Pregnant mothers - week #19
The lying game.
You're so close to the half-way point you can almost feel it. Actually, you can feel it--literally. Around this time you might start to experience what is called round ligament pain. This is usually felt in the lower abdomen or groin, as a bellyache, sharp shooting pain, or a dull, extended ache in the lower abdomen. You're most likely to feel these pains when you move around, get up from lying down, or when you cough.
Round ligament pains occur in pregnancy as the uterus grows. The round ligaments, which surround the uterus, grow and stretch, sometimes causing pain and discomfort. These pains are normal, but if they last longer than a few seconds, become very intense, or are accompanied by spotting, high fever, or chills, call your doctor. Otherwise, simply sitting down and relaxing will help aleviate them.
As you're adjusting to your growing belly, you're probably wondering how you should be lying. This sounds silly, but if you're sporting a 10+ pound gain in your abdomen area, things could get a little crowded for your surrounding organs and heavy for your back. Lying on your back is not only uncomfortable, but also puts a strain on the artery behind baby, decreases blood flow to the lower half of the body, and may cause baby to revert to the wrong position for delivery later in pregnancy. Words of wisdom: it's recommended to lie on your left side with a pillow between your knees.
Have you enrolled in childbirth classes yet? We swear by them. You could learn things like:
- Signs of labor
- Delivery progression
- What to expect during labor and delivery
- Pain endurance techniques
- Partner's involvement
- Providing infant/newborn care
- Benefits of breastfeeding
These classes are especially helpful to parents going through their first pregnancy. Even if you've been through this whole pregnancy thing before, you'll learn some valuable stuff. You could even meet the parents of baby's future friends!