As your pregnancy advances, there will be many minor aches and pains that you may face. Round ligament pain is experienced by most women in the second and third trimesters. It generally refers to a sharp pain or dull lasting ache in the lower abdomen region, either on one side or both sides.
Sometimes, this pain is also felt in the groin region and extends to the legs. Round ligament pain is mostly worsened by sudden quick movements of the body such as getting up from the bed, sneezing or coughing. Round ligament pain is considered a normal part of your pregnancy, however like any new development during this delicate period you must report it to your doctor.
As your uterus grows in size, the muscles surrounding it around your pelvis stretch and thicken to support the uterus. These changes in the size and shape of the muscles surrounding the uterus are what lead to round ligament pain.
Round ligament pain can be easily managed. Relax comfortably when you feel pain around your abdomen or groin region. Learn to change positions gradually especially when getting up from a chair or while sleeping to prevent round ligament pain from worsening.
Prenatal yoga and certain stretching exercises recommended by your doctor can also help alleviate round ligament pain. A pregnancy support belt is also helpful as it reduces the strain of the growing belly on the pelvis region, thereby offering considerable relief. When sleeping use a pregnancy pillow between your legs to relax your body.
Note if certain physical activities such as standing for an extended period of time, etc are leading to pain. Reduce such activities that you feel may be contributing to making your pain worse.
Round ligament pain generally does not last for more than a few minutes and gets better after a short rest. Though not a cause for concern, you must report round ligament pain to your doctor in case you are experiencing it for long durations.
Also, if the pain is accompanied by bleeding, spotting or any other abnormal vaginal discharge your health care provider must be immediately informed.