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We recommend wearing a pregnancy support band to help gently lift the belly and ease the pressure on your lower belly and groin. In addition, wearing the band while exercising can help reduce your discomfort and give you the lift you need.

During pregnancy abdominal wraps can be very helpful in relieving back pain and discomfort. I always suggest them because that bundle of joy can really impact the back and hips causing mom to not feel like getting up and moving around. Some expecting moms limit activities because they may have sciatic pain or round ligament pain. The Upsie Belly offers relief and even positive posture because mom feels so supported.

Brian Salmon
Birth Mentor, Certified Lactation Counselor

Top FAQs

What is round ligament pain?

Round ligament pain is an uncomfortable sensation in the abdomen, near the hips or into the groin area. Itโ€™s considered a โ€œgrowing painโ€ thatโ€™s common and normal during pregnancy. The round ligaments are like two cords, or ropes, on each side of the uterus (womb). Each ligament is about 10 to 12 centimeters long. The ligaments connect the uterus to the pelvis and hold the uterus in place, which is why there is pain when they are stretched during pregnancy.

What does round ligament pain feel like in pregnancy?

Round ligament pain usually occurs during the second trimester of pregnancy (weeks 14 through 27). But, it can appear earlier or later in pregnancy. Women often describe round ligament pain as achey, crampy, sharp, or an unusual pulling sensation. The pain may occur on one side of the body or both sides. Though it usually only occurs for a few seconds, it can last hours, and often happens repeatedly during the second trimester. Round ligament pain may worsen with sudden movement like standing or sitting quickly, sneezing, coughing or laughing.

When does round ligament pain start in pregnancy?

Round ligament pain can begin at the end of the first trimester, but most women tend to feel this telltale tugging and aching around week 14.

How to help round ligament pain during pregnancy?

To help alleviate round ligament pain, avoid sudden movements. Change positions slowly (such as standing up or sitting down) to avoid sudden movements that may cause stretching and pain. It can help to flex your hips, and bend and flex your hips before you cough, sneeze, or laugh to avoid pulling on the ligaments. Itโ€™s also possible to apply warmth for relief.

How to relieve round ligament pain during pregnancy?

Round ligament pain tends to be more common on the right side of the abdomen or pelvis, but it can occur on the left or both sides. The pain often occurs upon waking and rolling over in bed or during rapid movement or vigorous activity. To relieve round ligament pain, try gentle stretching and changing positions. Wearing a support band like our V-Sling Pelvic Support Band can provide relief.

How long do round ligament pains last in pregnancy?

Round ligament pain can continue throughout the second trimester, and even into the third. It can also come and go throughout pregnancy depending on the babyโ€™s position and growth, but it almost always ends after delivery.

What causes round ligament pain in pregnancy?

A woman's body makes hormones during pregnancy to make ligaments loose and stretchy. This helps the body adjust to the growing baby. As a baby grows in the womb, it softens and stretches the uterus and the round ligaments. The discomfort you feel is caused by the tightening of this pair of ligaments, or by the irritation of nearby nerve endings. This stretching can cause spasms in the round ligaments, leading to the pain.

About Belts & Belly Bands For Round Ligament Pain

How Do Belly Bandit Products Help With Round Ligament Pain?

Our 2-in-1 Bandit and Upsie Belly Support Band are both great options for addressing round ligament pain in pregnancy. These bands are designed to support your belly and redistribute the weight. This, in turn, can take the pressure off the round ligaments and reduce discomfort.

Belly Bandit Product Materials For Round Ligament Pain

Our Upsie Belly is covered in a soft viscose from bamboo material, so itโ€™s comfortable against the skin and provides maximum belly support. It also comes with a hot/cold pack for additional round ligament pain relief. The 2-in-1 is designed using a stretchy fabric that makes it highly adjustable to support your belly as it grows and ease ligament pain in pregnancy.