Aches & Pains – what’s normal

Growing a brand-new person is hard work and can take a toll on your body. So what aches and pains are normal, and what needs further investigation?

Lower Back Pain

The most common of all pregnancy aches & pains and its perfectly normal. When expecting a little one your centre of gravity shifts to allow you to carry your bump. This means that you will naturally lean back more and your pelvis is pushed forward and all this can cause discomfort on your lower back.

To try and ease it, be conscious of your posture, leave the high heels at home, and take it easy- don’t do too much and take lots of rest.


Do you feel a burning sensation in your chest after you eat? It’s probably heartburn, also called acid indigestion or acid reflux. Heartburn is caused by the hormonal changes that happen in your body during pregnancy. Again, completely normal!

Aching Legs

Another common complaint of pregnancy, but again – it’s normal. Your body is carrying more weight that it’s used too! Throw in some swelling on your ankles and calves and honestly how do ladies cope!

If you are suffering from leg aches, when resting, elevate your legs up with pillows to reduce/relieve swelling.

Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are also very common as you progress through your pregnancy and seem to happen more frequently after 24 weeks. Cramps usually occur at night or in the early morning. But the cause is still unknown; logically the additional pregnancy weight and pressure from your growing womb could be to blame.

When you get a cramp try massaging the area (or get your partner too).

Rib Pain

Rib pain or a ‘Stitch’ is a common complaint due to your ever growing bump! Your ribs have to make more room for your baby, causing your muscles to stretch and this can then result in some discomfort or pain.

Completely normal and nothing to worry about.


Most aches and pains experienced are just the joys of being pregnant! If you are experiencing something not listed above, and are worried, please contact your GP or Midwife to put your mind at ease. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry!