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Easing Round Ligament Pain During Pregnancy
by Helene Byrne

Round ligament pain is a common discomfort in the last half of pregnancy. It is most often felt on one side of the lower abdomen. Some women will experience a dull aching sensation, others a sharp stabbing pain. It's caused by the hormones of pregnancy which softened and stretch ligaments, in conjunction with the mechanical force of the growing weight of the uterus. The round ligaments provide lateral stability to the uterus, to help the organ stay in good alignment.

The good news is that you don't need to suffer through the pain. You can stop round ligament pain instantaneously by performing the "hip hiker" exercise.

Hip Hiker Exercise:

  1. Stand next to a countertop or wall with your painful side facing outward. Place one hand on the countertop or wall for balance.

  2. Lift your foot of the painful side off the floor a little bit.

  3. Lift your hip bone on the painful side straight upward. Hold for 30 seconds. Keep the rest of your body erect, just move your pelvis.

  4. Slowly release your pelvis and place your foot back down.

  5. Stand equally on two feet for a moment or two.

If you're prone to round ligament pain, perform this simple exercise several times a day.

About the Author:
Helene Byrne is a pre and post natal fitness specialist, and founder of BeFit-Mom at http://www.befitmom.com. She is the author of the acclaimed book "Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best," and the award winning DVD "Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning." Her mission is to help women have healthy pregnancies and babies, and to inspire and motivate all women to lead their families to better health.

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