Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stretch Marks, Round Ligament Pain, and Nausea, Oh My!

Several links to some excellent information on a trio that concerns many pregnant women...

Round Ligament Pain, in the Lamaze Week 19 e-newsletter:
"Baby’s first movements may not be the only sensation in your belly these days. If you notice a sharp pain or pulling sensation on one side of your lower belly when you twist, bend or reach, you may be experiencing round ligament pain. The round ligaments, just a couple of centimeters long when you begin pregnancy, stretch like rubber bands to many times their pre-pregnant size as your uterus grows.

Round ligament pain is usually brief – coming on suddenly and subsiding over a few minutes. If you experience round ligament pain often, think of it as your body telling you to move a little slower. Get in the habit of supporting your belly with your hands when you get up from sitting or when you bend, twist, cough, or sneeze. You might even consider using a maternity belt to support your belly—you can find one at most maternity retailers. Try a warm compress on your lower belly if the pain doesn’t go away right away. And take heart in knowing that round ligament pain is usually short-lived. By next month, your body will be used to the stretching, and these sudden shocks of pain should be a thing of the past.

Of course, if you have any concern that your pain is something more serious, or if you are experiencing other symptoms, such as a fever or vaginal discharge, consult your care provider."
I've noticed that many women seem to talk about round ligament pain the most during weeks 20-24; I've theorized that many babies go through a growth spurt around that time, so moms sometimes feel the ligaments stretching in a painful way.

I liked this blog entry about common pains during pregnancy, from Healthy Mother Wellness & Care.

Finally, the Midwifery Today e-newsletter has two interesting articles - one connecting prenatal vitamins and vomiting/nausea also known as morning sickness and one with a recipe for make-your-own belly butter and other herbal remedies for stretch marks.

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, round ligament pain, how well I remember! My midwife had a trick that always worked for me. For some reason, mine was always on the right side, but it be the same on the left. Anyway, with your hand gently press on the spot that hurts, and put your right foot (or left, if the RLP is on that side) on the bottom rung of a chair or something, and lean in the direction of the pain. A minute or so of that, and it was gone for a while.


October 11, 2008 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'am 18 years old and this is my firt child .I have recently had round ligament pain on the right side of my leg and belly , and GOD it hurt soooooo much it felt like a knife cutting through me and once it was so bad i felt like my right belly would blow up!! i was sreaming and sreaming my husband thought i was going to labour lol at that time i was 25 weeks pregnant and at 26 weeks it got worse but Thank God now I'am 27 weeks and always resting in bed now that the pain has eased i exercise with my leg by lying down on the bed. I drink alot of milk to help my bones and the other parts to become stronger. You need strong legs to labour. But i have one question, would the ligaments go back to its place when i labour or would it stay the same because when i tough my lower right belly i cannot feel my fingers it feels so puffed up like a balloon, but on the left i can feel my fingers. Just bear in mind that paracetamols do not help i have drank 12 so far 2 paracetamols aday but it had done no good for me.

February 3, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Supplements said...

Look for pain relievers to effectively get rid of the aching body part.

July 5, 2011 at 1:10 AM  

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