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When Pregnancy Gets Painful

By Lauren Jimeson |

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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Lauren Jimeson is the author of A Mommy in the City, which chronicles living the city life with a suburban mentality. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “When Pregnancy Gets Painful

  1. Nadia says:

    Ouch! That doesn’t sound fun. My mom has bad varicose veins, so bad that she had to have surgery to get some relief. She always wears support hose, and that helps out a lot! I hope that helps!

  2. Amanda says:

    I understand completely! This is my second pregnancy and even though I had a big baby the 1st time (10lbs 4oz) i did not experience real pain until about 8 months along when I get sciatica. This time around I experienced sciatica around 5 months and it has only gotten worse. Now I am 37 weeks and my stomach is heavy and my back has so little support it feels like my abs are ripping apart…This little guy is on track to be just as big as his brother if not bigger and I can’t wait to get him out!

  3. Sarah at The Stroller Ballet says:

    I had a super sore back for most of my pregnancy…re: the veins, though, my recommendation would be to invest in a pair of compression stockings. They’re pricey, but I wore them all throughout my pregnancy. They definitely help with the veins!

  4. nikki says:

    i just hurt every where feels like i pulled a groin muscle plus horrible back aches these started at about 30 weeks sometimes my stomach hurts so bad i think im in labor im really done im 36 weeks and 5 days i can barely walk let alone take care of my daughter and my doctor responded with your pregnant it’s supposed to be uncomfortable huh he has no idea

  5. Nicole says:

    Hey- Make sure that’s not a blood clot! I had severe pain in my left leg during my last pregnancy and all the doctors (urgent care, ERs, OBs) I saw just told me it was the baby pinching a nerve, sciatica. Turned out it was a massive blood clot and I ended up having to have my son prematurely. The only way to be sure it’s not a blood clot is to get an ultrasound done. My veins looks like they have varicose but it’s actually a blood clot…

  6. Lionspaw says:

    I’ve had pain in my hip joints since about 12 weeks. As I’ve gotten further along it has traveled (while remaining in my hip joints) around to my entire backside and is starting to travel down my legs. I’m pretty sure Baby is on my Sciatic nerve, because that is what happened with my first. Despite the aches and how uncomfortable I become, I am loving every minute of the aches and pains because it means Baby is growing and everything! (I’m 20 weeks…21 on Tuesday.)

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