Pregnancy can cause all kinds of aches and pains and round ligament pain is one of the most common complaints. It’s that sharp pain in your lower belly or groin area that often feels like someone is giving you a serious jab! It can occur on either side of your belly and can make everyday tasks like working out or taking a walk uncomfortable.
So, what exactly is round ligament pain, and what causes it? According to the Mayo Clinic, “The round ligaments are a pair of cordlike structures in the pelvis that help support the uterus by connecting the front of the uterus to the groin region.” As the trimesters progress, the ligaments become flexible and stretch causing nerve fibers to tighten. This is what gives women during pregnancy those sharp pains in the abdominal and pelvic regions.
The Good News: There are Several Ways to Alleviate Round Ligament Pain
For starters, many experts recommend round ligament stretches that flex/unlock the hips to help ease the aches. This type of exercise can help is neutralize the pressure in the pelvic region. As every pregnancy is different and not all pain is the same, we always recommend contacting your medical professional, personal trainer, or pregnancy fitness expert before you start an exercise program.
Another great idea is to invest in a maternity belt that can help mitigate round ligament pain. BELLY BANDIT® offers two products that can help provide round ligament pain relief during pregnancy: the Upsie Belly® and the 2-in-1 Bandit™.
The Upsie Belly® provides heavy-duty support for the belly and can also minimize pelvic pain by taking the pressure off of it. This is crucial to helping relieve round ligament pain. The Upsie can also help with back pain by redistributing the belly weight and reducing the strain on your back muscles.
The 2-in-1 Bandit™ is intended for support during and after pregnancy. Just like the Upsie Belly®, this wrap stabilizes the pelvic region by limiting the mobility of pelvic joints. It also is a great maternity belt that supports pregnant bellies to relieve back and belly pain. The extra special aspect of this belt is that you can use it as a postpartum hip wrap, hence the 2-in-1 label.
Although round ligament pain is anything but a walk in the park, treating it is not impossible. The good news is that many pregnant women find these options successful in alleviating their pain. However, if the pain becomes unbearable, you should immediately contact your medical provider for assistance.
Learn more about Round Ligament Pain and other ailments during and after Pregnancy we can help with at bellybandit.com.