You were prepared for morning sickness and having to purchase a whole new wardrobe, but you may not have anticipated the array of aches and pains that can come with pregnancy. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your abdominal area, it could be caused by a common condition known as round ligament pain. During a consultation at our office in Clermont, you can learn more about this condition and how the pain can be managed.
Symptoms of Round Ligament Pain
This condition is characterized by a sharp, stabbing pain either in the lower belly or groin, occurring intermittently on one or both sides of the body (more frequently on the right side). This pain typically only lasts a few seconds. It can occur at any time, but is often exacerbated with rapid movements, sneezing, coughing, laughing or standing up too quickly.
Causes of Round Ligament Pain
The round ligament connects the front of the uterus to the groin. As the uterus expands, this ligament stretches, which leads to the pain you may be experiencing. This condition most often surfaces in the second trimester as your belly stretches to accommodate your growing baby. This can cause the ligament to spasm, leading to the sharp pain that’s often likened to the snapping of a rubber band.
Relieving Round Ligament Pain
In many cases, the pain can be safely treated with over-the-counter pain medications that are safe to use during pregnancy. Stretching exercises and prenatal yoga can help keep core muscles strong, which provides better support for the uterus and prevents stretching of the round ligament. A heating pad or warm bath may also be beneficial. Avoid positions or activities that worsen the pain. Bending the hips before doing something that often causes this pain to surface can sometimes head it off at the pass by flexing the ligament.
When to Seek Medical Help
Seek medical attention if you experience severe pain or pain that lasts longer than a few minutes; fever or chills; pain during urination; or difficulty walking. While round ligament pain is a normal part of pregnancy, other types of abdominal pain can indicate more serious conditions. You should also seek medical attention if you experience bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, cramping, nausea or vomiting.
If you are feeling any of these symptoms, or if you want further tips on how to prevent or manage round ligament pain, schedule a consultation at South Lake OB/GYN in Clermont. Contact us today to book your appointment.