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How can I relieve pain in my lower abdomen during pregnancy?

When your uterus and your baby grow larger during the latter half of pregnancy, you may experience lower abdominal pain or discomfort. One source can be constipation, which can be eased through adding fruits, raw vegetables, bran products, and lots of water to your daily diet. A sharp pain in either or both groin regions may be round-ligament pain. Round ligaments are cordlike structures beneath the groin region that extend to the top of the uterus on both sides. Sudden movements like rolling over in bed or walking may stretch or cause spasms of these ligaments, causing pain. Reducing physical activity, applying warm heat to the area, or using a pregnancy support girdle may help. If your pain is severe or continues, call your doctor.

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