One of the more common ailments during pregnancy is pain in the muscles and joints. One of the more frustrating types of pregnancy pain, and one that can be disconcerting at times, is round ligament pain. Understanding exactly what the relationship is between pregnancy and round ligament pain can help you know what to do if you’re experiencing it.
Round ligament pain presents itself as a type of sharp pain in the hip or in the abdomen area. It may occur on one side of the body or it may occur on both sides. In some cases, this pain may extend down into the woman’s groin region.
A woman will most commonly experience round ligament pain during the second trimester of pregnancy. It’s considered to be a normal part of pregnancy, and comes more or less as a result of the changes going on in your body.
To understand round ligament pain, you need to know what the round ligament is. This is a ligament that helps to support your uterus. It connects the groin with the front part of your uterus. Ligaments expand and contract just like muscles, but they do it much more slowly than muscles. When you have a movement that causes these ligaments to stretch quickly, you can feel pain. Common movements that fall into this category might include standing up quickly, coughing or even laughing.
There are some things you can do to alleviate some of your pregnancy-related round ligament pain. Rest, for most women, is the best remedy. Trying to move position slowly so as to allow the round ligament to stretch in a slower fashion can help, as well. If you know you’re going to make a movement that could cause round ligament pain, such as laughing or sneezing, you could bend your hips. This can reduce the amount of pull on the round ligament.
If your round ligament pain is persistent during pregnancy, your doctor will probably also recommend some daily stretching exercises. These exercises are relatively simple and should only take a few minutes out of your day, and can greatly reduce the amount and intensity of round ligament pain that you feel.