something else. Thanks so much for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      cramping is normal and you will feel it off and on during the pregnancy. It is your uterus stretching. Unless you see blood and the cramps are so severe you want to scream in pain then your fine.

      Tums are good for heartburn but so is milk. Vitamin D for the baby. :)

  14. QUESTION:
    Really bad stomach cramps? ?
    I left school early today because I wasn't feeling well. It's like there's something poking really hard inside my stomach, and it hurts. It's like cramps. It started right after I ate lunch. I am 13 years old, and I haven't started my periods yet. My mom thinks these cramps might mean that I will get it soon. It really hurts and I already took an Advil. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Many things can cause abdominal pain and it can sometimes be hard to know the exact cause of the pain. Examples of some
      of the causes of pain in the abdomen are:
      •indigestion or heartburn
      •stomach flu
      •food poisoning
      •food allergy
      •stress and anxiety
      •gastritis (an irritation of the stomach lining)
      •constipation
      •menstruation
      •ulcers
      •hernia
      •urinary tract infection
      •muscle strain
      •disease or infection in the uterus
      •pregnancy, childbirth, and changing hormone levels during breast-feeding.
      Sometimes abdominal pain is caused by a problem in another part of the body, such as the lungs or the heart. For
      example, a heart attack can cause upper abdominal pain.
      You cannot always tell how serious the cause is from the severity of the pain. Mild conditions such as gas or stomach
      flu may cause severe pain, while more serious problems such as cancer may cause relatively mild pain.

      The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Often there are simple things you can do to feel better:
      •Put a heating pad set at low or a covered hot water bottle on your belly.
      •Take a warm bath.
      •If the cramps may be stress-related, relaxation techniques may help.
      •If you also have gas and bloating, it may be relieved with nonprescription medicine that contains simethicone.
      •Antacids may help to relieve indigestion, heartburn, and nausea.
      •Nonprescription pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve menstrual pain, but aspirin and
      ibuprofen can make an upset stomach worse.
      If you go to your healthcare provider's office for treatment, your provider will examine you, review your medical
      history, and ask for details about the pain and other symptoms. You may have some tests. Your treatment will depend on
      your provider's diagnosis.

      Call your provider if you have:
      •constant severe pain
      •pain that comes and goes
      •pain that is getting worse
      •pain with shortness of breath
      •pain with bloody vomit or bloody bowel movements.

  15. QUESTION:
    Pregnant and in severe pain. What can I do for major indigestion?
    I am in so much pain I can't sleep. Earlier tonight it was so bad I couldn't get comfortable in any position, sitting or standing, and it was taking my breathe away. I am convinced it is indigestion/constipation. I haven't had any problems with this until now, (I am 31 weeks) because I eat a bowl of Total every day and it has kept me from having this problem. But now I am in trouble. It didn't work today. I have been laying down for hours, and I would like to eat but I really don't think it's a good idea because what's in my system from the last 24 hours hasn't passed yet and is causing a LOT of pain. Is there ANYTHING I can take/do to help me feel better/go to the bathroom?? I would do anything to go to the bathroom right now. I know it would solve everything, LoL. Please help. Please tell me there is something I can do.

    • ANSWER:
      All of these are safe to take during pregnancy-

      Metamucil
      Citrucil
      Fiberall/Fibercon
      Colace
      Milk of Magnesia
      Senekot

      And you can take tums for heartburn...which doesn't mean your baby will have hair!
      My first son I had no heartburn at all...he was born with a full head of hair. My second child I had heartburn the whole 9 months and he was born bald! I think the heartburn burns all the hair off...lol

  16. QUESTION:
    I have sharp pains in my stomach :( ?
    I'm having sharp pains in my stomach, not constant but every now and again
    i dont feel sick or anything but its just annoying me now, I don't know whether its because I've eaten so much christmas food or something? Lol. =/ it only started earlier. Help? Lol :)

    HolzieCullen..x

    • ANSWER:
      It could be numerous things. I know I have weak stomach lining.. so I cant eat greasy food.. but it varies person to person... best thing to do is get it checked....

      dont just think since you ate some extra holiday food that its that..it could be more serious.. you could even be developing an ulcer....... hurry and get it checked... things like that should never be overlooked...

      Just about everybody at one point or another will experience abdominal pain. Most of the causes of abdominal pain are not serious and can be readily diagnosed and treated. However, pain can also be a sign of a serious illness. It is important to be able to recognize symptoms that are severe and know when to call a doctor.

      What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?
      Whether it is a mild stomach ache, sharp pain or stomach cramps, abdominal pain has numerous causes. These include:

      Indigestion
      Constipation
      Stomach "flu"
      Menstrual cramps
      Food poisoning
      Food allergies
      Gas
      Lactose intolerance
      Ulcers
      Pelvic inflammatory disease
      Hernia
      Gallstones
      Kidney stones
      Endometriosis
      Crohn's disease
      Urinary tract infection
      Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
      What Symptoms of Abdominal Pain Are Cause for Concern?
      If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible:

      Fever
      Inability to keep food down for several days
      Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
      Vomiting blood
      Bloody stools
      Difficulty breathing
      Painful or unusually frequent urination
      The pain occurs during pregnancy
      The abdomen is tender to the touch
      The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen in the previous days
      The pain lasts for several days
      These symptoms can be an indication of an internal problem that requires treatment as soon as possible.

      How Is the Cause of Abdominal Pain Determined?
      Because there are so many potential causes of abdominal pain, your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination, discuss with you the type of symptoms you are experiencing, and ask you several related questions about the pain you are feeling. These questions may include:

      What type of pain are you experiencing? Is the pain throughout your abdomen or is it confined to a particular area?
      Where in your abdomen does the pain seem to be located?
      What type of pain are you experiencing? Is it stabbing and severe? Is it a dull ache?
      When does the pain occur? Always? More often in the morning or at night? If the pain comes and goes, about how long does it last each time? Does it occur after eating certain types of foods or after drinking alcohol? During menstruation?
      How long have you had this pain?
      Does the pain also radiate in your lower back, shoulder, groin or buttocks?
      Are you currently taking any medications or herbal supplements?
      Are you pregnant?
      Does any activity such as eating or lying on one side relieve the pain?
      Have you been injured recently?
      Once an initial evaluation has been completed, your doctor may have you undergo some tests to help him or her diagnose your pain. These may include stool or urine tests, barium swallows or enemas, an endoscopy, x-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.

