Round ligament pain
Hi Jill! Sorry to hear about your discomfort. I've had just 2 episodes of round ligament pain. The first time it happened, I yelped and then was like "oh my gosh! that was awesome!" because I had literally *just* read what it would feel like and the description was so exactly spot-on with what I felt. :p
Obviously, it must get very tiresome very fast :(
I don't really have any suggestions - hope this is a passing phase for you. I find it annoying how so many websites are all "you'll feel great in the second trimester!" when this is clearly not going to be true for all or maybe even most mamas.
I wouldn't extrapolate about your ability to deal with pain in labor. One of the things that I always think about (first time mom, so we'll see how it goes) is that labor has such a nice narrative arc - when it gets harder, you know you're getting closer, etc. And that sooner or later, it will be over! Plus, all those amazing hormones get flowing to help you cope with labor pains. You don't have those advantages right now, so you're more stuck with other coping methods.
Hope you find some relief - I bet other people will have ideas and suggestions. xo
Thanks so much MarieWalter. The "narrative arc" of labor was particularly comforting to me, as I'm an English teacher and that's one I can grab onto. I'm a first-time mom too.
The pain is less now, a few days in, after lots of rest and tylenol and lots and lots of fluid. I'm thinking that I may also have pulled a muscle in there, or exacerbated that ligament by doing flip turns while I lap swim. Once I heal up enough to exercise again, I'm going to be going much slower!