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Pregnancy Growing Pains

Pregnancy is certainly not easy on the body. It is a very special time where a woman’s body goes through many physical and hormonal changes in order to support a growing baby. Last year, we talked about the increased risk for blood clots and fluid retention and the steps you can take to control these adverse effects. This month, we will discuss round ligament pains and how you can find relief through exercise, breathing techniques and a belly band. 


Round Ligament Pain or otherwise called “growing pains” occurs when the ligaments that support the uterus begin to soften and stretch. It usually feels like a dull ache or sharp jabbing sensation and felt in the groin region. The round ligament runs from the upper corner of the uterus and attaches on the pelvic bone. As the uterus grows, the two ligaments are stretched and/or nearby nerve endings may become irritated, eliciting the pain. This pain is quite common, affecting between 10-30% of pregnancies and usually occurs during the end of the first trimester and throughout the second trimester. As long as this pain is not accompanied by a fever, chills, painful urination or bleeding, there is nothing to worry about. 


Tools to Mitigate Round Ligament Pains

  1. Exercises that focus on strengthening the core muscles through gentle stretching, prenatal yoga or other low impact activities like walking, swimming or elliptical training can provide relief and increase core stability, balance and flexibility.
  2. Flexing the hips before coughing, sneezing or laughing can also cut down on ligament strain.
  3. Acetaminophen and other over the counter pain medications can provide temporary pain relief.
  4. The Belly Band is a device that is designed to support the lower back and abdomen during pregnancy. It is a flexible support garment that alleviates some of the strain on the ligaments so women can stay active. These bands provide gentle compression around your baby bump so you don’t feel the weight of the belly moving around when you’re walking or running. Are belly bands safe during pregnancy? Yes, these bands are safe, but it’s always better to ask your healthcare provider before you start using them. Although unlikely, it is possible to affect the baby’s heart rate or cause maternal skin irritation during prolonged wear. You should be cautious to not wear them for more than two to three hours at a time. 


It is always best to discuss things with your medical provider before making drastic changes while pregnant. If you have any questions about belly bands or other orthotic devices that may assist during pregnancy, please do not hesitate to reach out to our clinic and we would be happy to assist you. 


The Custom Orthotics Team (519) 850-4721 | office@customorthoticsoflondon.com | @cool_bracing


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