      How Is Abdominal Pain Treated?
      Treating abdominal pain depends on its cause. This can range from medications for inflammation, GERD or ulcers, to antibiotics for infections, to changes in personal behavior for abdominal pain caused by certain foods or beverages. In some cases such as appendicitis and hernia, surgery is necessary.

  17. QUESTION:
    Severe abdominal pain 5 weeks pregnant?
    I'm supposed to go to the doctor tomorrow or Tuesday but this is freaking me out, even though my mom and sister reassured me. I got up and went to church with my mom this morning. Didn't eat breakfast because I didn't have time and I don't usually eat breakfast. Well, by the time lunch came I was starving. And by then I started to get hunger pangs. Then I ate a roll and I got worse after that. I had to go lay, or rather sit, in the car and ended up not eating. My mom understood and we just brought my food with me home. By the time we got to the house the pain had eased (about 30 minutes later) but I laid down anyway. Eventually the pain went away but my lower abdomen still felt sore, as if someone had punched it hard and I was recovering from the pain. I still feel that way now, hours later.

    We all think it was gas, as I have had this pain before. The pain started in my lower abdomen, would sometimes burn up my chest, and I had a sharp pain shooting through my rectum (now that pain I've had before). My lower back hurt also and still does some. The pain went away, like it has in the past, but I still have this sore, aching stomach. Like a dull pain. Now, this was very painful but it wasn't so painful that I was crying. I just couldn't pretend that everything was okay while I ate because it wasn't. Not to mention I didn't want to eat anything.

    While sitting in church earlier, my chest and stomach felt a little weird and gassy. And I had the urge to go to the bathroom this morning and during service but couldn't go. I did have a bowel movement earlier and passed gas and felt better afterward.

    Now..my problem is the after soreness and ache. Is that normal with gas pain? Could it possibly be my uterus also stretching to prepare? I guess it just scares me because I'm pregnant and I have no idea if this could be a sign of a miscarriage or even an ectopic pregnancy or if I'm just freaking out for nothing.

    I've had no bleeding at all. Just the (gas?) pains. I'll go to a doctor, yes, but until I do I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
    Also, though the pain has eased, it still hurts it when I cough or laugh or move too fast, as if a muscle or something is bruised or strained.

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch!! I think you should keep an eye out for bleeding, when you go see the doctors tell them. It could be just really really bad gas and indigestion, I remember having that so bad when I first found out I was pregnant. It was horrible! Also, it could be just round ligaments pain from your growing uterus. I tend to be a bit achy too, my back has been killing me! As well as an achy feeling in my lower abdomen, so I feel you there! Don't worry too much, wait for the doctors to let you know! As for the rectum pain, I TOTALLY get that lol. That's normal in pregnancy. Don't worry! Best of luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    can early preg symptom be heartburn?
    i never had heartburn in my life, until about 24 weeks into mylast preg and i didnt even know what it was i had to ask my sister what i was feeling thats when i started to realised what it was, i think i may be preg as we ttc on my ovulation dates 16-20 sept,
    since 25th i have had severe tiredness and burning in my chest as well as an odd morning of feeling light headed and cramps as well as tenderness in pelvic region. i never get any period symptoms nor ovulation symptoms so what i wanted to know is that is heartburn an early preg sign and can a woman have all these symptoms so soon if conception has taken place. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      YES it absolutely can be a symptom! It doesn't usually occur until later in the pregnancy

      HOWEVER Heartburn occurs when the valve between the stomach and the food pipe (esophagus) are unable to prevent the stomach acids from passing back into the esophagus. Pregnancy can increase the frequency of heartburn because the hormone progesterone causes the valve to relax. This allows the stomach acid to pass into the esophagus and irritate the lining.

      Heartburn and indigestion are more common during the third trimester because the growing uterus puts pressure on the intestines and the stomach. The pressure on the stomach may also push contents back up into the esophagus.

      Your body starts producing progesterone in high amounts during the first trimester because this is the hormone that maintains the pregnancy until the placenta takes over at 12 weeks

  19. QUESTION:
    IS ANYONE ELSE 7DPO? HOW ARE YOU FEELING? ANYONE TESTED YET?
    me

    - bloated
    - gassy
    - cramping on and off
    - peeing a bit more than usual
    - eating everything!

    could be signs of pms, but it usually doesn't happen until a say or 2 before my period.

    baby dust to everyone!
    the only thing i ever get before a period is cramping 1-2 days before... my period is not due for another 6 days.
    good luck Kim!!

    • ANSWER:
      Mostly early pregPregnancy Signs

      By Rachel Lower

      Sore and Tender Breasts, Enlarged Breasts, Bumps Around Nipples Enlarged (Montgomery's Tubercules), 'Blue Veins' (Veins More Apparent), Darkening of Areolas, Colostrum, Fullness, Tingling Nipples
      Tenderness of the breasts can start as early as a few days after conception. Other breast changes occur anytime in the first trimester.

      Basil Body Temperature Remains High
      If you chart your bbt, you will notice your temperature remains high.

      Missed Period (Amenorrhoea), Extremely Light Period, Implantation Bleeding, Spotting
      Menstruation is usually absent throughout your entire pregnancy. You may have a bit of spotting or scantly menstrual flow. Implantation bleeding can occur between 5-10 days after conception, though only in about 5% of all women.

      Abdomen Enlarged, Bloating, Cramping, Uterus Enlarged, Uterus Shape Changed, Weight Gain, Blue Lines on Abdomen, Darkening of Line From Navel to Pubis (Linea Nigra)
      Within two weeks of conception your uterus starts enlarging. Minimal, slight cramping and bloating may also occur. You can start "showing" from 8 weeks. Those who have had a previous pregnancy should find themselves "popping out" sooner then they did the first time around. The line from your navel to pubis can appear in your 4th or 5th month. Blue lines may appear on your abdomen as they may on your breasts.

