Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain (cont.)
Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain Causes
Round ligament pain refers to a type of pelvic pain caused by stretching of the round ligaments. This occurs more commonly on the right side of the pelvis.
- Your uterus is normally the size of a pear. Thick ligaments, one of which is called the round ligament, hold your uterus in suspension within your abdomen. As the uterus grows in size and weight, these ligaments become very long and thin, stressing and tensing like rubber bands.
- The ligaments pull and tug on nearby nerve fibers and sensitive structures, causing pain. The severity of pain can worry you. Although round ligament pain is uncomfortable, it is also very normal.
- A ligament spasm, an involuntary contraction or cramp, usually triggers a sharp pain. These spasms are found more frequently on the right side than the left because of the normal tendency of the uterus to turn to the right.
- You might awaken at night with pain after having suddenly rolled over in your sleep.
- The pain may also be brought on by exercise.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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