Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


Round Ligament Pain

I know that everyone probably hates me for not ever experiencing morning sickness. If you didn’t know that, well I just said it again, I did not experience any morning sickness. Lucky me right? Well I think my payback has arrived.

Last night I was brushing my teeth when I suddenly got incredibly sharp pains in my left lower abdomen that went around to my lower back. I couldn’t stand, sit, or move at all. I honestly thought my appendix burst or something. Thankfully it went away after about 5 minutes. I laid down and fell asleep since the pain was completely gone.

Doesn't that just look painful? YUCK!

Today I was thinking about it and realized that I’ve had less intense pain the that same area when I move a certain way. I decided to call the OB to see if I needed to worry or what I could do from home. The lady on the phone told me that since I am 22 weeks along I need to call Labor and Delivery. WHAT?? That just sent me into a reality check. I mean I was actually on the phone with labor and delivery. If I had a bad enough problem I would have to go to LABOR AND DELIVERY! That is crazy. It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant.

But anyways, they had me describe my symptoms and told me that it sounded like I was suffering from round ligament pain. This occurs because the ligaments connected to the uterus get strained when the uterus grows. I was told to take tylenol and use a heating pad. That made me feel better but worried at the same time.

Since I have 2 uteruses I know that there is a possibility that my baby wont be able to grow to her full potential inside me and that could cause some serious pain. It doesn’t mean that she wont be healthy it just means she might have to come early and do some growing at the hospital. If I have these severe pains the rest of the pregnancy I am definitely getting my payback for the lack of morning sickness.

Has anyone felt this before? Is it going to be a common occurrence?

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5 Comments on “Round Ligament Pain”

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown November 8th, 2010 2:35 pm

    I’ve been feeling this off and on for about 3 weeks or so, and I’m a week behind you! My pain isn’t as severe as yours sounds, though. I tend to do the same thing and lay down and try not to take tooooo deep of breathes because that usually tends to make it feel worse!

    You’ll get through it and don’t worry when it happens again, at least you’ll know that you don’t have to panic! They told me to imagine my uterus suspended in the air by a rubber band, and to see how much the bands stretched as the uterus grew bigger… ouch lol

  • Moon February 9th, 2011 1:09 am

    Felt this a lot during my first pregnancy and even more now that I’m pregnant with twins (Ive been feeling it for a couple months and Im only 20 weeks). It is a normal part of pregnancy and seems to vary among people. Mine wakes me in the middle of the night when I turn over if I’ve been in the same position for awhile, if I move a certain way too quickly, or even if I’ve over-worked myself. And all I can do is take Tylenol (which doesn’t ease my pain when its at its worst.) Sometimes, only pressure directly on my stomach (like pressing a pillow against me)eases the pain or keeping my knees as close to my chest as I can if I’m going to sneeze or cough, etc.

    But it is nothing to worry about as long as its not accompanied by any other symptoms. I know it doesn’t sound encouraging, but just chalk it up as another lovely pregnancy symptom we get to deal with. =)

  • Breanna Sykes February 10th, 2011 9:04 pm

    yea it’s been getting worse and worse but I’m used to it know.

  • cindy grove January 5th, 2012 10:00 am

    I just happened upon this site, doing some research on this kind of pain. Wow, jackpot on the first try! I started having this too, just yesterday more severly than ever and it’s a bit scary. I’m 53 yrs old and have a VERY prolapsed uterus. I carried three large babies very low and it pretty much ‘rearranged’ me! They’re now 31, 27 and 23. I also inherited a swayed back, plus am fairly sedentary and out of shape.

    Part of my reason for replying, is a warning to all you young moms… if you retain extra abdominal fat past childbearing years, you’re likely to develop uterine prolapse. The fat simply pushes it downwrd over time, stretching the ligaments that hold it there (no wonder my side is killing me!). I’ve noticed over the past several years, even fairly thin women having a ‘muffin top’. This is a new phenomenon, a direct correlation to all the high fructose corn syrup now in our food supply. HFCS alters our homonal system and triggers ‘male pattern’ weight gain, putting us at risk for diabetes, heart trouble, and other endrocrine disorders. Great site here, good advice!!

  • Onslow Theckla Onslow Theckla January 10th, 2012 11:26 am

    Hi Cindy,

    Welcome to MomTalk! Just wanted to send you a quick response and let you know that the blogger who posted this is actually no longer with us. We appreciate your readership and your participation in the blog! We hope that you will continue to be apart of this on-going conversation that is MomTalk.



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