      Cervix Softening (Goodell's Sign), Chadwick's Sign (Bluish Tinge to the Vagina and Cervix), Vaginal Discharge Changes
      Goodell's and Chadwick's signs both occur in the first trimester. Vaginal discharge can be varied, and often a golden discharge is an early sign of pregnancy. Beware of infections and have them treated asap.

      Frequent Urination
      Frequent urination usually begins 6-12 weeks after conception.

      Food Cravings, Hunger, Thirst, Indigestion, Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Nausea, Vomitting (Morning Sickness, any time of the day), Ptyalism (Excessive Salivation), Sense of Smell Increased, Some Smells Nauseating
      Morning sickness usually appears 2-7 weeks after conception. All of these symptoms could pop up in the first trimester.

      Fatigue, Sleeping Problems
      Early in pregnancy many women find themselves more tired than usual. Other symptoms can cause problems when trying to sleep at night, such as sore breasts making it hard to get into a comfortable position.

      Mood Swings
      Hormones and normal anxieties can cause mood swings through out pregnancy.

      Aches and Pains, Backaches, Frequent Headaches, Nosebleeds, Stuffy Noses, Sinus Problems
      Hormones, blood circulation, and the load on your body can cause these symptoms at various times in pregnancy. The doctor should be called if any of them are severe or persistent.

      Quickening (Fetal Movement), Braxton Hicks Contractions
      Intermittent painless contractions can occur early in pregnancy, and will increase in frequency. Fetal movement is noticeable starting at 14-20 weeks.

      Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Acne, Skin Pigmentation Changes, "Puffy" Face, Red and Itchy Palms and Soles, Itching, Perspiration, Heat Rashes, Bluish and Blotchy Legs, Varicose Veins, Changes in Hair, Nails, etc.
      During the entire pregnancy one may wonder who's skin they are in!
      symptoms....

  20. QUESTION:
    ? Tips for avoiding regression of bulimia?
    Here's the deal: I've been doing okay for a while on my own. I've had food issues for almost all of my adult life. (I'm 30 now).

    I am able to help othes with this issue, but not myself. This drives me crazy.

    I am okay for a little while, but tend to do things in cycles.
    I go back and forth between wanting and needing to be healthy (and working and making an effort) for a few months, then going right back into it. (I've put on and kept on almost 10lbs since November. Though i was so undernourished that i only gained/lost a 2lb difference all of that month.) Last weigh in was 122.4 two days ago, and i had lost 4lbs since the previous week). I'm 5'6 1/2 if that helps.

    I trade off periods of self-starvation for the binge-purge cycle. BUT for me a binge isn't what it used to be. (Years back, when it was severe it could be literally thousands upon thousands of calories; but i restrict my diet generally to under a healthy amount, maybe less than 10g fat a day and 1500 calories INCLUDING coffee which i drink insane amounts of (I've done this for years) so a binge for me is eating more than once a day OR a full meal).
    I have not induced vomiting by various means, nor taken any kind of aids to help rid the food in a long while BUT i still make myself sick by various food combinations that I KNOW will do it. This is depleting my body of needed nutrition.

    Anyways, i have been rather proud of myself because i've mangaged to NOT intentionally throwup in a great while (though, i have thrown up due to an ulcer now and again). I WAS proud of myself for putting on weight that i needed to (I'm mostly all muscle, so for me 115 lbs appears as though i am 100 lbs; though i have weighed as little as 100 lbs a while back).

    Anyways, periodically i would have the urge to make myself sick and i'd refuse to do it. It was only a slight thought. BUT this week i actually am having issues again with feeling the strong need to throwup, even after a yogurt BUT especially after what to someone else would be a normal meal (a salad, or a soup or etc). I have not had such a compulsion in a long while and i am thinking that it is due to an increase in stress AND the fact that i have put on weight that i am upset about on some level. But i know the tendency that i have to do this, and it is bothering me that i am again feeling the need to do this.

    THIS is not a new problem with me. I've had food issues since i was about 12, though it didn't get too severe until i was in my early 20s and has let up significantly only in the last 3 years or so. This issue has persisted in me for a very long time such that my body literally was in shut-down more more than once a few years back; i've basically wrecked my GI tract, wrecked my teeth to the point of the satisfaction and giggles of others -- paying thousands to have work done that needs to now be re-done because it only got worse) and i have an ulcer that bleeds off and on in addition to other issues. Also, it was told me that part of the depression that i experience could be that i have thrown my body out of wack from years of not eating or eating properly. (I'm a Veg and I've food allergies, so junk food is never an issue; eating ANY food in general is though *sighs*)

    To finish (sorry) I am back to eating only once a day (which has pretty much been normal for me for years) but i was doing well eating three times a day for a few months. And nearly almost "real meals" instead of a yogurt or something. And i am kind of depressed about it.

    What can i do, aside from sheer will power, to avoid this overwhelming feeling of the need to get the food out? (I cannot afford to damage my body any more than it is, and i feel like to dive back into this would make me even worse off emotionally because i am working to get better and have been consistent in this for a long while; give or take minor details).

    Any tips or suggestions would be just fabulous. Thanks.
    xoxo ?
    PS: I do not weigh myself everyday because of the tendency to obsess, AND i have to curb exercise so that i do not obsess either. So, suggesting more of either of these two will not be helpful to me. I do both now, in moderation as it has worked for me to do it this way for a long while.

