You may have heard other mamas mention it, or even been told that you’re experiencing it. But what causes it and what does it mean?
What is lightning crotch?
Lightning crotch, also known as fanny daggers, is the nickname given to a sudden and often sharp pain deep in the pelvis or vaginal area. The severity varies but most women find that it’s quite painful and feels like they’re being ‘punched in the crotch’.
What causes lightning crotch?
Although causes can vary and there isn’t definitive medical evidence as to what the cause is, here are some of the most common reasons believed to cause lightning crotch:
- Cervical dilation. Unfortunately, although this is a common reason that many women subscribe to, there is little or no evidence to back this one up.
- Baby stretching. Sometimes, especially when active, baby can stretch in a way that puts extra pressure on your body and causes a sharp pain.
- Baby changing positions. If your baby is turning into or coming out of a breech, transverse or posterior position, it’s not unusual to have a sharp pain as they turn.
- Nerve pain. Sometimes, when baby sits on a nerve, it can cause pain. Here are 25 tips to relieve nerve pain in pregnancy.
- Dropping or ‘lightening‘. Some people refer to it as ‘lightening crotch’ not ‘lightning crotch’ because it also is believed by some, to be pain that happens as baby engages into the pelvis. Here are some tips for getting comfortable after baby engages.
- Round Ligament Pain. The round ligament is one of several thick ligaments that surround and support your uterus during pregnancy. During pregnancy it’s under more pressure from your expanding uterus, so can cause pain when it stretches too fast or too far. Round ligament is also a reason that sneezing during pregnancy can hurt.
- Magnesium Deficiency. The majority of pregnant women are low in magnesium. This can lead to cramps, sciatica, muscle pain, severe morning sickness and even preeclampsia. It’s definitely a good idea to add high potency natural magnesium to your daily supplements if you’ve experienced any of the above.
- If none of these explain the pain you’re experiencing, you may want to check out this article on vulvar varicosities and other issues that can cause vaginal and pelvic pain in pregnancy.
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