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Pregnancy, Exercise, and Round Ligament Pain

Prego and on the Run: Round Ligament Pain

If you used to run regularly before there was a little bundle of joy growing inside you, doctors think it's safe to continue with your running routine while pregnant. You should def get the OK from your OB though, and once you do, you may find it helps with some common pregnancy symptoms such as constipation, leg cramps, lower back pain, and fatigue. Yeah, being with child is fun!

Running with a bun in the oven is much harder than running solo. You get winded more easily, your muscles tire quicker, and since your body is changing so much, you may experience some aches and pains. In my fifth month of pregnancy with a "popped" belly, I experienced aching in my lower belly that felt like the muscles were overstretching. This pain is known as round ligament pain and it's really common for pregos in their second trimester.

Keep reading to find out if it's harmful to your baby or if it means you should give up running.


Round ligament pain is not serious and won't cause harm to your growing babe. When running, this pain can be felt as a long-lasting, dull ache, but it can also cause sharp, intense pangs if you suddenly change position, like when you sit up quickly or roll over in bed, but sometimes women fel it when they sneeze or cough.

The round ligaments surround your uterus inside your pelvis, and as your belly grows, those ligaments stretch out to support the weight, like rubber bands. The pain you feel is a result of the tugging on nerve fibers. It usually begins in the groin, and moves upward and outward toward the hips, but normally only lasts a few seconds. Many women may feel the pain more on their right side because the uterus tends to turn toward the right. If you feel the pain lasting longer, and it's accompanied by contractions lasting over an hour, call your OB pronto. Also call your doc if the pain is severe and coupled with low back pain, pressure in the pelvis, fever, chills, bleeding, or changes in vaginal discharge.

If your round ligament pain is just slightly uncomfortable, try wearing a compression support band on your lower belly. If you have a Bella Band, that might work for you, but it didn't hold my belly tight enough. The Amom Maternity Support Band offers more support and is specifically designed for use during exercise. If the pain really bothers you on your runs, it's probably best to take it easy. Decrease the intensity of your workouts by running slower, sticking to flat surfaces, trying this wogging workout, or walking instead.

Have any of you experienced round ligament pain while pregnant?

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thatgirljj thatgirljj 7 years
Oh my god yes. It was so painful for so long, my doctor scanned for an ovarian cyst just in case, and then pointed out the obviously inflamed ligament on the ultrasound. The good news is that it faded over a few weeks and a pregnancy support belt really did help relieve it. Hang in there!
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