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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Round Ligament Pain

Getting sharp pains in you abdomen during pregnancy? It's round ligament pain. Find out what to do about those aches and pains.

What is round ligament pain?

During pregnancy, your uterus expands from about the size of an apple to the size of a watermelon. The ligaments that surround and support your uterus and connect it to your groin (collectively called round ligaments) have to stretch and thicken to accommodate that change, and this can hurt a bit, especially in the second trimester. You might have sharp pains in your abdomen or hips, and those pains may increases when you move quickly, go from sitting to standing, cough, or laugh.

What are the signs of round ligament pain?

You may feel a sharp pain in your abdomen or hip area; sometimes the pain may extend to the groin area.

Are there any tests for round ligament pain?

There are no tests for round ligament pain. You can normally feel it on your own, but you may ask your doctor for an official diagnosis to rule out other problems.

How common is round ligament pain?

Round ligament pain is fairly common in pregnancy; it normally occurs in the second trimester.

How did I get round ligament pain?

Sorry, but it’s a normal part of pregnancy. As your ligaments expand -- and you move -- all that stretching and contracting can get painful.

How will round ligament pain affect my baby?

It won’t affect baby; it’s only a big discomfort to you (sorry!).

What’s the best way to treat round ligament pain?

When you’re having pains, try switching positions or propping up your feet to rest for a while. It might also help to simply slow down your movements to give those ligaments more time to adjust. Your doc may suggest some gentle stretches (or even some Tylenol caplets) if you're feeling the pains often. You shouldn't worry unless the pain lasts longer than a few minutes, is severe or is accompanied by any bleeding, strange vaginal discharge or other weird symptoms. If any of this occurs, call your doc ASAP.

-- Erin Walters


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