Here we go 'round the ligament pain…

by Jen on November 6, 2007

in Does this baby make me look fat?

With my first pregnancy, I didn’t start feeling like crap until around 20 weeks.

It’s easy to remember, because I happened to spend two weeks in England with a friend around the mid-way point, having been reassured by my OB that it was, in his words, “the perfect time to take a trip.” In most ways it was, but it was also when my arms, wrists and hands first started falling asleep (a harbinger of the carpal tunnel and ulnar neuropathy that would have me crying in the shower many a morning within a month). And it was also when my feet started to really, really hurt by the end of the days spent walking around London or parts more remote, as my feet were starting to spread and swell. When I got home, I realized I had been wearing shoes that had become at least a half size too small for me. But up until that point, I had felt fantastic. A little fatigued during the first trimester, but other than that, nothing to complain about.

This time around, I already feel like crap. And I’ve felt like crap for, oh… about the last ten weeks and six days (for those of you now trying to do math on your fingers, that’s since this game got started). Starting from the Clomid, continuing through the progesterone, I’ve had fatigue and mild nausea that have exceeded my first go-round. I’ve had insomnia that didn’t strike last time until the third trimester. My breasts hurt continously, making me aware of their presence every moment of my day (it’s an odd sensation). But the most fun of all is the round ligament pain. I know I sound like a broken record, but last time I didn’t experience this until later, at least until the second trimester (and therefore it was much higher up than I’m feeling it now). Sudden movement is not my friend. Neither are coughing or sneezing.

Overall, however, the discomfort from any of this is not constant and not debilitating (no, debilitating is yet to come, I’m sure, if I use my previous pregnancy as foreshadowing). It just leaves me with a general feeling of malaise. And I really do hate to complain, because no matter what the symptoms, it’s still worth it.

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