Monday marked my 22nd week of pregnancy. I had my routine check up yesterday and the good news is that the baby is looking fantastic and is very healthy, the bad news is that this pregnancy continues to kick my butt.
I don’t remember ever being super uncomfortable during my first pregnancy until the very end. Two weeks before I delivered, it hurt to stand up and my belly felt like it weighed a ton. I figured that it was going to get uncomfortable at some point and I was very grateful that I only had two weeks of pain to endure.
This time around, I’ve started having incredible pain at week 20. That means I have 20 more weeks of pain to endure before some relief.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve had the worst pain down my right leg. There are times when I get out of bed in the morning and I can barely put pressure on it because it is too painful. When I pressed on the my thigh it felt like there was a bruise going all the way down. A couple of days ago I tried to examine my leg to see any physical signs of why I was having so much pain, and low and behold I found my solution; varicose veins.
These blue, swollen veins in my leg were the culprit to what has been causing me my excruciating pain for the past couple of weeks. I did not get them with Harlan until the very end of my pregnancy and did not expect them to show up this early with my second! When I approached my doctor about the pain, she said that unfortunately there really isn’t anything I could do but take some tylenol and wear more supportive clothing.
She also told me that they tend to show up earlier and earlier with each pregnancy and jokingly said that if we decide to have a third they will most likely show up before a positive pregnancy test!
The vain side of me wanted to make sure that there would be some relief with these after having the baby. She assured me that they would most likely go away once I deliver the baby.
Have you ever experienced unexpected painful side effects from pregnancy?
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