During the first weeks of pregnancy, one of the most common complaints of many women is pain in the lower part of the belly
Sometimes when you reach for something, cough, sneeze or when you change position in bed, you notice, in the groin area, just above where the leg meets the body, a sharp pain or cramp, which usually , it is worse on one side than the other. These pains are known as growing pains, and they are normal during pregnancy.
There are several ligaments that support the uterus.
Towards the end of pregnancy the ligaments stretch to about 24 centimeters and become very thin. The stretching of the ligaments that support the uterus is what causes the pain.
How can this pain be relieved?
- Change position reduces the tension caused by stretching the ligaments. Sometimes you may be more comfortable sitting in a recliner with your knees slightly bent.
- A bag of ice in the area can also help reduce inflammation associated with stretching.
- Pain relieving. This option always as a last resort, and always under the supervision of a doctor.
If abdominal pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, constipation, vaginal bleeding, it is important to call a doctor or go to a hospital.