Question by  kharlah (13)

What could be wrong with me if I am 28 weeks pregnant and am having numbness, sharp pains and itching along the left side of my body?


Answer by  alc1974 (71)

You could be experiencing meralgia paresthetica, a common pregnancy condition caused when the nerve that travels around your pelvis down the outside of the thigh is pinched due to the additional weight and pressure of the growing fetus. Usually delivery is the only way to relieve the symptoms, though a pregnancy belt might help take some of the pressure off.


Answer by  bigb59 (42)

The numbness comes from your body changing for the coming of the baby and it will sometimes stretch and pinch your nerves.


Answer by  Meagan87 (197)

A commong issue for second and third trimester of a pregnancy are pressure points and nerves. The baby may be resting on an important nerve causing the numbness and pain. It could also be the dreaded sciatica issue whic causes sharp jolts of pain up your side. It affects many women, and is not harmful to the baby.


Answer by  cmkekbif (778)

More than likely, the baby is pressing against a nerve in the spinal column that is causing all of these symptoms. It could also be that the baby is pushing at the direct spot of the symptoms too.


Answer by  nefacess (115)

There is a nerve that runs down the left side of your body, and as you progress in your pregnancy, it can get pinched. Try sleeping on your right side.


Answer by  afamb (557)

It sounds like you are having a pinched nerve in your back, or one of your spinal disks is under pressure. Both could be caused by the extra weight you have gained. Go to your doctor.


Answer by  lynn (821)

I"m not sure about the itching but numbness and sharp pain is never a good sign especially not on the left. I would recommend that you go to the doctor immediately it may even be time to go to the emergency room depending on where the pain is located specifically.


Answer by  darcyn77 (321)

Your baby is probably just sitting on a nerve. Most likely your sciatic nerve. It's failry common in pregnancies. As your pregnancy progresses, the baby will shift and that feeling will go away. If you're worried, talk to your doctor during your next appointment. He may want to run some tests, but probably not.

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