12.3.4 Sudden pain in the side of the lower belly
The uterus is held in place ‘suspended’ by ligaments on each side. Ligaments are like ropes that attach the uterus to the mother’s abdomen. A sudden movement will sometimes cause a sharp pain in these ligaments. This is not dangerous. The pain will usually stop in a few minutes. It may help to stroke the belly gently, or to put a warm cloth on it.