At this stage of pregnancy, I’m still feeling pretty lucky. I am still wearing my regular pants, I’m not gaining too much weight and overall I’m feeling well.
Today I started feeling round ligament pains.
Midwife note: The round ligaments are the ligaments that support the uterus. As the uterus grows, these ligaments stretch and occasionally you feel sharp jabs of pain as a result. This is totally not concerning, but can be uncomfortable. It can be on one side or both, a sharp pain or a dull ache. Commonly women feel them when they move from lying to sitting or sitting to standing or at the end of the day.
These round ligament pains are no joke. They really can be quite uncomfortable. Mine feel like there is a jab in my groin area and at the end of the day, a dull aching. Oh joy!
After much extensive research, I purchased a pregnancy support belt to see if this will help. I plan to wear it when I’m on my feet a lot and probably when running.
It almost feels like these are growing pains, yet I’m still not really showing. The pains will probably not be consistent and hopefully will ease off over time. Funny enough, this week my book and Fred’s app both discuss how I’ll be feeling these pains. I guess I’m right on schedule.
Midwife note: Round ligament pains are most common in the second trimester.
Some relief measures for round ligament pains:
A pregnant midwife living and working in New York City