Groin Pain During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on October 17, 2012

Bodily and hormone changes occur continuously through the nine months of pregnancy. These changes can often lead to groin pain in the first, second and third trimester. This pain is accompanied by various other aches and pains. Taking care of your body and being careful with it is the only real way to reduce your suffering. Other structural changes like widening of the pelvis and expanding of other joints can also cause groin pain. This is also because the center of gravity of the body is changing.

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Sometimes during pregnancy you may feel a sharp and severe pain in the groin that lasts for a few minutes. This can also be due to expanding ligament around the uterus. This ligament expands and thickens to accommodate the growing uterus.


This pain occurs if you get up too quickly or if you cough. The muscles supporting the pubis joint also relax during the nine months of the pregnancy, again, to ready to the body for labor. This can cause instability of the pelvic joint and cause pain.

The trick to managing groin pain during pregnancy is simple. Maintain a correct posture. Practice safe lifting to avoid damage to the joints. Get and wear correct flat footwear. Do not stand for long periods of time. When you sit, keep your legs elevated. This will prevent the common sharp in the thigh as well, which is a common occurrence in pregnant women. When you lie down, lie on your side to take pressure off the pelvic region. You can even use heat or ice packs to get rid of mild but chronic pain. Exercise is a great way to keep pain at bay. Yoga and some asanas have known to help. You can use natural herbs and essential oils in baths and massages to feel better. You can use a pregnancy support pillow for better support. Try and avoid any medication for the pain. Increase the calcium and magnesium in your diet. Remember to eat and drink well. A balanced diet with good rest is a must mantra for pregnant women. Sometimes constipation or flatulence can also cause acute abdominal aches which can be mistaken for groin pain. Ensure you follow tips to reduce the gas in your system as you will prone to gas and a bloated feeling in your pregnancy months.

If the pain is acute, or the pain grows worse over time and is accompanied by symptoms like discharge and bleeding, you should definitely visit a doctor.

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