What's Round Ligament Pain?

Round ligament pain is a very common lower stomach pain associated with pregnancy, especially as your belly grows. The round ligaments are two cords of connective tissue that support your uterus on either side. These ligaments also connect the uterus to the groin + pelvic area. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, the round ligaments can stretch and spasm painfully. If you feel a deep, sharp, almost stabbing-like sensation, try to breathe through it and take comfort in the fact that your belly’s growing mama, and so is your babe.

If your round ligament pain starts to worsen or feels dramatically uncomfortable, call your doctor. Other tips are to try resting on one side, change positions slowly, soak in a warm bath, apply a heating pad, pop some acetaminophen + practice prenatal yoga to loosen ligaments and joints.