Niggling Pain In Groin 17 Weeks Pregnant

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meryl - December 3

Im 17 weeks now and all day i've been having a sharp pain really low on each side. Feels like a pinching pain, it comes and goes so its not bad just keep wondering what it could be. any ideas? thanks would be really grateful for your comments

 

Whisper - December 3

Sounds like Round ligament pain. I've been having it too. Totally normal =)

 

meryl - December 3

what does round ligament pain mean? How far gone are you?

 

sarahnicolesmom - December 3

I found this in babycenter.com. Hope it helps. Round ligament pain generally refers to a brief, sharp, stabbing pain or a longer-lasting dull ache that pregnant women commonly feel in the lower abdomen or groin, starting in the second trimester. You may feel round ligament pain as a short jabbing sensation if you suddenly change position, such as when you're getting out of bed or out of a chair or when you cough, roll over in bed, or get out of the bathtub. You may feel it as a dull ache after a particularly active day — when you've been walking a lot or doing some other physical activity. The round ligaments surround your uterus in your pelvis. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support it. These changes can occasionally cause pain on one or both sides of your abdomen. You may feel the pain starting from deep inside your groin, moving upward and outward on either side to the top of your hips. The pain is internal, but if you were to trace it on your skin, it would follow the bikini line on a very high-cut bathing suit. When should I call my doctor or midwife? The sharp, jabbing type of round ligament pain shouldn't last longer than the few seconds in which you're changing position or getting up. Don't hesitate to call your caregiver any time abdominal aches or pains continue after a short rest or are accompanied by: • Severe pain or cramping, or more than four contractions in an hour (even if they don't hurt) • Low back pain, especially if you didn't previously have back pain, or an increase in pressure in the pelvic area (a feeling that your baby is pushing down) • Bleeding, spotting, or a change in the type or amount of v____al discharge • Fever, chills, faintness, or nausea and vomiting • Pain or burning when you urinate What can I do to relieve the discomfort? If you've been rea__sured by your pract_tioner that what you're feeling is round ligament pain, sit down and try to relax when the pain strikes. Resting comfortably should alleviate your symptoms. You can also try flexing your knees toward your abdomen to get some relief or lying on your side with a pillow under your belly for support and another one between your legs. A warm bath may help, too. If you find that you're more prone to round ligament pain when you're particularly active, cut back to see if that helps. Then, if you feel fine, you can gradually increase your activity until you find the level of exertion that's comfortable for you.

 

meryl - December 3

thanks that was a lot of help, you've put my mind at ease.

 

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