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Tummy Pain – Is it Round Ligaments?

What Is The Round Ligament And What Are the Symptoms of Round Ligament Pain?

A round ligament is fibrous connective tissue connecting bones to other bones or, in this instance, maintaining the position of internal organs.  The two round ligaments connect the front part of your uterus to your groin and they grow and stretch during pregnancy.

It can be quite common to feel Round Ligament Pain, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy.  It often is a deep, sharp or jabbing feeling in the lower belly or groin area.

The pain is usually brought on with movements such as sneezing, coughing, getting up, rolling over in bed, or taking a step.  The pain can either travel upwards, or downwards from the hips to the groin. It can also become a dull, lingering ache if it has been overworked.

Rule Out Any Possible Medical Causes That Could be Causing the Pain

Management of Round Ligament Pain

Simple Pain Relieving Tips To Try

      • holding or supporting your tummy if you cough or sneeze, and/or flex slightly at the hips and knees
      • a heating pad or warm bath might help – but not too hot! Extreme heat can be dangerous for the baby
      • self-massage or partner-assisted massage of the area
      • walking as it helps to offload the ligaments
      • bump-support belt
      • activity modification e.g. change positions slowly (such as rolling over before getting up – see video below)

Build Strength in Your Pelvic Floor And Deep Ab Core Muscles

By building core strength in the pelvic floor and deep abdominal (tranversus abdominis) muscles it helps to provide stability around the pelvis helping to reduce the strain on the ligaments.  See our ‘Pregnancy Pelvic Floor & Core Workouts’  in the WORKOUTS Section of the HUB.


Try These Round Ligament Pain Relieving Exercises

These simple exercises will help to build strength in your bum and also stretch out and give movement over the painful area.  Try to do once a day.  For the clam exercise and quads stretch do the exercise with the painful side.  If you find that any of these exercises aggravates your pain then stop and seek the help of a physio.


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