Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Henrietta Akintoye Discusses Rib Pain During Pregnancy and How To Deal With It

September 24, 2019
Henrietta Akintoye, M.D. - The Family Childbirth & Children’s Center at Mercy

Pregnancy does not come without some aches and pains. As 11-news reports, rib pain is one of those uncomfortable issues expecting moms must deal with.

As your baby grows and develops, he or she is taking up more room in your body which can feel uncomfortable.

"I don’t say tough cookie, but I say it’s something you have to deal with and unfortunately it can get worse until this baby is delivered," said Dr. Henrietta Akintoye, OB/GYN, The Family Childbirth and Children’s Center at Mercy Medical Center.

Rib pain in pregnancy is common. Erica Hailey is expecting her fourth child, a girl, so this isn’t her first rodeo, but she says it doesn’t get easier.

"For the most part, it is very painful. I can’t walk. I can’t lay down on either side," Hailey said.

Rib pain usually occurs in the late second or third trimester.

"So you’ll tend to breathe a little more frequently in pregnancy due to the decreased lung volume and also because the baby is taking up that space," Dr. Akintoye said.

Hailey said she’s found ways to get some comfort.

"They tell you exercise is good, it’s actually good to move around a little bit because it gives your body a chance to adapt to the baby growing and moving. When you lay there, you’re actually going to feel every pain," Hailey said.

Hot and cold compresses and massaging the area are also recommended, but let your doctor know about the pain, just in case it could be linked to another problem.

"If for whatever reason they have some coinciding symptoms maybe some persistent nausea and vomiting then I have to look at her blood pressure see if there’s anything that’s associated with hypertension disease in pregnancy, like preeclampsia," Dr. Akintoye said.

View Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Henrietta Akintoye’s interview regarding rib pain during pregnancy.

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