Parts that support the uterus and
their effect on comfort and fetal positioning.
What is that jabbing pain on my side?
Sometimes during pregnancy (usually starts during the 2nd trimester) a sharp, jabbing pain can be felt on one or both sides of the abdomen. This can be due to the uterine ligaments that attach the uterus with the pelvis and stretch as your belly gets bigger.
Its most likely the round ligaments that is creating the discomfort. Ligaments in general are fibrous connective tissue that help connect bones or to hold structures together and keep them stable. In this case, the round ligaments help support the uterus connecting it on both sides of the uterus with the tissues near the symphysis pubis (pubic bone). When the round ligament is tight it can actually tilt the uterus, shifting the baby's position and can contribute to pubic bone pain that is sometimes experienced during pregnancy.
Round ligament pain usually originates deep inside the groin area and moves upwards towards the hips (like a high cut bikini). You would feel a short stabbing pain when you suddenly change positions like getting out of a chair, rolling over in bed or even while you cough. If you keep active you might feel a dull ache at the end of the day. As the round ligaments stretches with the uterus it can sometimes cause a spasm-like pain that is uncomfortable but is generally harmless.
Ligament Pain or Something is Wrong Pain?
Let’s not get confused about abdominal pain! Abdominal pain that IS concerning during pregnancy includes:
How to Relax the Round Ligaments?
Doing Forward Leaning Inversions (FLI) every day is GREAT for several reasons:
When To Avoid FLI
…if you have heartburn
…have high blood pressure
…have suspected or known problems with the placenta
...increased amount of amniotic fluid (you would know)
…if it doesn’t feel good for you
Okay what in the World is FLI?
Check out this short video
Notes about the Video