One of the common problems encountered during pregnancy is groin pain. Pain occurs in the left or right groin with the body change.
What causes groin pain during pregnancy?
Some pregnant women have groin pain. This pain does not affect the baby. But it can restrict the mother’s movements. 1 out of 5 pregnant women experiences groin pain during pregnancy.
The following are some of the factors that cause you to experience groin pain:
- Hormones that change with pregnancy
- The baby growing in your belly putting pressure on the groin area
- Constipation caused by the progesterone hormone
- A history of groin pain
- Previous injury or fall in the groin area
- Groin pain in previous pregnancy
- Working in a physically demanding job
- Being overweight
- Having given birth many times
- Groin pain is a severe pain, but by paying attention to your movements, you can make it disappear in a short time with some changes.
You may feel pain while doing the following physical activities:
- Don’t walk, don’t stand for a long time
- Climbing stairs
- Turning in bed
- Pain when wearing socks, pants, shoes
- Pain when getting in, out of, or driving
When does groin pain occur during pregnancy?
It may be the first week of pregnancy or it may be in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
How does groin pain go away during pregnancy?
Groin pain will go away on its own after a while. However, you can get the groin pain relief by paying attention to the following factors.
1. Don’t stand too long. If you stand too long, it will cause your baby to put too much pressure on your groin area and the pain may be intensified. Therefore, be careful not to stay standing long. If you feel pain while standing, just sit down and rest, you will see that the pain will decrease.
2. Stand up straight. Leaning forward can increase your pain. Take care to keep your back straight when standing.
3. Do not lie on your back. Lie down right or left. Pull your knees towards your stomach. Thus, you avoid stretching your groin area. You can also support it by placing a pillow between the legs to reduce pain and to sleep more comfortably.
4. If you feel pain, stop. If you feel pain while walking or doing any movement, stop and start moving slowly.
5. Apply a hot water bag. It will be very good to put a hot water bag on the sore groin area. Then help relieve pain by massaging.
6.Use pressure relief tapes. Your growing abdomen will put more pressure on the groin area. You can use the patches used during pregnancy to help reduce this pressure.
7. Support your waist. You can put a pillow or towel in the waist pit to support your back while sitting on the chair. Crossing your legs increases your pain. Therefore, do not cross your legs while sitting.
8. Stand up straight while sitting at the table. Sitting bent forward increases your pain, take care to sit upright.
9. Keep your legs side by side. Keep your legs side by side when getting out of bed or getting into and out of the car.
10. Get up with help from the arms. To get up while sitting, get help from your arms and stand up keeping your back straight.
What should be considered in daily physical activities?
- Avoid lifting anything heavy
- If you have to vacuum the house, do it while resting or sweep the half of the house and sweep the remaining half the other day
- Do grocery shopping online
- Sit while preparing food, ironing, getting dressed or undressed
- Go up and down the stairs one by one
- Walk slowly and with small steps while walking
- Choose to wear flexible and comfortable shoes
Which exercises are good for pain?
Moderate exercise is recommended for pain during pregnancy. Walking, plates or swimming are recommended as physical activity. Avoid exercises that require jumping, such as running, basketball, dancing or tennis. Avoid any physical activity in which you feel pain.