Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What's next, crotch pain?

Today's Workout:
5 mile run

Hello friends and happy hump day! I woke up this morning at 4:20 am to go on my typical easy run. As usual, I was excited to dash this fat belly down the road as I listen to my huffs and puffs in amusement. However, today's run took a slight turn. As soon as I started jogging, I felt a piercing pain on my bikini line. The pain shortened my strides and forced me to wobble jog with a limp. "Here goes Quasimodo again," I thought. As I continued jogging, the pain in my groin grew worse before it got better. It felt as if my groin was super tight. "Should I stretch out?" I began to wonder what could be causing this pain.

I thought about going back home, but in my complete stubbornness I continued running. The pain eventually subsided and became more of a discomfort. "What the hell could this be? I am NOT going to stop running!" Those were the only thoughts going through my mind.

Anyway, when I got to work, my co-worker explained that those aches and pains in my groin are quite normal. She said it's part of the pregnancy process and it's suppose to hurt like crazy. She said it's called "round ligament" pain. Just my luck! So, I decided to do some research and here's what I found:

What's round ligament pain?
When women are pregnant, their uterus grows to accommodate the fetus. Ligaments are what hold the uterus to the abdominal cavity. As the uterus grows, the ligaments, particularly the "round ligament," stretches like a rubber band and irritates the nerves that are nearby.

The pain starts at the groin and it moves up to the hips, but it only lasts a few seconds. YAY! Certain activities can cause the ligament to stretch out which inevitably causes pain. These activities include, coughing, sneezing, standing up too quickly, rolling in bed and physical activities, such as RUNNING. What's next, crotch pain? Ugh!!

Remedies for round ligament pain:
The literature I read suggested that certain yoga poses help alleviate the pain. These poses are the cat cow pose and the savasana pose.

Cat Cow Pose
Savasana Pose
If you're a runner like me, they suggest wearing a compression support band. If that doesn't help, then try reducing the intensity of the run, stick to flat surfaces or walk.
My support band.
Clearly this band is not working on me, soooooo, does that mean I have to slow down? GULP! =/
Have you ever experienced round ligament pain?
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  1. I had RL pain with both of my pregnancies. It was even worse with the second one. I wasn't a runner when I was pregnant but yes the other trigger activities you listed were what caused it for me. There's not much you can do about it in my experience. And I wish you luck if crotch pain starts. I had that also the last few weeks and it was not fun. The only thing that felt good was sitting on an exercise ball. It was like the counter pressure relaxed it.

  2. I will definitely look into that ball! ;) Thanks!

  3. I've got the RL pain too, especially during and after my runs. I think I'm going to give a maternity belt a try, but other than that, I'm not sure what to do. I'll keep following along with your journey to see what remedies you may discover :)

  4. Hello Suzanna! I tried the maternity belt but I didn't like it. I spoke with my doctor this weekend and she said that there's no cure for the RL pain. She suggested the maternity belt and I told her I didn't like it. That's pretty much the only remedy =(. Good luck with running and pain =(