round ligament pain

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20.10.13

round ligament pain @ohbotherblog

We had a bit of a scare today. While playing with Holdy at Gymboree (more later on why it’s our new favorite place), I felt some shooting pains in my lower left abdomen.

I’d felt round ligament pains occasionally in my first pregnancy and there have been one or two times during this pregnancy where I’d feel a sharp pain when picking Holdy up. But I’d never felt them as strongly or as many times as this, so I freaked out a little bit.

We left Gymboree; I called my OB’s office and explained the situation to the messaging service so that they could relay my symptoms to the on-call nurse. In the meantime, we went home so Holdy could nap and I could rest.

The nurse called back and we talked through what I had been feeling and she agreed that it sounded like round ligament pains. I’m to try to take it easy and keep an eye out for more pain or bleeding. Tonight I just feel sort of a dull pain down there.

It’s easy to forget to take it easy when you’re running after a wild 16-month-old. As I’m getting bigger (and she’s getting bigger), I’m going to have to remind myself to be careful when we’re playing. I’m guessing my huge belly will start making it harder to forget.

Here’s some info on round ligament pain from BabyCenter, in case you were wondering:

You may feel round ligament pain as a short jabbing sensation or a sharp, stabbing pain if you suddenly change position, such as when you’re getting out of bed or out of a chair or when you cough, roll over in bed, or get out of the bathtub. You might also feel it as a dull ache after a particularly active day – when you’ve been walking a lot or doing some other physical activity.

You may feel the pain starting from deep inside your groin, moving upward and outward on either side to the top of your hips. The pain is internal, but if you were to trace it on your skin, it would follow the bikini line on a very high-cut bathing suit.

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