    Also, please do not suggest some kind of program that specializes as I will not go. I refuse to and it is out of the question. I don't need it. I'm am doing this on my own. No one has ever helped me with this at all. And i do not want help from people, just tips on how i can do better for myself.
    Thanks.
    *edit* Livin: well, i made that decision a few years ago when in one circumstance i began throwing up blood again; and two when i almost asphixiated because i couldn't stop throwing up long enough to catch my breath.
    It was pretty bad for a while - and i am too smart for my own good. I used emetics, laxs, and various food combos to make myself ill. It was never fake, my body was trained to expell food at the slightest hint of being full.
    I have done okay (not intentionally doing it in a great long while) but i make me sick in other ways.
    Anyways, *some* of the damage i've done to my body makes others laugh and gossip, but i hate them with a passion and wouldn't cry if they died tonight so i guess it matters little. You'd be surprised at the lowclass losers that i know.
    Anyways, i am trying to ignore such jealous talk, and focus on getting better; and i have hit a road block. I don't think i've eaten like a normal person regularly since 1998. *sighs* Thanks tho ?xoxo
    *edit* Minx & BeenThere: Thanks guys. ? xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      oh my sweet friend beans baby ..... i'm sorry this villain obsession is crushing you mate ........ i just wanna jump up and ((((Hugggle)))) you luv ....... i do have a rather precious idea for you to try ........... and i don't care if you giggle and twitter cos ima tell you anyway....... haha, just teasing........... i know you wouldn't laugh at moi........ try some herbal tea buddy....... the organic loose leaf variety of course.... the prepackaged tea bag and commercial varieties could never possibly be of any therapeutic benefit ...... and please ensure you still drink loads of water ... nothing substitutes for water and also to drink it through a straw ........ just put 1 - 2 teaspoons full into a pot ....... top with boiling water and brew for 10 mins ........... as it is organic you can reuse the spent leaves once or twice more as the essential oils in the tea are still so rich....... sip it through a straw to protect your precious little teeth from any further damage.

      Liquorice tea ........****aaaah, stamps feet & squeals....... i meant to say liquorice root tea****......... do you like the taste?? It will stabillise your blood sugar levels and help you maintain energy levels ...... it is an adrenal, antispasmodic, nutritive and rejuvenative ...... it will help to induce a feeling of peace, calm and harmony and will definitely help to soothe a ravaged digestive tract ... it will also regulate your system and have a slight diuretic affect ....... so keep up your water intake ....... i don't think it will stop you from wanting to purge but you never know .... if it calms you down it just might do that ....... but it will surely help relieve some of the stressfull symptoms and side affects.

      Liquorice tea is an excellent treatment for stomach cramps, indigestion caused by too much stomach acid, and ulcers of both the stomach and the mouth, because it also contains strong anti inflammatory properties ....... so it would therefore help to heal and soothe your inflamed gastrointestinal tract ..... all that acid coming back up would do more than a little damage hey ........... another key ingredient in liquorice root has an effect similar to synthetic cortisone, which explains its effectiveness in treating exhaustion of the adrenal glands. (In western medicine, cortisone is often prescribed for adrenal cortex malfunction)... what thismeans is that liquorice is excellent in counteracting exhaustion due to physical exertion or prolonged illness..... this ingredient also makes liquorice tea useful as a wash for psoriasis and eczema, conditions that are often treated with cortisone creams........ its been used for centuries as a treatment for asthma and the flu but they've recently shown that this herb also helps adrenal glands to recover after long periods of stress ....... and stress is what you're placing on your system mate.

      hmmm, after all that i have a sneaking suspicion you've told me before you don't like liquorice ........ oh i hope you do like it ........;0)

      ****
      CAUTION: people with diabetes, rapid heartbeat, hypertension or severe edema as well as those taking digoxin druge should avoid licorice.. it should also be avoided during pregnancy ... excessive use can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion so stick to 2 cups daily.
      ****

      as far as doing irreparable damage to your GI tract ... i for one believe that the human body has an absolutely AmAZiNg capacity to heal and regenerate ..... unfortunately, having food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies it seems to come with the territory that people end up having some kind of food obsession ........ but i know how strong you are and i also know that if i can heal my ravaged body from 20 years of heavy alcohol abuse and also from the ravages caused by unaddressed food intolerances that you can too ....... imean to say, the "Doctors" told me i couldn't have children from the damage i'd caused from copious amounts of drinking ...... and i went on to get pregnant naturally 3 times ....... and as soon as i addressed all my food intolerances my system was "spontaneously" regular ......... and it hadn't been my entire life .......or for at least as long as i can remember .......... 30 odd years of constipation and bad digestion and acid reflux blahblahblabh....... you have the youth benefit on me too ...... you're only 30 mate ..... i was 38 when i ditched the booze ........ and i was 43 when i addressed all my food intolerances ....... chin up mate ....... you can eat regular meals ..... eat loads of the living leafy green stuff and hang in there cos i know you can do this....... you're brain isn't in charge here ..... the foods you crave or want to eliminate aren't in charge here........ the bullies aren't in charge here....... YoU ArE ..... you are more than just your mind ....... you are running this show and i believe in the power of you ....... so do you ..... so say the words out loud and stop yourself from eating the things you know that you'll want to yak back up ........ stop yourself from wanting to purge when you get the urge ....... think about your precious little heart and shiny glossy hair and silky skin that needs all those vitamins to keep shining ...... do it because you CaN ....... do it because you are entitled to feel fabulous in your own skin........ ;0)

      sorry, i'm babbling again........ gosh, what a motor mouth i am .... sorry bout that ..... well, i'm not really ..... it just sounds good to say i am ...... haha, but you know that ....... hey, don't hassle me, i just luv ya and you deserve the BeSt...........;0)

      peace baby
      ?

  21. QUESTION:
    Nausea at 2 days past ovulation?
    Not sure if I'm pregnant or not but I'll try and keep it short.

    Had a fight with boyfriend of 3 months and was taking birth control pills for 2 months before that. Quit taking the pill since we were breaking up and didn't see any reason to stay on it. Made up and warned him I was off of it now since I was in the middle of my cycle and didn't want to screw it up. He went "all the way" a few times but has been pulling out now.

    I started taking OPK's so I would know when I was ovulating and therefore know when NOT to have sex (It's not that frequent anyway, maybe 3 times a week if that). Had a surge 16th and 17th of July. Had sex anyway the 16th and he pulled out in time, though I swear I felt a spurt before he pulled out. He says no.

    I was temping too and temperature has risen from 97,02, 97.21, and 97.27 so I'm fairly certain the 16th was ovulation day assuming my temps keep rising. OPK yesterday and today were negative.

    So here I am at 2DPO (I think) and I am so queasy. Overwhelming tiredness at 1pm hit and dozed off and on for 2 hours (not unusual there). Woke up so nauseous and light headed, swore I was going to throw up any second. I get dizzy and lightheaded just scrolling the pages on the internet. That's never happened. This would be my second pregnancy, my daughter is soon to be 7 at the end of this month and I planned on going back on birth control as soon as my period shows so I don't have to go through this again. So...

    Anyone felt symptoms this early and been pregnant or no? Thanks for the answers and please be nice and not rude.

    Oh and by the way, last time we used a condom I had a nasty yeast infection and found out from cousin and Aunt that it happens to them too so I couldn't use a condom for backup.

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy Signs

      By Rachel Lower

      Sore and Tender Breasts, Enlarged Breasts, Bumps Around Nipples Enlarged (Montgomery's Tubercules), 'Blue Veins' (Veins More Apparent), Darkening of Areolas, Colostrum, Fullness, Tingling Nipples
      Tenderness of the breasts can start as early as a few days after conception. Other breast changes occur anytime in the first trimester.

      Basil Body Temperature Remains High
      If you chart your bbt, you will notice your temperature remains high.

      Missed Period (Amenorrhoea), Extremely Light Period, Implantation Bleeding, Spotting
      Menstruation is usually absent throughout your entire pregnancy. You may have a bit of spotting or scantly menstrual flow. Implantation bleeding can occur between 5-10 days after conception, though only in about 5% of all women.

      Abdomen Enlarged, Bloating, Cramping, Uterus Enlarged, Uterus Shape Changed, Weight Gain, Blue Lines on Abdomen, Darkening of Line From Navel to Pubis (Linea Nigra)
      Within two weeks of conception your uterus starts enlarging. Minimal, slight cramping and bloating may also occur. You can start "showing" from 8 weeks. Those who have had a previous pregnancy should find themselves "popping out" sooner then they did the first time around. The line from your navel to pubis can appear in your 4th or 5th month. Blue lines may appear on your abdomen as they may on your breasts.

      Cervix Softening (Goodell's Sign), Chadwick's Sign (Bluish Tinge to the Vagina and Cervix), Vaginal Discharge Changes
      Goodell's and Chadwick's signs both occur in the first trimester. Vaginal discharge can be varied, and often a golden discharge is an early sign of pregnancy. Beware of infections and have them treated asap.

      Frequent Urination
      Frequent urination usually begins 6-12 weeks after conception.

      Food Cravings, Hunger, Thirst, Indigestion, Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Metallic Taste in Mouth, Nausea, Vomitting (Morning Sickness, any time of the day), Ptyalism (Excessive Salivation), Sense of Smell Increased, Some Smells Nauseating
      Morning sickness usually appears 2-7 weeks after conception. All of these symptoms could pop up in the first trimester.

      Fatigue, Sleeping Problems
      Early in pregnancy many women find themselves more tired than usual. Other symptoms can cause problems when trying to sleep at night, such as sore breasts making it hard to get into a comfortable position.

      Mood Swings
      Hormones and normal anxieties can cause mood swings through out pregnancy.

      Aches and Pains, Backaches, Frequent Headaches, Nosebleeds, Stuffy Noses, Sinus Problems
      Hormones, blood circulation, and the load on your body can cause these symptoms at various times in pregnancy. The doctor should be called if any of them are severe or persistent.

      Quickening (Fetal Movement), Braxton Hicks Contractions
      Intermittent painless contractions can occur early in pregnancy, and will increase in frequency. Fetal movement is noticeable starting at 14-20 weeks.

      Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Acne, Skin Pigmentation Changes, "Puffy" Face, Red and Itchy Palms and Soles, Itching, Perspiration, Heat Rashes, Bluish and Blotchy Legs, Varicose Veins, Changes in Hair, Nails, etc.
      During the entire pregnancy one may wonder who's skin they are in!

  22. QUESTION:
    Help with diagnosis of abdominal pain?
    I am a fifteen-year-old female grade nine student. I don't eat regularly, or eat healthily most of the time. Usually I skip lunch or breakfast, and sometimes supper. I'm 5'3 ½ and I'm about the right weight for my height and age. I have trouble falling asleep, and am usually up until midnight-2am. I get up at 7 am. So I usually get between 5-7 hours of sleep a night. I don't exercise regularly, either.

    Since about February (so for like 2 months), I've been feeling near-constant pain in my lower and left abdomen. I often get chills and cramps so bad that I have to double over. I also have to double over to muffle the gurgling sound coming from my stomach.

    It's not a gurgling from being hungry. It's quite different, and it sounds like it comes from my left side. Also, I drink a substance to curve my appetite so my stomach won't growl from hunger in class - therefore, it's not growling from being hungry, as the drink makes me feel full.

    My symptoms include: Dull pain near the navel, loss of appetite, nausea soon after abdominal pain begins, abdominal swelling, bloating, inability to pass gas - or too frequent gas, dull/sharp pain near my left/lower abdomen, severe cramps, constipation, weight loss, pain in the chest, behind breastbone (once or twice), coughing, hoarseness, indigestion, (I get secondhand smoke), weakness, pain/tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, chills, fever, stomach cramps, tiredness.

    I get dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when my stomach is empty, and sometimes goes away after eating. I don't think I digest properly, and sometimes feel nauseated. Often, I feel like I have to pas gas, but sometimes I can't, or I have to hold it in.

    Also - "Abdominal pain in IBS is often characterized as being intermittent or constant, tender upon palpation and can be relieved by passing gas or having a bowel movement. It has also been described along a range from mild to severe. The pain can become so severe that it can affect the sufferer's quality of life and cause the person to miss school, work, and other social events."

    My pain on the left/lower side ranges from mild to severe, and sometimes can be relieved by passing gas, having a bowel movement, or eating. Recently, it's been getting worse and worse and I keep missing school, and I fear that I may fail or something. But it's not my fault - it's so distracting that I can't think or concentrate, and it's hard to try and work when you can feel and hear your abdominal organs messing around.

    My symptoms point to some of the following:
    -Appendicitis
    -Esophageal Cancer (I don't think I have cancer)
    -IBS; Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    -Diverticulitis
    -A stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
    -Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
    -Small or large bowel obstruction
    -Ulcerative colitis (with pain in the left side)
    -Dysentery
    -A mass
    -A hernia (both my mom and her brother have them)
    -An obstruction
    -Indigestion
    -Constipation

    I can't go see a doctor right now because my mom has to fill out some forms. I would go to the walk-in clinic, but I'm not sure how much help they'll be. What would I tell the doctors anyway? I couldn't just give them the list of my symptoms, it would probably be shrugged off as indigestion or constipation. And I don't think this can be shrugged off as constipation or indigestion if it happens so frequently unless there's something wrong with my diet/body/lifestyle. But then - how would my diet cause fevers, chills, and so much pain?

