Stabbing chest pain is a common part of our human development and is particularly more common when certain natural health conditions are present. In women who are expecting a baby, there is a risk for a rise in stabbing chest pain during pregnancy and often this can be alarming. If you are expecting a baby, it is important to become familiar with the risks for chest pain and what a stabbing sensation in your chest may indicate.
Pregnancy, by its very nature, brings about a variety of aches and pains that a woman may not experience when not pregnant. For women who are experiencing their first pregnancy, there is often concern over new sensations and new aches and pains and, in actuality, these are normal and not cause for concern. If you have a stabbing chest pain, it is important to consider what may be causing the pain and, when concerned, to seek out medical treatment from your obstetrician.
For most women how have stabbing chest pain during pregnancy, the pain is attributed to the onset of heartburn. When confirming that you are pregnant, it is important to learn about healthy eating for pregnant women and to follow healthy eating guidelines as best as you can. When you experience the pain in your chest, always think about what you have eaten, or what drinks you have consumed, in the last six hours as these may be the cause for the pain and the condition may be alleviated with Tums and doctor-approved remedies for heartburn.
Beyond heartburn, it is also common for women to experience a stabbing pain in the chest during pregnancy due to a change in muscle function in not only the chest but also in the back, shoulders, and abdomen. Because your lower abdominal muscles, and back muscles, are supporting the weight of a growing baby, your shoulder and chest muscles may be used in ways you are not use to using them. So, when suffering from a stabbing chest pain, be sure to think about any unusual movements you may have performed and typically using a heat pad to the chest area, coupled with rest, you will find that your pain is alleviated.
Of course, if your stabbing chest pain is not alleviated by heartburn treatment or treatment for a muscle strain, then a physician must be consulted. Some women, during pregnancy, can experience a change to their cardiac system and ultimately this may be causing the stabbing pain that can be detrimental for your health. It is always important to err on the side of caution and call your obstetrician if you are not absolutely sure what can be causing your chest pain to manifest.
Sources: Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Pregnancy, by Mayo Clinic