Round ligament pain during pregnancy is a common sign in the second trimester of pregnancy. This type of pain described as a sharp, piercing or dull pain in lower abdomen area or the groin area. Often this condition need no special treatment and will disappear over the time. Some women feel it as excruciating condition but other women consider it as pregnancy discomfort.
This type of pain may worse by position changing, coughing or once you roll over in bed. Round ligament pain during pregnancy hit from a few second to couple minutes and commonly develop on the right side of the pelvis. Once a pregnant woman experiences this condition, there is no need to worry except the pain stay longer and worsen. If you think you have more serious condition, call your doctor as soon as possible to receive proper diagnose and treatment.
What cause round ligament pain during pregnancy?
This pain caused by physical changing on your uterus when yours infant grow bigger. At non-pregnancy condition the uterus is only the size of apple. Outside of the uterus, the round ligament holds and connects the uterus to your abdomen. Once your infant grows and it causes the uterus also grow bigger, the process trigger the stretching of the round ligament tissue become thinner and longer. As a result, the round ligament may irritate nearby nerve fiber and caused sharp or dull pains around your lower belly.
How to relive the pain?
If you experience this round ligament, try to relax and calm. Expert believes that resting comfortably can ease your dull or sharp pain on the area. You can also trying to lie on our side with a pillow on your belly and another pillow between your legs. Some women said that they relieve the pain using a warm bath.
Cut back your activities if you think that you are more prone to this condition. Try to identify the limit that can trigger the round ligament pain, and stay away from it. Keep in mind that the pain will disappear once your infant born.
When I contact the doctor?
Pregnant women experience this round ligament pain with various severity. Some of them find it as temporary discomfort and not stopping them from activities, but for the rest it could be a painful and aggravate pain.
Call your doctor or midwife immediately if you experience pain around your belly that persist for couple minutes, or accompanied with other signs such as, frequent contraction, cramping and excruciating pain, vaginal bleeding, low back discomfort pain, nausea or vomiting and fever.
If you experience pain around your abdomen and you not sure about the causes, it would be better to call the doctor as soon as possible. Besides round ligament pain during pregnancy, similar condition may appear once a woman experience other condition such as ovarian cyst, abdominal pain that caused by bowel habits change related to pregnancy. Last thing that caused abdominal pain is appendicitis, a condition when your appendix becomes inflamed. Some one with appendicitis commonly experience worsening pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and lost of appetite.