Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

Round ligament pain is a common problem in the first few months of pregnancy. This also includes conditions such as sciatica. Here is a short guide and some tips for dealing with round ligament pain during pregnancy:

Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

  • Round ligament pains are generally felt in the abdomen.
  • The pain comes from the uterus expanding and growing as baby does. The normal size of a uterus is very small when compared to one during pregnancy.
  • Ligaments are fibrous band of tissues which are around the uterus. They support the uterus.
  • Round ligaments ensure that the uterus remains in its proper position
  • When the uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch
  • The nerves passing through these round ligaments may not be able to tolerate the pressure exerted by the developing fetus, which results in pain.
  • These nerves might get compressed and cause pain as round ligaments undergo more pressure as the pregnancy develops

Symptoms of Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy

  • Mild moderate pain, usually on the right side of the abdominal area
  • Movements such as getting up from lying down, walking or rolling onto one side may result in abdominal cramps
  • Pain may also be felt in the groin as well as the abdominal area

Treatment of Round Ligament During Pregnancy

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Avoid doing activities which involves stretching around the abdominal area
  • Warm baths will help relieve pain
  • If the pain is severe, take acetaminophen
  • Consult with your doctor to determine treatment if pains are severe and frequent.  Seek immediate medical attention if pains are accompanied by bleeding or fever.

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