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What is Round Ligament Pain in Pregnancy?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

What is a round ligament? Round ligaments are two cord-like structures that originate from either side of the uterus and attach down into the pelvic floor. As the uterus grows and expands to make room for baby these ligaments in diameter and length. This can elicit a cramping sensation or a sharp stabbing pain in the lower abdomen and groin. What are the symptoms of round ligament pain during pregnancy? Sharp, stabbing pain in the lower abdomen or groin area when:

  • Rolling over in bed

  • Leaning back or putting your arms overhead

  • Laughing, coughing, and sneezing

  • Exercising or running

How do you manage round ligament pain? One of the best options for mommas dealing with round ligament pain is to seek out care with a chiropractor that specializes in treating the prenatal population. Hands-on muscle work and joint mobilizations are super effective at eliminating round ligament pain! Here are some quick tips to help manage your pain at home.

  • Light self-massage in circular motions over and around the area.

  • A warm compress over the tender areas.

  • Work on breath and brace the core before turning over in bed, bending over, or going from sitting to standing.

  • When sleeping on your side at night use a wedge pillow to support the belly which prevents overstretching and/or compressing one of the round ligaments.

  • Modify exercises that are increasing round ligament pain.

Article authored by Dr. Hannah Flammang, DC. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hannah Flammang, DC in person or via telehealth click here. The views expressed in this article intend to induce conversation. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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