Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

October 6, 2011 by  
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imageRound ligament pain is very common during pregnancy. It causes sharp pain that radiates in the abdominal or hip area and can also refer pain into the groin and legs. The pain may be on one side or both sides and can be intensified by movement. This is not considered a cause for concern.

Causes of Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

The round ligaments help to support the uterus. During pregnancy your uterus expands and places strain on your round ligament. This can produce a great deal of discomfort with sharp twinges between your hip bone and uterus. Movements such as coughing, sneezing or laughing activate these muscles quickly and can cause pain. Generally this pain is brief in duration.

Preventing Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

  • Practice prenatal yoga and regular stretching.
  • Get rest.
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  • Use techniques such as those in the Pregnancy Pain Relief book.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure you are getting adequate calcium and magnesium in your diet.
  • If you know you are going to sneeze or cough bend and flex your hips. There will be less strain on the round ligament if you are bent.
  • Try bringing your knees up toward your chest.
  • Change positions slowly to prevent the ligaments from contracting as much.
  • Use a pregnancy pillow at night to help relax your body as much as possible.

Treatment for Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

  • See a massage therapist, chiropractor or acupuncturist.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Pregnancy Pain relief techniques.
  • Try a pregnancy support belt.

When You Should Call Your Doctor

  • Your pain lasts for prolonged time periods.
  • Your round ligament pain is accompanied by bleeding or spotting.

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