Like many first-time moms-to-be, I found pregnancy to be a nerve-racking set of painful, annoying, disturbing, and often surprising symptoms. Not only was each one a completely new experience for me, but I unfortunately discovered that sometimes the only cure for pregnancy pain is waiting it out and giving birth. When I experienced lightning crotch — the painfully accurate name for those feelings of electricity coming out of your vagina in late pregnancy — I asked my midwife for advice. Luckily, I found some relatively easy-to-use lightning crotch remedies, to relieve my pain until my baby was born.
For anyone who hasn’t experienced lightning crotch themselves, it’s exactly what it sounds like — electric pain in your pelvic area. As Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN wrote for Healthline, "lightning pain is caused by the pressure and position of the baby as they descend into the birth canal to get ready for delivery." In other words, as your baby gets bigger, they literally touch your cervix from the inside, which I can tell you feels just as weird as it sounds. The only thing that helped me personally with my lightning crotch was trying to take it easy and resting as much as I could, especially with a giant pregnancy pillow between my legs.
When I’ve asked other experienced moms to share their best lightning crotch remedies, I learned even more tricks and tips for easing this shocking pain, including applying an ice pack directly to your aching vagina, or resting in a warm bath. Other mom-proven cures include lying on your left side, or resting on hands and knees, to move your baby's head off of your sore cervix for a change. I totally wish I had thought to ask other moms when I was still pregnant and trying to cope with electric pain during the unbearably long and uncomfortable last weeks of pregnancy. If you are in your third trimester and find yourself with electricity-like pain coming out of your vagina, you might try some of the following tried and true remedies: