I LOVE being pregnant. I really do. (no hint of sarcasm, that is the absolute truth.) I love the way the body grows and develops when a woman is pregnant - and I think the bulging belly is just beautiful.
I am lucky. I get told it often. And I feel that I am. I carry well, I look 'small' and generally don't put on a lot of weight. I am all baby and have been lucky enough with the 2 boys to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight winthin weeks. (We'll see if I'm as lucky this time.) These are all good genetics and none of my doing. It is pure luck and I can do nothing about it. So sorry everyone!
Apparently these are hereditary too.
An 80yr-old lady's leg? Nope. Mine.
See the bulge on the left hand side above my knee cap? Varicose vein. There's another smaller bulge towards the bottom of the photo on the left side. The rest is my spider web!
My legs used to my favourite part of my body. Now I can only say that about one leg! Yes, these lovely veins only occur in my left leg. (These photos don't do them real justice.) I wear a pressure stocking to help with the pain. It brings wonderful relief. But sadly, the veins still look hideous.
The worst of it is that they continue to the 'nether regions'. Did you know that varicosities in the crotch area were symptomatic of pregnancy? I didn't. But I sure as heck do now! Don't ask me to stand in a queue for more than a minute. I dread the checkouts at Woolworths. It literally feels as though my bottom will fall out!
Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on any woman's body. We all have different burdens to bear. I don't suggest for a moment that mine are in any way worse than anyone else's. They are not. In fact I don't think the pain is even equal with people who get extremely bad morning sickness. I would not cope with vomiting.
But I have thought at times, when well-meaning people comment on how 'tiny' I am that I would happily trade the varicosities for a huge belly. In a heart beat. But that would have it's own downsides. So until I can walk in another's shoes, I'll keep my mouth shut and keep lying around the house! It's always fun to have an excuse to rest while everyone else does the work!!
I feel blessed to be pregnant. I am privileged to be able to bring children into this world - of that I am well aware and feel very lucky. Despite the hideousness of my leg at the current time I wouldn't trade being pregnant for anything else in the world. I'll take the bad with the good.