Is Vaginal Pain Normal After Walking A Lot During Pregnancy ?

Pregnant women are often encouraged to walk or exercise to stay healthy during pregnancy. Walking is considered the best and the easiest exercise when you are carrying.

However, for many women, the groin area often hurts after exercising or walking for a longer duration. Not all women feel the pain, but some do suffer to such an extent that sitting or standing becomes a task when the pain strikes in the pelvic region especially in the vagina.

What Causes Pain In The Groin Area

Pain and pressure experienced in the groin area could cause extreme discomfort. Vaginal pain could be experienced in bouts or as dull and pulsating aches that stay for a short while and gradually subside. Most women complain of such discomfort in the mid-pregnancy or during the third trimester—there could be more than one possible reason for that.

Ligament Stretching

Many times you might end up perplexed, figuring out the reason behind the discomfort. You could be apprehensive whether it is normal to experience such intense pain after exercising or is there something wrong with your baby.

Ligament stretching could be one reason

moms feel uncomfortable. Under the effect of hormone Relaxin, the ligaments supporting your pelvic joints loosen up and expand to make space for the baby to pass through at the time of delivery. The pain is caused by stretching of the ligament which happens only during pregnancy.

Round Ligament Pain

Another unpleasant experience is the sharp pain in the pelvic region that mothers often complain about—it is associated with the round ligament present in the pelvic region.
Round ligament is one among many ligament tissues, which holds the growing uterus in its place—it connects the womb to the groin area.

The pain arises when the ligament stretches all of a sudden under the weight of the growing baby. This usually happens if the mother performs quick movements causing the ligaments to tighten and get strained, resulting in a jabbing pain.

Often experienced in the second trimester of pregnancy, round ligament pain is considered normal. You could feel a piercing pain while coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking quickly, or changing positions suddenly while exercising.

How To Cope With Pain

Avoid sudden movements—be it standing up or exercising. Go

for prenatal yoga, but ensure that your doctor knows what exercises you will likely practice and whether they are safe.
Take a warm water bath (not a hot water bath). If you wish to apply a heating pad to curb the pain, ask your doctor before doing so.
If the pain strikes, relax and rest for some time—simultaneously, try massaging the area where you feel pain.

Abdominal Pain In Late Pregnancy

Towards the last trimester pregnancy as the baby starts gaining weight, their slight movement in the womb could initiate a sharp pain.
It is not just your baby, even a sudden movement while exercising could put pressure on the nerves in and around the vagina—an exquisite pain follows making you restless.

The aches and pains during pregnancy may be bothersome, but most of them are considered normal. Prolonged exercising or simply taking a long walk can increase the discomfort.

How To Cope With Pain

If you experience pain, it is best advised to stop doing the exercise and sit back in a comfortable position, keeping your feet slightly elevated from the ground. Walk for

not more than 30 minutes or replace the schedule by practicing some light stretches instead.


Pain in the groin area could also be linked to constipation. Sadly, pregnancy often triggers the release of hormones that can affect your digestion to an extent of causing disconcerting pain. Constipation is one such symptom that many women dread during pregnancy. Walking and exercising for a long time could cause minor aches to severe pain.

How To Cope With Pain

Mothers are very familiar with the term constipation. Those who have consulted a doctor might have been advised to eat foods rich in fiber like fruits, whole-grain bread, vegetables, lentils, apples, bananas, beans, carrots, sweet corn, cereals, prunes, figs, and strawberries.

Drink plenty of water—about eight glasses of water (12 ounces each) is recommended. Eat 5-6 meals in small quantities—avoid bulk eating.

There could be other reasons for pain in the pelvic region. If you feel constant jabbing pain in the groin that doesn’t dissipate, consult your doctor immediately. If the symptoms also include fever and bleeding, no time should be wasted to contact your health expert.