How to Manage Lightening Crotch During Pregnancy

A pregnant female body does weird things such as lightning crotch. In this article, we will learn what is lightening crotch and ways to manage it naturally.

What is Lightening Crotch

Lightening crotch in a sudden, stabbing and sharp pain across pelvis, vulva and rectum. Pregnant women define it as a quick and lightning flash of pain. In some pain may also radiate down the legs.

What is Lightening Crotch

What is Lightening Crotch


What Causes Lightening Crotch

Lightening crotch is caused due to following:

Baby’s movement-

Whenever baby changes the position, kicks, stretches there is pressure on the nerves causing sharp pain. When the head of the baby engages into the mother’s pelvis during last weeks of gestation the pain gets intensifies.

Mineral deficiency-

expecting mother needs minerals to carry out essential body functions as well as for her baby. Lack of minerals results in sciatica and muscle cramps.

Round ligament pain-

Round ligament supports uterus and pelvis to stretch to accommodate a growing baby. In some women, more relaxing and progesterone hormone is produced causing more loosening and stretching. When the round ligaments are stretched too far or too quickly, it causes sharp pain.

Varicose pain-

During pregnancy women may get varicosities in their vaginal area due to blood pooling that causes pelvic pain and zinging feeling similar to lightening crotch.

What are the symptoms of lightning crotch

The characteristic symtoms of lightening crotchh is shap pain across the anus, rectum or vulva. The pain instensifies a few weeks before delivery. Other complained symptoms are constipation, urinary incontinence, frequent urination, less heartburn and easier time taking deep breaths.

When does lightening crotch happen

A pregnant female may experience lightening crotch throughout the pregnancy. However a few weeks before labour it is known to intensifies and expecting mother may experience the pain for hours finally leading to labour. The character of the pain is usually sharp. Some expecting females have complained of experiencing lightening crotch when they lie or sit down.

When does lightening crotch happen

When does lightening crotch happen


Is lightening crotch a sign that baby is on the way to the outer world.

No, it is not necessary that lightening crotch is indicating that the baby is coming. The pain may be when baby’s foot or her elbow hit the nerve bundles by the cervix. Through the gestational periods, the baby movement towards the birth canal continues. When baby’s head puts pressure, there is shooting pain. So lighting crotch means that the nerves are being triggered.

Is lightening crotch a reason to be worried

During pregnancy, a new life is growing inside a female body, so random pains and cramps are expected. In case pains or cramps occur at a regular interval along with bleeding or spotting better see your gynaecologist or midwife.

Is lightening crotch a reason to be worried

Is lightening crotch a reason to be worried


Natural ways to manage lightning crotch

Although you do not have a control on your baby’s movement, still you can do a few things to relieve pain caused due to the lightening crotch.

Chiropractic adjustments-

Chiropractc adjustsents areleases subluxations causing nerve compressions and aligns the spine. It adjusts the pelvis and spine to relieve the pressure that is put on the nerves and the ligaments that cause shooting pain.

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments


Myofascial release-

Myofascial therapy normalises the tome of pelvic floor muscle. It can be done by a chiropractor specialised in this field. It activates the trigger points it releases the muscles that cause nerve compression.

Stretching exercises-

Gentle stretching exercises during pregnancy prepares the body for the stress of labour.

Stretching exercise

Stretching exercise


Walk-

be regular with a walk during pregnancy to tone muscles and keep joints moving.

Walk

Walk


Supportive clothing-

You can wear a belly band and compression garments to relieve pressure in the pelvic area and prevent blood from getting pooled in the vagina and lower extremities.

Supportive clothing

Supportive clothing


Magnesium supplementation-

For the proper functioning of nerves magnesium is essential. It prevents muscle cramps during pregnancy.
Do not try any stretching exercise or any other natural ways to get rid of lightening crotch during pregnanacy without consulting an expert.

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