Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain is a common painful feeling pregnant women experience in the lower abdomen or groin at the beginning of the second trimester. Pain may feel like a dull ache or sharp, sudden jabbing pain. It may be felt on one or both sides of the abdomen and into the groin and usually only lasts for a few seconds. The round ligaments help to support the uterus by holding it in place. The ligaments stretch to accommodate the growing uterus during pregnancy, they become long and thin and strained, like stretching a rubber band. This stretching often leads to pain. The pain is aggravated by sudden movements, coughing, sneezing, laughing. turning in bed and exercise. Here are some ways to help reduce discomfort:

**Sit down and relax

** Rest in a comfortable position

**Change position Slowly

**Lie on your side with a pillow under your stomach and another pillow between your legs

** Stretch back and abdominal muscles

** Add heat to the area e.g. hot water bottle

**Exercise – especially core strengthening.  Ease off any activity that aggravates the pain.  re-introduce slowly as able

For exercise or positioning advice, you can book an appointment online or by contacting the clinic on 074 9111010.  You can also book book into our Ante Natal Pilates classes, which are one twice weekly.

Danielle Gavaghan MISCP

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