Round ligament pain is a “growing pain” that affects many during pregnancy. While it cannot be completely avoided, there are ways to help minimize this discomfort.
Tips to help reduce round ligament pain:
Avoid quick sudden movements
Sudden movements like standing up too quickly or rolling over in bed often trigger round ligament pain. To help reduce this sensation, practice moving more slowly.
Hinge at the waist or sit down when you sneeze or cough
The round ligament is stretched a lot during pregnancy, and sudden movements, like sneezing and coughing, stretch the round ligament even further. Hinging during these quick involuntary actions shortens the round ligament and helps prevent pain. Sitting down if possible can also help.
Wear a belly support band.
Wearing a support band helps alleviate some belly pressure and the resulting round ligament pain. When choosing belly support, make sure that you can breathe normally. Flexible support is key as you need to be able to move, exercise and breathe properly to have optimal comfort. The goal is to provide gentle support that works WITH your body not FOR your body. The ProBump Support Band was created by a Women's Health Physical Therapist to support the body without any restriction.