Torn ligaments under bump - any guidance?

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Torn ligaments under bump - any guidance?

Torn ligaments under bump - any guidance?
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One of my ladies has been informed by her doctor that she has torn her ligaments under the left side of her baby. I would love to hear from anyone who has encountered this and how they assisted the healing process. I'm aware some women experience stretching pains as their bump grows caused by tight abdominal muscles but haven't come across anyone whose actually torn them. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks.
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Wed, Mar 14 2007 5:32 PM In reply to
catm

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Hi Annette

The stretchy pains that women feel as the babies grow come not just from the abdominals but also from the ligaments that hold the uterus in place. There are the round ligaments at the front and the broad ligaments at the back. In Blandine Calais-Germain's book 'The Female Pelvis' there is a great illustration on page 57 that shows how much these ligaments have to stretch and also how they change direction. The round ligaments differ from other ligaments in the body in that there are muscle fibres present often causing them to contract which the women feel as a sharp stitch like pain. This can happen while rolling over in bed or during sudden movements - I think it's the body's way of protecting itself.

All the breathing work we do helps the body to accomodate the baby with more ease. Lots of deep belly breathing helps open space. It also helps the women to slow down and adjust and adapt to their growing babies.

The woman may find that is was just a particularly stretchy phase for her body and the baby was in an uncomfortable position or she may well have torn some ligaments. If she has torn, then I would avoid big stretches and allow the body to heal. Breathing will help improve the circulation to the area and promote this process. She might also invest in a belly bra - to help take the strain off those ligaments. I'm not a big fan usually of these type of things as I tend to think that muscle tone is encouraged to atrophy further, but with sprains and strains they can help the body put more energy into repair.

Namaste

Cat x x

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Wed, Mar 14 2007 7:40 PM In reply to
annette

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Dear Cat,Thank you so much for your thoughtful and informative response. Immensely helpful. I have Blandine's book so will be looking up the diagram you've indicated after I've sent this. Her doctor believes they are torn so it will be safest proceed with that thinking and I'll definintely follow your guidance with regards to teaching. Upon hearing her news, I altered the class I was planning to teach, with instinct telling me to teach a more gentle class featuring more breathing/ meditation and surrendering postures.And finally, just want to express what a wonderful service this forum offers, allowing us access to eachother's knowledge. Simply fantastic! Thanks ever so much, I greatly appreciate your speedy response.Annette x