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You know that shooting pain in your groin when you try to stand up? Yup! That is Round Ligament pain. We are going to give you some solutions to ease that pain.
Round ligaments are ropey bands of tissue that connect the uterus to the groin area. When your uterus grows up and out as your baby grows, these round ligaments are stretched from the groin area upward into the abdomen and hip areas.
As the ligaments stretch, they become tighter and can cause some women to experience intermittent shooting pain in your groin. It can also feel like
As your baby grows and the uterus stretches, it puts strain on the round ligaments. If the baby is not in an ideal baby position, they can push on one of the ligaments, causing a shooting pain from the strain.
Coughing, sneezing, laughing, standing or quick movements may also trigger the shooting pains.
Poor alignment of your spine and/or hips can put the uterus and/or pelvis out of place, causing a domino effect that can trigger round ligament pain.
Round ligaments become more strained as your baby grows. The second trimester is typically when your uterus outgrows your pelvis and pushes up into the abdomen. This is when most women start to feel round ligament pain.
Generally, round ligament pain during pregnancy is most frequent during the second trimester, but it could continue into the third trimester as well.
A lot of the strain on the round ligaments is misalignment in your hips and spine. Maybe from sitting weird or standing too long. You automatically compensate for the misalignment by straining other parts of your body. A chiropractor can help get you straight!
The best way a chiropractor can help a pregnant women is with the Webster's Technique. Make sure the chiropractor is certified in this technique, it is super safe and gentle for pregnancy. This technique will align and balance the pelvic muscles and ligaments to keep the uterus from twisting. It relieves tension in the round ligaments and ensures that the sacrum is in proper position.
Keeping our pelvis balanced can make all the difference, more tension is created on the round ligament when you have poor posture. When we stand with a hip jutted out to one side, or tuck the pelvis in or jut it way forward, this can throw us out of alignment. Sitting is just as important as standing. You may want to sit on an exercise ball where the hips are slightly higher than the knees.
A maternity belt can help to relieve some of the pressure your growing uterus is placing on your round ligaments. There are plenty of different styles to choose from, and some are more supportive than others. Our favorite is the Baby Belly Band. We even have a discount code! Use code DEARDARBY for 15% off your purchase.
Certain pelvic exercises help to strengthen the abdominal muscles as a whole and keep the uterus, pelvis and baby in proper alignment and can ease round ligament pain.
While stretching during a round ligament spasm can help ease tension, it’s a good idea to be regular with your exercise regimen. Consistent exercise can help to ease round ligament pain.
Applying heat can be helpful for round ligament pain. Either with a hot water bottle or a nice warm bath will help your muscles to relax.
Our ligaments are composed primarily of collagen. Taking a grass-fed collagen powder can help them to stay strong. We like Vital Proteins Brand.
Our body naturally produces collagen, so there are several nutrients that are needed for collagen synthesis in the body. If your prenatal doesn’t give you 100% of the daily value for pregnancy of certain nutrients you can supplement.
Round Ligament pain happens, but doesn't have to be something that keeps you from having a healthy and thriving pregnancy. Try these tools and let us know how it goes!
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