Pregnancy Concerns: Round Ligament Pain

Pregnancy Concerns: Round Ligament Pain

Sharp pain or dull ache in your abdomen? Find out when to get off your feet and when to call your practitioner.


Round Ligament Pain

Although pregnancy is beautiful, there are quite a few discomforts and pains associated with the course. Expectant mothers tend to have backaches, hip aches, and  round ligament pain. Round ligament pain is a brief sharp stabbing pain that a pregnant woman may experience in the groin region or the lower abdomen. This pain is usually sharp, though some women even experience pain which is a little dull. Round ligament pain usually starts in the second trimester and is felt most when you change position all of a sudden.

Some of the common movements that may cause round ligament pain are coughing, standing, sitting or rolling over in the bed. These round ligaments are soft tissues that surround the uterus. As the uterus grows, the ligaments get stretched. Though they do thicken and try to support the growing uterus as much as they can, the ligaments may occasionally cause some pain.

The pain may be felt on either sides of the abdomen. Sometimes, it is felt on both the side. The pain starts from the groin and moves outwards towards the hip or the lower abdomen.

Treatment for Round Ligament Pain



  • See a massage therapist, chiropractor or acupuncturist.
  • Take a warm bath
  • Try a pregnancy support belt
  • Change positions slowly to prevent the ligaments from contracting as much.
  • Lying on the opposite side of the pain may help as well.The good news is round ligament pain will disappear completely once you have given birth to your child!

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