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What causes round ligament pain during pregnancy?

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Several thick ligaments surround and support your womb (uterus) as it grows during pregnancy. One of them is called the round ligament.

The round ligament connects the front part of the womb to your groin, the area where your legs attach to your pelvis. The round ligament normally tightens and relaxes slowly.

As your baby and womb grow, the round ligament stretches. That makes it more likely to become strained.

Sudden movements can cause the ligament to tighten quickly, like a rubber band snapping. This causes a sudden and quick jabbing feeling.

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association web site: "Round Ligament Pain."

Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health web site: "Pregnancy: Body Changes and Discomforts."

Ratcliffe, S. , 3rd edition, Elsevier Mosby, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

Ferri, F, 1st edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2012. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013,

Marx, J. , 7th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association web site: "Round Ligament Pain."

Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health web site: "Pregnancy: Body Changes and Discomforts."

Ratcliffe, S. , 3rd edition, Elsevier Mosby, 2008. Family Medicine Obstetrics

Ferri, F, 1st edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2012. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013,

Marx, J. , 7th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2009. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 4, 2018

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