Last updated on Jan 31st, 2021 at 09:46 pm

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

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.

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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.

READ: 10 pregnancy warning signs to look out for

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.

ALSO SEE: Exercises to ease pregnancy pain

  • 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.

Pregnancy Pouch Maternity Belt