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5 “WHATs” of Round Ligament Pain That You Should Know

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1. WHAT is round ligament pain?
This sudden sharp pain is common among pregnant women, as they enter into their second trimester. The round ligament supports the uterus in the abdominal cavity, and as the baby grows, this ligament will stretch (like a rubber band) and become thin and taut. The round ligament can spasm and contract, and in turn, cause quick episodes of sudden and sharp pain.

The round ligament of the uterus goes from the pelvis to the labia majora. It travels along the inguinal canal, and passes the internal abdominal ring.

There have been some cases of post-partum round ligament pain, but usually, the symptoms of RLP subside within a few days of delivery.

2. WHAT are the signs and symptoms of round ligament pain?
Sharp, shooting pain in the area of the lower abdominal region, is one of the most common symptoms of round ligament pain. The pain commonly begins on the right side of the pelvic region, and can travel down to the groin area.

Pain will only last for a second or two, and can be triggered by sudden movements.

3. WHAT is the best way to treat round ligament pain?
A warm compress applied directly to the pain-affected area, is said to relieve some of the pain. Soaking in a warm bath has also been said to be a helpful remedy, for round ligament pain relief.

Wearing a pregnancy belt (especially, when walking) will aid in supporting the abdominal area and taking pressure off the ligament. Therefore, reducing possible sharp pains associated with round ligament stretching.

A shift in body position may aid in relieving pain. For instance, if the pain is mainly on one side, laying on the opposite with some pillows is known to be an effective pain reducing treatment.

Rest is a recommended treatment for round ligament pain, but it is smart to remember, that resting in one position for too long, may trigger the pain. It is for this reason, that it is advised to shift positions very slowly, for the most effective rest.

4. WHAT you can do to prevent round ligament pain?
Moving slowly is a highly recommended solution, to prevent round ligament pain. Moving too quickly, such as getting up too fast from a sitting position, may cause the round ligament to contract and spasm, resulting in pain. By moving slowly, it may prevent the overstretched ligament from contracting, and causing sudden and sharp abdominal pains.

Standing or sitting for long periods of time should be avoided, as these positions put added and unnecessary pressure on the ligament.

To prevent further round ligament pain, it is strongly advised, that pregnant woman lay on the opposite side that they are experiencing the pain. This can relieve the ligament pressure, and the pain should cease.

If you can anticipate an oncoming sneeze or cough, it is advised that you slightly bend your knees and hips, to avoid the full impact of this sudden movement. This slight shift in position may reduce the pull on the round ligament that usually triggers the sharp pain.

As the week by week pregnancy progresses, take steps to make yourself as comfortable as possible, use cushions or pillows that conform to your body, and support your back for maintaining excellent posture. In addition, avoid crossing your legs during the pregnancy.

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water will keep you and your baby healthy. When well-hydrated, problems associated with stretched ligaments, bladder infections and constipation issues could be avoided.

5. WHAT are the best exercises to relieve round ligament pain?

Before you begin any type of exercise, always consult your health care professional, as they will provide you with stretches that can be performed daily in a safe manner.

One of the most common types of stretching exercises, that is used to relieve round ligament pain, is to position the knees and hands on the floor. While keeping your butt pointed toward the sky, gently lower your head toward the floor.

Another effective stretching exercise is often referred to as the “pelvic rock”. You would start in the same position (hand and knees on the floor) and raise your lower back to the ceiling, while tightening the muscles in your abdomen. Your eyes should be looking down, and your head should be in a gently prone position (hanging down). This position should be held for about five (5) seconds. Return to the starting position and repeat several times.

Prenatal yoga is recommended to relieve discomfort associated with round ligament pain. Once clearance from your physician is received, find a prenatal yoga class that focuses on breathing, as well as stretching and strengthening the body. This type of exercise will not only prepare you for a smooth delivery, but it can also minimize discomforts and pains commonly associated with pregnancy.

References
http://www.examiner.com/article/does-round-ligament-pain-affect-your-baby

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/batavia-geneva-st-charles/community/chi-ugc-article-15-amazing-beauty-tips-during-pregnancy-2016-01-04-story.html

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