31 Weeks Pregnant with Horrible Pain in stomach...just Round Ligament Pain?

Updated on February 25, 2011
A.G. asks from Pocatello, ID
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So for the past week I have had a sharp stabbing pain in the right side of my stomach. like a little below my ribs. I have heard you can get round ligament pain in your stomach and even thought I never had this with my other 2 pregnancies I figured that is what it is. But last night I woke up in the worst pain of my life! I usually sleep on my left side but I woke up on my right side with the strongest, sharpest, stabbing pain on that right side. It was so powerful I couldn't move and felt like I couldn't catch my breath. I thought for sure I was in labor cause the pain was so intense. Finally I was able to roll to my back and then slowly onto my left side. Once I got there the pain went away in my stomach. So is it normal for it to get that bad? Or could it be something else? I have my next appointment on Tuesday so I'll bring it up to my doc but should I be worried at all?

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So What Happened?

Well thanks for all the advise ladies. I gave my doctor a call today. They asked me a ton of questions like am I dizzy, feeling sick, does it hurt to pee? Am I bleeding? etc. All of those are a "no" So they just told me as long as it doesn't happen again I can wait until Tuesday and then they can check me over better. But if the pain comes back before then I have to go in right away. I haven't had anymore pain still today so hopefully it's nothing. But thanks again for all your responses.

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answers from Denver on

Obviously call the doc., but here's an idea. I had a hernia with my 2nd pregnancy...it never bulged out, so wasn't diagnosed for 9 yrs. Ask if that could be the problem. Pain like you described was what led to the diagnosis.

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answers from Miami on

I'm 30 1/2 weeks pregnant with my 4th. Round ligament pain is quite painful but I'm not sure what you are describing is round ligament pain. Call you OB before your next appointment. He or she should be able to answer your question over the phone.

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answers from Johnson City on

I think a call to your doc would be the best idea. I'm sure his office is very used to fielding tons of questions from mama to be's. Like the PP said, my round ligament pain was low in my stomach/groin area. I don't want to scare you but it could be a fibroid on your uterus that is now getting crushed due to your expanding belly.Not life threatening by any means, but sure can be painful. Yep, you guessed it, it happened to me in my first pregnancy. I don't normally mention this to pregnant women, but you are describing mine to a T!

Plus, if you are a worrier like me, just having the doc/nurse listen to your symptoms and reassure you will go a long way in helping reduce your stress level!

Best of luck and let us know what happens.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Im 35 weeks pregnant and what you just describe happened to me a few times , and always when sleeping on the right side, I think is that baby push some organs on that side (because on left side is only the liver ) and the pressure cause the pain maybe a lack of blood irrigation too, I don't thunk is nothing to worry about it unless you are having the same pain all the time, (this is my third pregnancy and never happen with the other two ) . Hope this help to ease your worries.

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answers from Cumberland on

No-just try to relax-if you get concerned call the doc and meet him in the ER.


answers from Chicago on

I would call your doc instead and talk to the nurse. Women can have other issues during pregnancy (not to scare you) including blood clots and aneurysms....better safe than sorry. I have had round ligament pain with all 3 of mine (currently 28 weeks with #3) though not consistent...just when I stand up too fast, etc. It is on the lower stomach and into the groin -- NOT up where you are describing. Best wishes!



answers from Spokane on

you could be constipated or having fake contractions.


answers from Honolulu on

I would get that checked out. You could have a gallbladder infection going on or something similar. Round ligament is normally felt on the lower portion of your abdomen. Good luck momma, I doubt it has anything to do with baby!



answers from Little Rock on

With any significant pain during pregnancy, CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY! There are so many things that your pain could be, many of which are not good and need medical immediate attention. Don't wait - call NOW!

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