I don't really have any advice, maybe some ice. I didn't do anything, it didn't bother me THAT much.
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I 2nd the "theraputic massage"
~Christy , mom to DD Sage (12-2003) and DS Isaac (04-2012) , wife to Josh .
Probably you have alot of pressure, and the pelvic rocks will help relieve that pressure some. You might also try a "belly belt" to help with the pressure.
The other suggestions of ice and sitz baths are very good, too.
I always try to have an orgasm when I am that way. But I have never had swollen labia so bad that it _hurt_ to wear snug pants, etc. Just enough to be uncomfortable and annoying.
Before my pregnancy, I would get swollen labia, usually related to unfulfilled excitement, sex dreams, etc.--blood engorges the area, making everything more sensitive. Orgasm or time were the only ways to make it go away. Then again, I never thought of ice or a sitz bath!
I just assumed that when I get it now that I am pg, it is the same thing--relating to hormones that effect the libido. Perhaps there is more to it than that...
Last night I used an ice pack (a cup of water, a cup of rubbing alchol frozen double bagged, its icey but squishy) wrapped in a towel and that helped out a LOT. I bet sitting on the ball with that would be great too!
Good luck! I'm glad you've gotten so many responses and ideas.
Oh yes swimming helps so much... Ahhhhh... helps the pelvic pain too... we've gone for an hour or more every night the last 3 nights and I'm not going to stop going. SO nice.
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