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Pregnancy "Symptom" Question 
1st-Jan-2008 03:45 pm
Hello all,

I'm almost 19 weeks pregnant with my first and I'm having some crazy pain that I can't seem to find in any of my books. Basically, every morning at 6 or 7am, I wake up with intense, cramping pain in my ribs and back. It extends from, say, my oblique muscles in my abs all around to the back, middle ribs.  Intensely painful, it is nearly impossible to get a nice, full breath in. I can't really lie still because I'm fairly vibrating with muscle cramped-ness.  My voice gets shaky, I'm so tight.  So despite the fact that I am forever sleepy and always ready for a nap, I hardly look forward to bed anymore, since I always wake up in pain.

Otherwise, it's been a beautiful, easy pregnancy.

Is this something any of you has experienced?

Edited: this doesn't feel like a digestive issue at all; purely muscular.
2nd-Jan-2008 12:01 am (UTC) - I don't know if it was really the same thing but...
I felt a pain something like this one night a few weeks ago. It lasted a few minutes and then went away...i was lieing on my back at the time it started. I assumed that was the issue, and since then I have been sure to either lie on my left side or prop pillows under my back if I lie on my back. I haven't experienced it since. Although sometimes I still wake up with my back aching from strange positions. I'm new to this to...sorry I can't help you anymore. But I hope soemone has an answer for you.
2nd-Jan-2008 07:59 pm (UTC) - Re: I don't know if it was really the same thing but...
Thanks. And I'm glad that your weird pain was just a one-time thing.
2nd-Jan-2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm not sure during what time you should experience this sort of pain, but as I understand it intense muscular pain is to be somewhat expected during a pregnancy, especially a first. A lot of your muscles must stretch and even split to accommodate the growing baby. If you're concerned or if you just need some relief from the chronic pain/discomfort, of course, I'd speak to a doctor or midwife about it.

I have also heard of a baby's position causing intense pain, because the baby had managed to press against a cluster of nerves, so it could be something like that, but that's just anecdotal evidence from a couple women I know personally.
2nd-Jan-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment. I feel better reading this. I certainly expect that intense pain will happen eventually. I just feel like 18 weeks is a tad early. I expected that would all come as I got really huge and unweildy.

Chiro appointment tomorrow, massage on Sunday and midwife next week. I'll get some answers and report back.
2nd-Jan-2008 12:43 am (UTC)
It could be because your ribs expand during pregnancy (2 - 3 inches from what I remember reading). If the pain continues, I would contact your doctor because it is possible that they can expand too much.
2nd-Jan-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yikes, too much expansion sounds scary.

As a side note, I keep waking up complaining about rib pain. My husband, a Simpsons fan, has taken to calling me "Ribwich."
3rd-Jan-2008 07:02 am (UTC)
2nd-Jan-2008 02:05 am (UTC)
This is probably pain from rib expansion. I had a lot of rib pain/discomfort in my 2nd tri and went up several bra band sizes. These changes can also cause the cartilage at the junctures of your rib/sternum to swell and press on nerves, which also sucks. A heating pad helps a lot.
2nd-Jan-2008 09:19 am (UTC)
do your ribs go back to the prepregnancy state at all??
2nd-Jan-2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I hope so, but I'd guess probably not.
2nd-Jan-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yow. I had no idea. I will be on the hunt for a heating pad or hot water bottle today. Thanks for the suggestion.
4th-Jan-2008 09:56 am (UTC)
your monkey is absoluetley adorable.
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