I am 23 weeks. For the several days I have had some very sharp pains in my vaginal area. These are making it hard for me to walk. What is this pain? What can I do to help ease it? Will it last the rest of my pregnancy?
Thank you for answering.
It kind of depends on what kind of pain it is. Usually "very sharp pains" are ligament pain. As your child grows, the ligaments that attach to the bones in your vagina are being stretched, especially when your baby moves or you move.
By now you should have gained about 13 pounds if you began your pregnancy with a normal weight (less if you started out overweight). If you are gaining more than you should, that would stretch the ligaments even more, and I would advise going on a strict pregnancy diet (not a regular diet) right away so that the rest of your pregnancy is more comfortable, and so your baby gets the correct nutrition.
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.