    The pain comes and goes so I can't ever say when it will occur. The pain usually begins between 9:20am and 10:45am and continues to come and go throughout the day, and make gurgling sounds and cause cramps and pain.

    When the pain starts early in the day, like today - it began when I woke up - then I know it will last a while. And it has - ever since it started this morning, it's been acting up horribly, as usual - so I came home sick.

    I don't know how to describe the pain/symptoms/illness to my friends/family, because I don't know what it is I have. All I know is that I experience pain, bloating, loss of appetite, fever, chills, inability to pass gas - or too frequent gas, constipation, coughing (sometimes), indigestion (sometimes), weakness (sometimes), tiredness and cramps the most - but mostly just horrible pain and gurgling sounds.

    When it hurts my left side - it hurts my entire left side of my torso - it's so bad that I have to literally clutch my side, and dig my fingers into my skin. Applying pressure helps sometimes, but I also experience lower abdomen pain, like around my waist.

    So - what do you think it is? I don't know if it is just constipation or indigestion, or what it is I have.
    I don't want to overreact, because I think I might be, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. And I haven't gotten my booster shot since my first one - do you think that will make things worse for me?

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. Abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious condition. Fortunately, minor causes are much more frequent. Location of the pain can help in suggesting the cause.

      Appendix pain usually occurs in the right lower quarter of the abdomen.
      Diverticulitis usually hurts in the left lower quarter of the abdomen.
      Kidney pain, the back.
      Gallbladder, the right upper quarter.
      Stomach, the upper abdomen.
      Bladder or female organs, the lower areas.

      Exceptions to these rules do occur.
      Pain from hollow organs-such as the bowel or gallbladder-tends to be intermittent and resembles gas pain or colic. Pain from solid organs-kidneys, spleen, liver tends to be more constant. Stomach ulcers tend to create burning pain in the upper abdomen which usually gets better after a meal or a dose of antacid. There are exceptions to these rules as well.

      If the pain is very severe or if bleeding from the bowel occurs, see a doctor. Similarly, if there has been a significant recent abdominal injury, see the doctor-a ruptured spleen or other major problem is possible.
      Pain during pregnancy is potentially serious and must be evaluated. An "ectopic pregnancy"-in the fallopian rather than in the uterus-can occur before a woman is even aware she is pregnant. Pain in only one area suggests a more serious problem than generalized pain; again, there are exceptions. And good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant? Or is it just my period?
    So I have this APP on my phone called "my days" and a lot of people have had success using this to conceive, they say it works really well. It tells you when your ovulating and when your next period is according to when you put in your last period dates. My husband and I decided to start trying for a baby, and he ejaculated in me on the 28th of August for the first time, and then the next morning. I apparently had ovulation on the day he ejaculated, and it probably helped that I had sex again the next morning. We have had sex with ejaculation consistently for the last week since then as well and had sex this morning too. Over the last couple days my boobs have gotten huge! there are little white spots on my boobs, and I read that those occur when you get pregnant and they are some sort of symptom that is preparing the boobs for milk. I'm more dehydrated lately and I feel really heavy in my stomach and a bit lower. I'm really happy and elated, and excited, but I'm calm and not stressed at all. I've been getting hungry right after I eat a meal, and I've been having about 4 or 5 little meals a day.

    I take a pregnancy test this Thursday, and am hoping so much that I'm pregnant, I've wanted a baby since I got married. From everything I've listed do you think I'm pregnant? O and I have bloating and I had slight cramping, and I'm only 110 pounds and 5'2" so even though my sister in law thinks it's too early (but I think its because I'm small) I had 1 or 2 days that I felt incredibly nauseous when I was cooking some soup. Anyways fingers crossed! thanks
    O also my period is due this Saturday the 11th of September, so that will make it 2 weeks from "the sex". My boobs are really itchy, and I'm fatigued, and cried a few times within these last couple of days and my smells are really enhanced. I can smell right now about 50 different things haha. Thanks!
    thanks for answers so far, however I've NEVER gotten symptoms like this before, EVER right before I've gotten my period, it usually comes with a little cramping, but not continuous mild cramping and pressure, headaches, and so on. Thursday is sooo far away! I've been sweating a lot, and don't care what some people may say about "not getting those symptoms yet" well I AM! anyways thanks for the comments so far!
    o and i also have a blue vein pattern on my boobs

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy Symptoms
      Missed period – Note: some women experience implantation bleeding, which is light bleeding 6-12 days post ovulation. If you think you are pregnant and experience heavy bleeding, with severe cramping, consult your physician immediately. For more on bleeding during pregnancy, see below.

      Cramps- Moderate, not severe

      Frequent urination

      Increased cervical discharge

      Fatigue and sleepiness

      Nausea (with or without vomiting)

      Excessive salivation

      Stronger sense of smell

      Stronger gag reflex

      Cravings or food aversions

      Full, heavy, tender, sore breasts

      Darkening of the areola around the nipple

      Irritability

      Moodswings

      Weepy

      Break out’s on your skin

      Gas

      Heartburn

      Indigestion

      1.) Have you missed your period? (If you got your period but it was really light, see Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms).

      2.) Are you more tired than normal? Feel sluggish...exhausted? (Am I pregnant, or just run down????)

      3.) Do your breasts hurt or feel full? Has the areola of the nipple turned darker? (Am I pregnant, or is this normal for me when I get my period?)

      4.) Are you nauseas, or vomiting? (Am I pregnant or could I have a cold or virus?)

      5.) Has your mood changed? Do you feel crabby, and weepy? (Am I pregnant or do I just have PMS?)

      6.) Have you noticed an increase in your cervical discharge? (Am I pregnant or just getting my period?)

      7.) Are you having cravings for certain foods? Or opposite, Aversions to certain foods? (Am I pregnant, or do I just have a cold or virus?)

