The sensations that can be characterized as cramp-like, achy, or sharp, that tend to occur mostly on the sides of the abdominal area during pregnancy are called round ligament pains in pregnancy. The actual round ligaments are located on both sides of the uterus in the pelvic region. In order to support and adapt to the growing uterus, these ligaments elongate and reinforce themselves. The pains that happen occasionally that tend to be described as spasms are a result of the alterations that the round ligaments undergo during the pregnancy process.
1. How Round Ligament Pain Feels
Upon learning what round ligament pain is, most expecting mothers ask the question, “What does round ligament pain feel like?” Other expecting mothers have characterized round ligament pain to be a deep, sharp, stabbing, jabbing, tugging, or stretching kind of sensation that occurs frequently in the lower pelvic or groin area. Round Ligament Pain can occur on just one side, both sides, or mostly one side of the pelvic and abdominal areas. Round ligament pain can tend to radiate upward towards the hip area and or downward toward the groin area. Painful is the word that expecting mothers use in addition uncomfortable when describing what round ligament pain feels like.