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Groin Pain During Pregnancy

| May 30, 2012

Groin pain during pregnancy is usually caused by hormonal changes and also changes due to increase in body weight and the fetus. Pregnancy is usually accompanied by a lot of changes, due to the increase in pregnancy hormones like estrogen, progestrogen and relaxin. These hormones brings about some structural changes which causes pain in the abdominal and pelvic region which includes the lower back, hips, inner thighs and groin. It comes as a sharp and intense pain, lasting a few seconds.

Causes of Groin Pain During Pregnancy

Hormonal Changes

These changes always occur during pregnancy, there is always a rise in the pregnancy hormone causing the muscles, ligaments and joint to loosen up, thereby preparing the body for child birth. This process causes pain in the lower abdominal area, hips and groin.

Round Ligament Pain

This is the ligament surrounding and supporting the uterus in the pelvis, in pregnancy there is stretching and thicking of the ligaments in order to support the growing uterus. This causes pain in the groin area, hips and pelvis.

Structural Changes of The Body

The increase in body weight and also the growing fetus causes pressure on the hips, muscles and the pelvic joints, which leads to pain and discomfort in the abdominal area and the pelvic.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

This occurs due to tenderness of the ligaments supporting the symphysis pubis joint. This happens when the pregnancy hormone “relaxin” which is secreted by the corpus luteum relaxes the ligaments supporting the symphysis pubis joint, in order to prepare the body for child birth, this makes the pelvic joint unstable thereby causing pain in the lower back, hip and groin.

Taking Care of Groin Pain During Pregnancy

There are simple measures one can take to manage groin pain during pregnancy and also avoid it getting worse like wearing comfortable shoes to provide good support to the pelvic region, maintaining good or correct posture. There are also pregnancy exercises one can indulge in, which could be very effective and taking yoga classes is also good during pregnancy. You can also avoid standing for too long, when sitting try to slightly elevate both legs and when sleeping lie on your side, bending your knees and hip to reduces pressure. Ice parks or warm compresses can also be applied to areas where pain is felt or alternatively, you can take analgesics.

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