October 2011

Dealing with Round Ligament Pain

Tips to help keep you more comfortable.

We deal with many aches and pains during pregnancy, but perhaps one of the most painful and irritating problems is round ligament pain.  Round ligaments support your uterus, abdomen and pelvic area and can be painful as they stretch to accommodate your growing belly.  You will feel sharp or achy pains across your belly, in your groin and around your hips, though usually not all at once and most commonly when moving certain ways or after a lot of walking.

While it is painful, stretching of your round ligaments is usually not cause for concern.  The biggest concern is how to make the pain go away!  I have suffered from it much more this pregnancy than in previous pregnancies, and the following tips have helped bring me relief:

What is Your Stance on Having an Episiotomy?

Is Episiotomy Necessary?

Oh, how I wish someone had asked me this question before I had my first child.  If you haven’t heard of an episiotomy before, it is a procedure the doctor can perform when you are in labor.  In an episiotomy, the doctor makes a small incision in your perineum to help prevent vaginal tearing during delivery.  After delivery, the incision is sewn up and usually heals on its own without complication.

Is Episiotomy Necessary?
That, my friends, is the million-dollar question.  Research now shows there is no clear benefit to having this massacre of our down-there parts.  According to AmericanPregnancy.org:

Intraheptic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Intraheptic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, often called just cholestasis, is a relatively rare condition that occurs in late pregnancy.  It is characterized by nearly unbearable itching, particularly on the hands and feet.  I had never heard of cholestasis until I was about 36 weeks pregnant with my first child.  At the time, there was very little information available on the Internet and my doctor had no idea how to treat it.