      8.) Are you crampy? (Am I pregnant, or just getting my period?)

      9.) Are you having headaches? (Am I pregnant, or are headaches normal for me around my period?)

      10.) Have you felt bloated and uncomfortable? (Am I pregnant, or am I just bloated from PMS?)

      11.) Have you had a positive pregnancy test?

      Lets see how you did with our Online Pregnancy Test!
      If you answered yes to this many questions to the Online Pregnancy Test, YOU...
      1-3 MOST LIKELY ARE NOT PREGNANT

      4-6 PROBABLY ARE PREGNANT

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  24. QUESTION:
    Pelvic pain?
    Since yesteray evening i've been having sharp pain every now and then around my pelvic area. It started to hurt right after i got home from the gym. It feels like menstrual pain but my period is only in 2 weeks. I also feel a little bloated.What should i do? Should i wait another day or two or should i call the doc straight away.

    • ANSWER:
      You could be ovulating. Occasionally, women will feel pain during ovulation.

      It could also be gas or indigestion. It's easy to confuse menstrual cramps with gas/digestion pains. Feeling bloated can be caused by indigestion as well.

      Early pregnancy feels very much like that as well pains in your belly/feeling bloated. If there is any possibility that you may be pregnant, you can take a test especially if your period doesn't come.

      You may also be experiencing an irregular menstural cycle this month and could start menstrating soon or you might be experiencing pms. For some women PMS starts this early all though this is not very common.

      Personally, I wouldn't worry about your symptoms if it were happening to me and the pains were not very severe, but of course you can always see your doctor or call a 24 hour nurse hotline and see what is suggested.

  25. QUESTION:
    Period pains, but no period. Help?
    My period carried on for 7 days and has now been gone for 3 days. But i am still having excrutiating period pain. Please can some one help, I dont have money to see a gyne.

    • ANSWER:
      Cramping But No Period: Why

      Cramping during menstruation period is quite normal. Contraction of uterine muscles discharge the uterine lining from the body. Muscular cramping causes abdominal cramps. The pain is quite normal and is a healthy sign of normal cycles. The two hormones, estrogen and progesterone start playing a key role. Once the menstrual cycle is over, your body starts preparing itself once again for ovulation. Thus, mild cramping during ovulation is a genuine symptom, unless it becomes severe.

      The most common reason behind cramping without period is delayed menstrual cycle. It normally happens if you are experiencing stress (physical and mental) or getting exposed to environmental changes. Your food habits and lifestyle also play an important role in controlling the activity of hormones. Delayed periods is one of the effects of disturbance in ovulation process and cramping takes place more often. It might also result from endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Both the conditions are extremely painful, marked by severe cramping.

      Period like symptoms or menstrual cramping without periods is also included under premenstrual syndrome. It's very irritating to experience the cramps without occurrence of periods. Other symptoms associated with PMS are nausea, dizziness, morning sickness, mood swings, lack of sexual activity, loss of appetite, etc. The cramps actually indicate that your periods are about to start within a day or two. However, when you get persistent cramps but no period, then some other factors might also be associated with it.

      Cramping like symptoms without periods is an early sign of pregnancy. Such conditions are often confused with periods. Cramping in early pregnancy occurs because the uterine muscles expands to implant the embryo. Expansion of muscles causes much pain around the abdominal region and this is once again normal. But what would be the reason if you get a negative pregnancy test and simultaneously experience cramping without periods? Negative pregnancy test, cramping and no periods if occur at the same time, then you need an immediate medical check up. Severe cramping could be due to internal complications. The most common being Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or ovarian cyst. PCOS occurs due to rise in androgen levels. It leads to formation of multiple cysts in the ovary. PCOS if not diagnosed at early stages causes infertility. If you observe irregular periods and experience severe cramping, then get yourself diagnosed properly to rule out any underlying condition. Disturbances in periods also arise if you are suffering from thyroid gland disorders and indigestion problems.

      You can definitely wait a week or so if your periods are getting delayed but make sure you go for a medical check up if the condition prevails and your periods are missed. You should never neglect any internal health complications to avoid aggravation of the symptoms.

  26. QUESTION:
    5 weeks pregnant and??
    Hello all!! I'm 5 weeks pregnant and I'm burping a lot. I had cereal to eat this morning so I do think it is from that. Could it be nausea? Did anyone else do it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's normal! Your digestion changes dramatically during pregnancy, whether you have a lot of symptoms or not. In the early weeks, things start moving around to make room for the baby. As your uterus expands, your digestive tract and stomach are pushed upward and back, which can cause you to process food more slowly. The extra pressure can cause a range of things - indigestion, gas, and heartburn are all very common. I remember I always wanted to burp in the early weeks but couldn't - it constantly felt like there was a little munchkin of some sort standing underneath my stomach pushing upward. My severe morning sickness caused me to vomit a lot instead, and I was completely miserable for 15 weeks or so. Congrats and best of luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    i have really sharp pains im only about 4 weeks pregnant.?
    I thought i was 9 weks pregnant because thats the last time i remember i had my menstrual cycle. But today i had an ultra sound to see where i was really at. come to find out i was only about 4 weeks. Well theres a problem i have and im not sure. I've never been PG before so this is my first. I get these really sharp pains once in a while. Like so bad when i lay down or sit down. it feels like someone is stabbing me inside and dragging the knife down my lower stomach area. Im not sure if this is normal. They happen at least once or twice every day or other day. Also my stomach feels oooh so bloaded and i cant eat what i want to because my morning sickness is like all-day everyday sickness. Then on top of that some times i get back aches in my lower back areas. i knoe the morning sickness is normal but the sharp pains and back aches. Can some one tell me whats going on with me??? im so lost.....

    • ANSWER:
      Sharp, shooting pains on either side of your stomach may result from the stretching tissue supporting your growing uterus. These pains may also travel down your thigh and into your leg.

      Recommendations:
      1.Change your position or activity until you are comfortable; avoid sharp turns or movements.
      2.If you have a sudden pain in your abdomen, bend forward to the point of pain to relieve tension and relax the tissue.
      3.Apply a hot water bottle, heating pad, or take a warm bath or shower.
      4.Try massage.
      5.Make sure you are getting enough fluids.
      6.Take Tylenol (acetaminophen), occasionally.

