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Round ligament pain is a common pain during pregnancy. You may feel a sharp brief pain on one or both sides of your belly. It may go down into your groin. It's usually felt for the first time during the second trimester.
This pain is a normal part of pregnancy. It will go away as your pregnancy continues or after your baby is born.
Your uterus is supported by two ligaments that go from the top and sides of the uterus to the bones of the pelvis. These are the round ligaments. As your uterus grows, these ligaments stretch and tighten with your movements. This may be the cause of the pain. You may find that certain activities seem to cause pain. If you can, avoid those activities.
Your doctor or midwife can usually diagnose round ligament pain from your symptoms and an examination. If you have bleeding or other symptoms, your doctor or midwife may also do an imaging test, such as an ultrasound. Your doctor or midwife may suggest that you take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or midwife now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or midwife if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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