Ligament pain: pregnancy

Ligament pain occurs from 20 weeks of pregnancy, often earlier in subsequent pregnancies. There may also be stretching or growing pains early in pregnancy. What is ligament pain and is it something to worry about?


Ligament pain occurs during pregnancy. It is a common complaint. Ligament pain mainly occurs from the 20th week of pregnancy, but there is also a kind of ligament pain in the beginning. In a second or subsequent pregnancy, ligament pain can occur much earlier.

The tires

The uterus hangs, as it were, on strings in the woman’s pelvis. At the top of the uterus are the ligaments that run towards the pubic bone. The straps hold the uterus in place. But when the uterus starts to grow, there is pressure on the ligaments. And this is then described as ligament pain.

Pain early in pregnancy

Although this is not a real ligament pain, it is often described as ligament pain. Early in pregnancy, sharp twinges may suddenly occur, especially when changing position. This is due to the changes that take place in the body, and is completely normal. The pregnancy is still so early that there is no pressure and stretch on the ligaments and there is therefore no ligament pain, but for convenience it is also described as ligament pain. As long as there is no blood loss, stitches or cramps that suddenly arise and disappear again are completely harmless. Cramps that persist and may be accompanied by blood loss are slightly more cause for concern and are best examined by an obstetrician.

Ligament pain early in pregnancy can sometimes be very painful and described as stab wounds. They can occur several times in succession. Try to remain calm during these moments.

Ligament pain from 20 weeks

From 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards, there is increasing weight and pressure on the ligaments. These ligaments need to stretch and this can cause pain. Ligament pain can mainly occur when changing position, such as standing up or bending over. You then feel a sharp, stabbing pain, which subsides after standing still for a while.


Ligament pain cannot be prevented, it is simply part of pregnancy. However, the ligament pain can be limited somewhat. Occasionally tightening the abdomen while standing is a useful exercise. Tense and relax the abdominal muscles regularly. Do not let the abdomen sag when standing for a long time, but tighten the muscles slightly. Try not to round your back. A hot water bottle against the painful stomach in the evening can provide enormous relief, the muscles can relax and you can face it again the next day with fresh courage.

Belly band

If the ligament pain is really severe, an abdominal band can provide support. This is not a decorative belly band, but a real supportive belly band. This belly band also supports the back muscles and fits around the abdomen like an elastic band, with extra reinforcement at the bottom. This supportive belly band fits quite tightly around the abdomen, so you may not find it comfortable. It is often a matter of getting used to it. Try not to wear this supportive belly band too often, as this can make your muscles very lazy. Only wear the belly band during periods when it is really necessary. In between, take off the abdominal band and tighten your abdominal muscles to exercise them.

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