What is that Pain in My Belly?
Have you ever wondered what that jabbing pain in your belly is? You know that one that gets you when you roll over in bed at night? And let’s not forget about when you sneeze... yikes!
Well that is your Round Ligament. A ligament that connect the front of your uterus to your pelvis. And as your belly gets bigger, your round ligament is stretched. The way that ligaments operate is that they tighten very quickly and then relax slowly. So, when you make a quick movement the ligament tightens which result is in that jabbing pain. And then it relaxes, and your pain goes away.
Although this is “normal” physiology, so many women in the office share that they no longer experience this pain when we have balanced their pelvis and spine. This is done through the use of chiropractic adjustments utilizing the Webster’s Technique. Imagine how your life would be different if you no longer had that jabbing pain multiple times a day?
Maybe bath time with the older kiddo is a little better (because we all know bathing a toddler while pregnant is the easiest thing out there 🤪).
Maybe you no longer have pain when you roll over in bed, so you are getting better sleep. 😴 so you are more rested! That allows for you to do so many things and just feel more human all together.
Maybe baby no longer experiences in-utero constraint and is able to move around and get into the proper position for birth. This decreases your stress of wondering if baby is in the proper position and helps you better prepare for the vaginal delivery that you want.
If these are changes in your life that you would like to experience, maybe chiropractic care, specifically the Webster’s Technique, would be beneficial for you.
So what is the Webster’s Technique? It involves a specific chiropractic analysis and the application of a chiropractic adjustment to the sacrum along with soft-tissue work. A sustained thumb contact is applied to a specific point on the patient's belly to release tension in the corresponding round ligament.
After receiving this adjustment, most moms say they feel so much less tension in their belly!
It is recommended that you go to a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster’s Technique to get the best results, and guess what! Dr. Liz is certified in Webster’s Technique and has assisted many women through their pregnancy with chiropractic care!
If you are not in the Columbus area and would like to find a chiropractor near you who is certified, please visit www.ICPA4kids.org.
Beyond chiropractic care, some ways that you can lessen this pain is flexing your legs up when you know that you need to sneeze, cough or laugh. You can also find some great prenatal yoga stretches online that are specific to lessening round ligament pain. Avoiding sudden movements is also recommended to lessen the pain, but let’s be honest, that is not always so easy when you have a toddler running around!
You do not need to just accept this jabbing pain as a normal part of your pregnancy, even though many women do! You can make your body a priority right now as you go about preparing for the arrival of your little one!
And make sure that if this pain seems to be too intense or changes suddenly, reach out to your OB to see what their recommendations are!