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What does pain in the groin during pregnancy indicate?

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hello, my wife is in the 17 week of pregnancy. she has an uncomfortable pain- on the right side of the groin since yesterday. she had a modest outing the day before doing some basic shopping activities. doctor has advised her duvadilon -r. a tablet a day for a week and told her to abstain from exerting activities. this is her second pregnancy. age 36 yrs. weight 60 kg. What does the symptom relate to? what is duvadilon -R for?are things ok? regards - XXXXXXX
Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 43 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query. Pregnancy causes increase in hormones such as progesterone and relaxin which have a loosening effect on the muscles, joints, and ligaments. This process helps prepare the body for childbirth, but also causes relaxation of tissues and joints that normally support your body. Hence your wife is having this groin pain due to the loosening of ligaments. Another reason could be due to the compression of muscle, ligaments (like round ligament) and nerves due to the growing baby which puts an extra strain on the hips and pelvis.

Relax as such type of pain is not serious unless accompanied by abdominal cramps, spotting or bleeding. Your wife should relax and take complete bed rest by doing minimal exertion activities.

Duvadilan –r (Duvadilan Retard) contains isoxsuprine which is a smooth muscle relaxant which is used to treat pain or prevent premature labor and hence prescribed in pregnancy. Things seem to be ok and your wife should recover in a few days. Just keep an eye on any spotting, increased abdominal cramps or bleeding. In such cases she should consult a gynecologist immediately.

Apart from this treatment, few other things can be done. These include:
1)     Avoid using high heels in pregnancy.
2)     She should lie on one side with knees and hips bent when sleeping or resting. She can also keep a cushion between her knees and under the belly.
3)     She should keep her feet elevated while resting and take adequate calcium and magnesium in her diet.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.
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