Lightning crotch is the nickname given for the sudden and often sharp pain some pregnant moms experience deep in the pelvis or vaginal area during pregnancy. Is it normal? We explain what causes it and when to be concerned. By Xanet Scheepers
Have you ever felt a sharp, stabbing pain in your pelvis or vagina during pregnancy? Some moms describe the feeling as “being punched in the crotch”. It’s called lightning crotch and is caused by the pressure and the position of the baby as she descends to the birth canal for labour.
Is lightning crotch normal?
Yes, it’s normal. The pain means that you’re getting closer to delivering your baby. The bad news is that you could experience lightning crotch for weeks before you actually go into labour, says registered nurse Chaunie Brusie on Healthline.com.
Should I be concerned when I experience lighting pain?
“Most of the time it’s not serious, especially if it’s not interfering with your daily activities and it isn’t accompanied by any other symptoms,” says Chaunie.
When to see the doctor
If the pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever, abnormal or fluid discharge or bleeding, schedule an appointment with your gynae as soon as possible.
What can I do to ease the discomfort?
Here are a few things you can do to feel comfortable during your pregnancy:
- Regular moderate exercise (if your doctor gives you the go ahead). Staying active will help keep your joints flexible as your body takes on a heavier load from your growing baby.
- Wear a support brace. It helps to lift and support your belly to take some pressure off your hips, joints and cervix. We like the Pregnancy Pouch Maternity Belt, which has been approved by gynaecologists, biokineticists and physiotherapists.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.