Round Ligament Pain is very common in pregnancy. It is the sharp or stabbing pain felt in the lower belly or the groin. It can be very painful and can come on when you have moved suddenly or have been sitting or standing for a long time. The pain is normal and a good sign. It is the stretching of the ligaments as your uterus grows. I had it in both of my pregnancies and a lot of my pregnant friends are suffering from it right now.
Some of these friends have asked what they can do about these aches and pains. Listed below are a few poses and movements that can help. If you have any questions about these poses or anything else, comment below or let me know here! I would love to help any other aches and pains you may have in pregnancy.
cat and cow.
Cat and Cow are great poses for any stage in life, but especially pregnancy.
Place your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Move your back up and down as you tilt your pelvis. Tuck your pelvis in when you arch your back, and stick your sit bones to the ceiling when you drop your belly down. Move your head along with it and remember to breath with each movement.
Tree Pose was a favorite of mine during my pregnancies. Use a wall or chair if you need to for balance support, or you can do it on the floor (as seen in this photo). Place your foot on your calf or your thigh. Always avoid the knee. This is a great pose to help open the hips and release the tension held inside. It can also help any nerve pain that may be present during your pregnancy. Stay here for as long as you would like. It is a great place to be!
When you are pregnant, never lay on your belly and do not lay on your back after 20 weeks. Even though you can't participate in the full savasana (laying on your back), there is a great way to lay down with support and receive relief.
Here is how to do so:
Lay on your left side with your knees slightly bent. Use a bolster, pillow or blanket to put in between your legs as well as under your head. You can even put a blanket underneath your belly to support it's weight. This is a great way to sleep in bed at night as well. During pregnancy, pillows became my best friend!
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