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Round Ligament Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is round ligament pain?

Round ligament pain is caused when ligaments are stretched as your uterus (womb) gets bigger during pregnancy. Round ligaments are found on each side of your uterus. They are bands of tissue that hold the uterus in place. Round ligament pain happens most often during the second trimester. It is a normal part of pregnancy and should stop by the third trimester. The pain is not serious and will not hurt your baby.

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What are the signs and symptoms of round ligament pain?

How is round ligament pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your pain. Tell the provider when the pain started, and if you feel it on one or both sides. Your provider may ask if anything helps the pain or makes it worse.

What can I do to manage my pain?

Round ligament pain does not need to be treated. The following may help make you more comfortable:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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