A lot of changes happen in your body during the span of pregnancy. While some of these progressions are astounding, some progressions are somewhat disturbing and there is another group of changes, which can be painful and completely hard to cope with. The round ligament pain belongs to that group of those painful changes.
What Is Round Ligament Pain?
Before knowing about round ligament pain, let us see what round ligament is. The round ligaments surround the uterus in your pelvis. The round ligament attaches the front part of the womb to your groin, the area where your legs attach to your pelvis. The round ligaments are a pair of muscle, which hold your uterus in place. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch in response to the growth to make room for the uterus and thicken for holding it in the correct position. Round ligament pain may appear as a sharp sensation or a stabbing pain when you change your position.
What Are The Signs Of Round Ligament Pain?
Round ligament pain is a short punching sensation or a sharp pain that strikes more often during the second trimester.
- The pain will start like a spasm from deep inside your groin, ascending upward and outward on either side of the top of your hips
- The pain most often happens on the right side. Sometimes, you will feel the pain on both sides
- The pain will increase or intensify particularly when you all of a sudden change your position, such as when you are suddenly getting up from the bed or out of a chair or when you cough or laugh, or when you roll over in the bed
- You might also feel it as a dull ache, especially after an active day – when you have been walking a lot or doing some other physical activity
- The pain, for the most part, stops maximum within a couple of minutes, even though the pain can be irregular and return
- Certain physical activities and quick movements can bring about the pain
What Causes Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy?
Round ligaments normally contract and unwind slowly. With the growth of the baby and the womb, the ligament gets stretched. That makes the ligaments more prone to end up stressed. The round ligaments can get stretched with sudden movements, just as a rubber band snaps. This results in a sudden and speedy punching feeling.
How To Handle Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy?
Round ligament pain is very common during pregnancy and though there is no so-called treatment, there are plenty of measures, which help to reduce the discomfort. Keeping away from sudden movements is one way to reduce the discomfort.
Your doctor may also suggest the following measures to minimize the round ligament pain:
- Wearing the maternity belt
- Stretching exercises
- Bed rest
- Bending and flexing your hips while sneezing, coughing, or laughing
- Prenatal yoga
- Using a heating pad
- Taking a steaming shower
When Should I Seek Medical Attention For Round Ligament Pain?
You ought to inform your specialist about any kind of pain you have in the course of pregnancy. Now and then, more serious issues, like, an infected appendix, kidney stone, ovarian blisters, etc. can bring about pain, which can be mixed up as round tendon torment. The Round Ligament pain ought to show signs of improvement with time and appears quick and sharp. If the uneasiness you are encountering just deteriorates and gets prolonged, it could be an indication of some more significant issues.
Therefore, call your doctor immediately if the pain continues even after taking rest for some time and if you are experiencing:
- Severe pain that lasts for more than a couple of minutes
- Changes in vaginal discharge
- Fever and chills
- Difficulty with walking
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Feeling lightheaded
What Are Some Important Facts About Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy?
- Mostly, the round ligament pain is first experienced during the second trimester
- Though round ligament pain may rattle and agitate you, it will not do any harm to your baby
- There is no test to confirm the round ligament pain other than you experiencing it. The diagnosing is entirely based on your description and eliminating the possibilities of other issues
- There are no measures to prevent round ligament pain
- Usually, during the first pregnancy, the pain may not begin as early as or be as severe as it is in the second, third or subsequent pregnancies
- After delivery, as your belly starts to shrink and your body starts to get back to normal (pre pregnancy) state, the round ligaments will also start to come back to their previous, pre-pregnancy shape and size. Though this contraction may also cause some pain, it should not be as severe as the pain that occurs during the stretching of the ligament
- During the third trimester, this pain increases as your uterus becomes bigger and the ligaments need to stretch more to bear the weight of the fetus, amniotic liquid, and the placenta