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Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain (cont.)

Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain Treatment

After your condition has been evaluated an a diagnosis is reached, your health care provider will formulate a treatment plan. If all acute emergencies have been completely ruled out, you may be safely sent home safely with strict instructions for follow-up care.

  • You may be advised to return to the emergency department or doctor’s office if your pain worsens or persists despite basic therapy with acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • You may also be asked to modify your daily activity level and avoid positions that may worsen your symptoms.

Home Remedies for Round Ligament Pain

  • Applying heat to the area may relieve pain:
  • Hot soaks or baths
  • Lying on the opposite side may also relieve the pain.
  • Frequently, the pain may diminish as your pregnancy progresses.
  • Changing how you move - rising or sitting down more gradually, avoiding sudden movement - may decrease the spasms.
  • Talk with your health care provider first, and you will likely be advised regarding the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce pain.

Follow-up for Round Ligament Pain

After you have been reassured that you are in sound general health, you should refrain from specific activities that trigger this pain.

  • Lying on the opposite side and applying warm soaks early may alleviate the pain.
  • Your health care provider should advise you about using the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Prevention of Round Ligament Pain

Not every woman who is pregnant will experience round ligament pain.

  • One thing is certain: When you are pregnant, you will experience changes in your body. The round ligaments which were thickened band-like structures prior to the pregnancy are now elongated and thinly stretched as they support the uterus.
  • This change is caused by the release of progesterone and the enlargement of the fetus within the uterus.
  • These changes, while natural, are unavoidable. As a result, there are no proven preventive exercises or remedies for this pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/21/2015
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