Early pregnancy symptoms low back pain

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a natinally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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There are multiple causes of low back symptoms during early pregnancy.

More than 50 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy. Pregnant women are prone to backaches and back pain for a number of reasons:

Extra weight. The weight gained during pregnancy is good for the baby, but bad for the back.

With growth of the uterus, postural changes occur to compensate for the increased size and weight of the utyerus. This can lead to low back pain.

During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin causes the ligaments supporting the bones of the pelvis to relax in order to prepare for the baby's passage through the birth canal. Increased looseness of the ligaments can cause low back discomfort.lower back, often with walking, especially up and down stairs.

Ectopic pregnancy may be accompanied with the usual symptoms of early pregnancy including nausea and breast tenderness. After a week past the first missed menstrual period, other symptoms can occur. These include:one may notice:

•Vaginal bleeding that is usually brown in color.
•Pain in the lower abdomen, felt mainly on one side.

Without treatment, the symptoms of the ectopic pregnancy will worsen over several days or weeks. They include:

•Pelvic pain
•Shoulder pain caused by blood from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy pressing on the diaphragm
•Dizziness caused by blood loss
•Nausea and vomiting
and lower back pain

A ruptured ectopic pregnancy is serious and can be life threatening.

Preterm labor is usually defined as having regular contractions and dilation of your cervix before the 37th week of your pregnancy. Causes include abnormal placental location, history of genital infection, diabetes, asthma, and sickle cell anemia.

Symptoms include:
•Vaginal discharge
•Menstrual like cramping or more than 5 contractions in an hour
•Increase in pressure in the pelvic area
•Low back pain or pressure, or a change in the nature of lower backache
•Puffiness of the face or hands
•Painful urination with urinary tract infection
•Intense pelvic pressure

Hydatidiform mole is a malignancy that starts in the placenta. Hydatidiform mole is more common at the extremes of reproductive age. Women in their early teenage or perimenopausal years are most at risk. Women older than 35 years have a 2-fold increase in risk. Women older than 40 years experience a 7-fold increase in risk compared to younger women.

The most common symptom of a mole is vaginal bleeding. Patients may also report severe nausea and vomiting.

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