Feeling an intense chest pain? Don’t know why is it happening? Is it coming every now and then? Are you anxious if it is a heart attack?
Relax…Relax… It’s alright…you are just enjoying the company of your pregnancy conditions. This is chest pain accompanying your pregnancy.
What does chest pain feel like?
It is an intense pain, burning sensation and discomforting feeling felt in the chest area – usually on the left-hand side or the center of the chest. There are chances that you may misunderstand the chest pain with a heart attack, and in some cases, the chest pain which you thought is normal turns out to be a heart attack.
The possible reasons for the chest pain:
- Bloating: swelling in the abdominal area, with gas accumulation.
- Indigestion: difficulty in digesting food, as a result, a person experience pain in the stomach.
- Acid reflux: the condition when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, as a result, heartburn occurs.
- The growing tummy: as your baby is growing inside, the organ systems in the mother’s body shift upwards, the rib cage widens, as a result of this there is an increase in pressure in the chest area, hence chest pain.
- Stress: during the normal days, when you have an increased tension, stress and anxiousness, you feel an increase in the number of heartbeats or beating faster, a feeling of pain or a kind of fog clouded in the chest area. As you become pregnant the stress level increases as a consequence she may feel chest pain.
- An increase in the size of breast: the growing breast leads to pain, and during pregnancy, it’s a sure thing to happen. This will create a tension on the chest wall muscles, as an outcome chest pain occurs.
If you have chest pain alone and it comes after you eat or lie down, it is a normal pregnancy state. If chest pains are accompanied by the below-mentioned situations then consult a doctor or call for an ambulance or your husband – relatives immediately.
So when should you worry about Chest pains?
- When you have chest pains frequently
- Intense pain from the shoulder to limb
- Trouble in breathing
What are the remedies/solutions?
- Do not eat much spicy foods during your pregnancy period.
- Eat small meals every now and then rather than eating one big meal at once.
- Eat healthy foods, green vegetables, salads, yogurt – curds, nuts and with the recommendation of your health care provider eat vitamin supplements.
- Do not give way to acidity.
- Do not sleep as soon as you finish your meal. Wait for 2 hours and let the food get digested.
- If you feel you are having indigestion then eat light foods like oats, salads, rice soup, soup, and juices for 1-2 days.
- Correct your posture, as the center of gravity of pregnant woman shifts forward, to cope up pregnant women tend to bend/lean backward. This leaning backward might cause a tension in the chest muscle.
- Keep a cushion on your back while sitting, this will support your chest area. Use another pillow below your leg to reduce swelling.
- Sleep on your left side, this will allow an increased blood and nutrients reaching your placenta.
3. Lifestyle – stress:
- Make some changes in your regular routine to give time for yourself and your family. This will relax you and give away your stress, tension, and anxiousness.
- Stay in less noisy areas and use dark rooms for sleeping.
- Avoid situations that gives you stress; take a break always.
- You need to exercise during your pregnancy to keep your body and mind fit. You are not recommended to do all the exercises, as some are going to affect your pregnancy.
- Check out Painless and effective workout exercises for pregnant women for the exercises you can do.
- Do yoga for a peaceful mind. This will help you flush out unwanted toxins and problems from your body. And have a relaxed chest and heart.
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.
- Do not drink a lot of coffee.
Even if you feel you are having a normal chest pain, consult your gyno and take the tests. As there are other severe reasons which can cause this; such as clots inside the blood which have reached the chest area, heart attacks, blood accumulation in between the layers of the aorta, which will lead to the aortic rupture etc. Get relief from your doctor’s confirmation and medication to solve the issue. Do the above-mentioned treatment so as to avoid chest pains from coming back.