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Monday, November 7, 2011

Now that feels good!

I am 24 weeks into my 7th pregnancy.  Overall, I love being pregnant and truly enjoy this time.  I have very few complaints, but these are my "issues" : back pain and muscle discomfort, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.  Each of these show up earlier and become more pronounced with each pregnancy.  They also get progressively worse as the day goes on.  The more I'm on my feet, the more uncomfortable I become.  Towards the end of they day, I'm moving pretty slow and the "waddle" is my main mode of transportation.

I've discovered two very simple things that help substantially.  The first is a warm bath. I know that sitting in  hot tubs and raising my body temperature are dangerous, so I'm not talking about boiling myself in a tub filled with superheated water.  But soaking in a nice warm tub for 15-20 minutes before I go to bed reduces swelling of all types and helps relax my muscles.  Also, just getting off my feet and laying down for 30 minutes in the middle of the day is a very good thing.

This is SOOOO not a picture of me, but doesn't she look relaxed?!
The second fix is a pregnancy belt which helps with back support.  It reduces the pressure of my expanding mid-section on my lower body.  I only wear it about half of the day, but it sure makes a difference.

Again, not me, but this is the same support that I have.
My doctor suggested compression stockings, but I'm not sure if it's worth it or not.  In order to fix my most affected area, I would need the full up and over the belly stockings.  Seriously, I'm going to the bathroom about once an hour and I think I'd become seriously annoyed having to take them on and off so many times a day.  Anyone have any advice here?

Also, my doctor had always told me to wait off on having varicose veins treated until I was done having children.  Since I don't know when that will be, I had figured that this would just be a cross for me to bear.  However, I did hear that some specialists are fixing varicose veins between pregnancies now.  Anyone have any experience with that?

God Bless!

Heather :-)