A New Pregnancy Pain Arrives
When you are pregnant for the first time, you may begin to question every pain you feel and wonder if it is normal or if you should call your doctor.
I am 25 weeks along and for the past few weeks, I have felt a sharp, stabbing pain in my lower abdomen. It seemed to occur the most when I would change positions, roll over in bed, get up to quickly, or when I was simply walking after a long day on my feet. To put it simply, it felt like I was punched in the groin.
I started asking some friends of mine who had been pregnant and girls who were currently pregnant, if they had experienced this pain too. It is always re-assuring to know you’re not the only one.
I found out I am experiencing Round Ligament Pain. It is only felt when you are pregnant and is also considered a normal part of pregnancy.
Round Ligaments surround the uterus in your pelvis. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch (like a rubber band) and thicken to accommodate and support it. These changes can cause pain on one of both sides of your lower abdomen.
Once you have been reassured by your doctor that you are experiencing Round Ligament Pain (like me) there are ways you can alleviate the discomfort. For me, sitting down and relaxing will always help the pain go away. Other methods may include a warm bath, heating pad on low, or lying on your side with a pillow between your legs. If you find that you are more prone to Round Ligament Pain when you are active or on your feet all day, try to cut back. (if only life were that easy)
I was told the sharp, jabbing pain should not last very long. If it does persist for a long period, or is accompanied by severe pain, cramping, or low back pain, you should definitely call your practitioner.
The joys of pregnancy and the pains associated with it. Every day is a learning experience!