When you sneeze, you may find that you have a sharp pain go through your pregnant belly which can be quite sudden and painful.
So what causes this pain when you sneeze and is it normal?
Round Ligament Pain
The pain you experience when you sneeze is called round ligament pain.
The round ligament is one of several thick ligaments that surround and support your uterus during pregnancy. The round ligament connects your groin and the front of your uterus. Normally, the round ligament stretches, tightens and relaxes slowly. However, during pregnancy, the round ligament is stretched out further.
When you sneeze, the round ligament reacts to the sudden movement by tightening quickly, similar to the way a rubber band snaps. This can cause a sharp jabbing feeling around your belly.
Although it can be painful, it’s usually not something to worry about. Fortunately, there are also some things that you can do to decrease the pain when you sneeze.
How Can You Stop The Pain When Sneezing?
- Hold your stomach – support your belly with both hands when you’re about to sneeze.
- Curl up in the fetal position – if possible, curl up on your side, with your legs and arms curled towards your belly when you’re about to sneeze.
- Don’t lay down flat when you sneeze – this position stretches out the round ligament so when you sneeze, it will hurt even more.
Is It Always Round Ligament Pain?
In a minority of cases, pain when you sneeze may be an indication of a cyst or other complication you may need to discuss with your doctor. If you have sciatica or pelvic girdle pain, these may also increase the pain you experience when sneezing.
Do you think you’re nearly past painful sneezing and round ligament pain? Wait till you pee when you sneeze…