In my labia of all places! Anyone have experience with this? When I stand up for long periods of time, I have a achy feeling in my left labia. I noticed the other day, that there is also a big bulge there. Great! It isn't blue or anything, and the bulge seems to disappear when I lay down, so I am thinking that it must be a hernia. I'm hoping it isn't tho, maybe it is a varicose vein that will disappear after delivery. Fingers crossed! I am seeing my midwife on Monday, but odds are I won't really mention it then, since I will have my 3 kids in tow.
hernia or some kind of varicosities
I have varicose veins and I have had that problem with every baby since #2. =) It has always gone away after delivery for me. I think it was a couple of babies before I realized that it hurt worse the day after "bedtime activity." And definitely doing that two nights in a row means it hurts a TON the next day - we just don't do that two nights in a row anymore. =( At least it goes away after the baby is born! =) I am on baby #5. Sorry if that is TMI but it took me a long time to figure that out so it could be helpful information. =)
Brittarey -- can I ask where you got your support garments and what brand, etc?
My midwife doesn't seem too concerned about mine -- I have a vein (or two?) from my inner thigh up to my labia as well. I don't believe they go inside at all. And they don't bother me yet but she did recommend getting support garments to prevent further damage.
Anyone know of any increased risks during birth because of this?
My PCP thinks mine is an inguinal hernia. Those don't go away magically after delivery like the veins do. They require surgery. I am hoping he is wrong. I just poked around online, and apparently inguinal hernias can be misdiagnosed in pregnancy. The other option is apparently more rare, tho, but round ligament varicosities apparently can cause inguinal swelling .(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3204688/). I need a good ultrasound tech to diagnose me correctly. Mine hurts, especially after being on my feet a lot. I just bought this supportive band, which is apparently good for both hernias and vulvar varicosities -- http://babybellyband.com/ I haven't received it yet, so I can't vouch for it, but I was happy to find something sized for pregnant women. Most of the hernia belts looked to be made for men -- I guess hernias are more common in men. The doctor said that if it gets worse I have to go on bedrest. I'm hoping that they don't risk me out of the birth center because of this. I am seeing the midwife on Monday, we'll see what she says. I'll also cross post a thread from another message board that I found helpful, in case anyone else finds themselves in a similar situation and needs information -- http://www.babycenter.com/400_going-into-labour-with-an-inguinal-hernia_2015569_42.bc
Please let me know if anyone finds a supportive device that they recommend. I can't always lay down as I am supposed to, and I am pretty uncomfortable.
I just got fitted this week for thigh high compression stockings. My insurance covered most of it. I'm glad I went to get fitted, because I fell into the medium range for sizing, but I ended up with the small sized ones. They were $20 when I went through my insurance. The compression leggings have actually made a difference in my groin issues somehow. I have a V2 supporter on order, I hope it comes soon, I think it will make a big difference for me. The babybellyband didn't do enough to support my groin, although the bellyband part of it was helpful in taking the pressure off of my pelvis.
Hey Ladies -- wanted to share something with all of you that totally shocked me. I've been sick with this nasty cold/cough that's been going around and have been downing hot tea (instead of decaf coffee) like there's no tomorrow. As it happens, the tea I've been drinking is a raspberry leaf tea blend that I bought from my midwife's office. After about 5 days of drinking around 16-24oz, I noticed a HUGE benefit (besides relief from my coughing/congestion) ... my varicose veins no longer hurt or bother me ... in fact, they feel like they're either stable or even getting better! And I no longer have the 'end-of-the-day' heaviness in my uterus where I feel like my body is falling apart. This is also amazing to me because I've been living in sweat pants for almost 2 weeks and haven't been wearing any support garments of any kind. AND add to the fact that I cough 100x a day, adding to the pressure 'down there' -- but have no discomfort from it. My conclusion is that it MUST BE the tea I'm drinking. I've always heard that raspberry leaf tea is supposed to be really beneficial for uterine health, but never put any stock in it ... until now.
You've got to check this stuff out ... only wish I'd known about it much sooner in my pregnancy or even in my earlier pregnancies.