Groin Pain During Pregnancy: What to do

A pregnant woman experiencing groin pain

What causes it?

Near the end of the nine months, you may feel a “pull” or “stitch” below your belly or in your groin. This is caused by the weight of your pregnancy stretching the ligaments that hold your uterus in place. This kind of pull can happen when you exercise, cough, or sneeze. It is not comfortable and not serious. Do not let it stop you from being active.

What can I do about it?

Groin Pain during pregnancy
• Stand up straight. Poor posture can cause this pain and make it much worse.
• Do not stand for long periods of time.
• If you get this pain while you are doing exercise, try to notice what makes it happen, and avoid doing this. 

If you get groin pain:

• Do a light, massage in circles around the sore area. Use a very light touch when stroking downward.
• To stop a sudden pain:
  • Lean against something for support.
  • Use both hands to lift up your belly. This will take the pressure away.
  • Continue to hold your belly until the pain goes away.

• Try lying down on the sore side with your legs bent into your chest. This takes the stress off your ligaments and may provide quick relief.
• Do pelvic tilt on your hands and knees:
  • Kneel on your hands and knees. Keep your back flat and your head level with your back. Do not let your back sag.
  • Tighten your abdominal (stomach) muscles, pulling in your tummy and curving your back upward. Hold for a few seconds.
  • Relax back to your starting position. Keep your back flat. Do not let it sag.
  • Repeat a few times.

What if none of this helps?

• Talk with your doctor if this happens often and is painful.
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