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Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy
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Suddenly there is the stabbing pain; you feel it down the side of your abdomen. It goes right into your groin just as you turn over in your sleep. This also happens when you reach out for something to grasp. You find yourself wondering what this sharp stabbing pain is. It really hurts a lot, even feels like it could be your appendix. This immense pain can bring tears to your eyes; even feel like it knocks you out of breath.

You may well be experiencing some twinges of pain as your uterus grows from your pelvis area. Most women tend to discover this when they are pregnant. It is called round ligament pain. Let me explain what it is. The round ligaments, together with the broad ligament’s function are to support the uterus, to keep it steady and cozy in your abdominal cavity.

As I already mentioned, you may feel it’s your appendix, as you will most likely feel this pain in exactly that area, more there than anywhere else. But there are some women who feel it more lower down, like in the groin or genitalia area.

Your first thought will be that it must be your appendix, and you may even start to panic. Do not panic, it is not anything more sinister than all the other aches and pains of pregnancy.

These round ligaments we are talking about are found on either side of your uterus. You may feel this pain on the one side only, or on both sides. They are named round ligaments because apparently this is what they look like. These are short, strong ligaments that does an excellent job of supporting and protecting the uterus.

These ligaments stretch as your uterus grows bigger. And when you do sudden awkward movements, the ligaments will do their job and will let you know that they are there, silently protecting your precious uterus.

Stretching makes the ligaments sensitive and irritates them, therefore they go into spasm. They can do this as from halfway through your pregnancy, and they can continue to do so well into your last trimester.

As with all your other organs and soft tissue, the pregnancy hormones also has an effect on the round ligaments. The hormones make them more supple and elastic. Although this is the case, that is not the reason for the pain and discomfort. The pain and discomfort you feel is caused by them stretching.

It is normal for this pain to be felt, or even get worse with subsequent pregnancies. But be assured, there are ways to ease the pain and discomfort these round ligaments cause you.

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