      Contact your doctor if the pain is severe or constant or if you are less than 36 weeks pregnant and you have signs of labor.

      Heartburn (indigestion) is a burning feeling that starts in the stomach and seems to rise to the throat. It occurs during pregnancy because your digestive system works more slowly due to changing hormone levels. Also, your enlarged uterus can crowd your stomach, pushing stomach acids upward.

      Recommendations:
      1.Eat several small meals each day instead of three large meals.
      2.Eat slowly.
      3.Drink warm liquids such as herbal tea.
      4.Avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods, or any foods that seem to give you indigestion.
      5.Don't lie down directly after eating.
      6.Keep the head of your bed higher than the foot of your bed. Or, place pillows under your shoulders to prevent stomach acids from rising into your chest.
      7.Don't mix fatty foods with sweets in one meal and try to separate liquids and solids at meals.
      8.Try heartburn relievers such as Tums, Maalox, Titralac, Mylanta, Riopan, or Gaviscon.

      An upset stomach is one of the most common discomforts during pregnancy. Nausea is a result of hormonal changes and most often occurs early in pregnancy until your body adjusts to the increased production of hormones.

      Nausea can begin in early pregnancy, but is usually gone by the fourth month. It can occur at any time of the day but may be worse in the morning when your stomach is empty (this is often called "morning sickness") or if you are not eating enough.

      Recommendations:
      1.If nausea is a problem in the morning, eat dry foods like cereal, toast or crackers before getting out of bed. Or, try eating a high-protein snack such as lean meat or cheese before going to bed (protein takes longer to digest).
      2.Eat small meals or snacks every 2-3 hours rather than three large meals. Eat slowly and chew your food completely.
      3.Sip on fluids throughout the day. Avoid large amounts of fluids at one time. Try cool, clear fruit juices, such as apple or grape juice.
      4.Avoid spicy, fried, or greasy foods.
      5.If you are bothered by strong smells, eat foods cold or at room temperature and avoid odors that bother you.
      6.Talk to your doctor about taking vitamin B6 or other treatments.

      Contact your doctor if your vomiting is constant or so severe that you can't keep fluids or foods down. This can cause dehydration and should be treated right away.

      Backaches are usually caused by the strain put on the back muscles, changing hormone levels, and changes in your posture.

      Recommendations:
      1.Wear low-heeled (but not flat) shoes.
      2.Avoid lifting heavy objects.
      3.Squat down with your knees bent when picking things up instead of bending down at the waist.
      4.Don't stand on your feet for long periods. If you need to stand for long periods, place one foot on a stool or box for support.
      5.Sit in a chair with good back support, or place a small pillow behind your lower back. Also place your feet on a footrest or stool.
      6.Check that your bed is firm. If needed, put a board between the mattress and box spring.
      7.Sleep on your left or right side with a pillow between your legs for support.
      8.Apply a hot water bottle, heating pad on low setting, take a warm bath or shower, or try massage.
      9.Perform exercises, as advised by your doctor, to make your back muscles stronger and help relieve the soreness.
      10.Maintain good posture. Standing up straight will ease the strain on your back.

      Contact your doctor if you have a low backache that goes around your stomach and does not go away within one hour after you change position or rest. This might be a sign of premature labor.

  28. QUESTION:
    period pains without a period?
    Hi for the past week ive been having real bad period painns. but its only one one side mainly. and everytime ive been to the loo theres a little spotting as if im going to come on and then its stops. and a couple days later it started again. and then it stopped again. now ive had no signs since 4 days ago now but im still getting realy bad pains. has anyone ever had this before?
    no i normally get pains two days b4 and they only last a few days i only have one tube as i had an eptopic before and my breast arnt even tender this time ive never suffered with pains without haveing a period for this length of time. and its not normal for me.. Thanks ill go get a liver count done. and as for pregnant its very hard to get me pregnant as i only have one tube and a very low fertility count.

    • ANSWER:
      Cramping But No Period: Why

      Cramping during menstruation period is quite normal. Contraction of uterine muscles discharge the uterine lining from the body. Muscular cramping causes abdominal cramps. The pain is quite normal and is a healthy sign of normal cycles. The two hormones, estrogen and progesterone start playing a key role. Once the menstrual cycle is over, your body starts preparing itself once again for ovulation. Thus, mild cramping during ovulation is a genuine symptom, unless it becomes severe.

      The most common reason behind cramping without period is delayed menstrual cycle. It normally happens if you are experiencing stress (physical and mental) or getting exposed to environmental changes. Your food habits and lifestyle also play an important role in controlling the activity of hormones. Delayed periods is one of the effects of disturbance in ovulation process and cramping takes place more often. It might also result from endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Both the conditions are extremely painful, marked by severe cramping.

      Period like symptoms or menstrual cramping without periods is also included under premenstrual syndrome. It's very irritating to experience the cramps without occurrence of periods. Other symptoms associated with PMS are nausea, dizziness, morning sickness, mood swings, lack of sexual activity, loss of appetite, etc. The cramps actually indicate that your periods are about to start within a day or two. However, when you get persistent cramps but no period, then some other factors might also be associated with it.

      Cramping like symptoms without periods is an early sign of pregnancy. Such conditions are often confused with periods. Cramping in early pregnancy occurs because the uterine muscles expands to implant the embryo. Expansion of muscles causes much pain around the abdominal region and this is once again normal. But what would be the reason if you get a negative pregnancy test and simultaneously experience cramping without periods? Negative pregnancy test, cramping and no periods if occur at the same time, then you need an immediate medical check up. Severe cramping could be due to internal complications. The most common being Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or ovarian cyst. PCOS occurs due to rise in androgen levels. It leads to formation of multiple cysts in the ovary. PCOS if not diagnosed at early stages causes infertility. If you observe irregular periods and experience severe cramping, then get yourself diagnosed properly to rule out any underlying condition. Disturbances in periods also arise if you are suffering from thyroid gland disorders and indigestion problems.

      You can definitely wait a week or so if your periods are getting delayed but make sure you go for a medical check up if the condition prevails and your periods are missed. You should never neglect any internal health complications to avoid aggravation of the symptoms


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