Expecting mamas describe round ligament pain as Jabbing pain or as a sharp pain, located in the lower belly or the groin area either on the right side (the most common side) but can sometimes be also felt on the left side or even both sides. Mamas usually start feeling round ligament pain during the second trimester.
There are several thick ligaments that support the uterus. One of the ligaments that usually does this is the round ligament. the round ligament connects from the front of the uterus to the groin. This ligament can stretch or tighten normally with little issue. However, as the baby grows in the womb, the round ligament is stretched and becomes increasingly strained.
Expecting mamas usually feel this pain with:
• Sudden movement- IE standing quickly
• Rolling in bed
At this point, you may be wondering, “what can I do for some pain relief?” There are a few tips and tricks that can help you feel some relief.
Chiropractic care! Chiropractic helps expecting mamas to properly align the spine and pelvis to allow for proper fetal positioning.
Avoid sudden transitional movement. For example, slowly stand up and support the belly while doing so.
Stretch! Stretches such as the hip flexor stretch, bird dog, and the cat cow have shown to reduce pain sensations felt from the round ligament
Sports Taping- Sports taping can help provide additional support by reducing some of the tension felt from the round ligament
If your abdominal pain increases, it is not relieved with rest, or is constant, a visit to your health care provider is necessary, as this may indicate a more serious medical problem such as eclampsia or a serious non-pregnancy problem such as appendicitis.