Ok, so I went to the doctor today and I told her about that pain i've been having. She said it's "round ligament pain". She suggested I buy a belly support from babies 'r us to help ease the pressure on my pelvic floor muscles. Have any of you heard of this before?
Yeah, I told her. She was concerned at first, so she gave me an internal exam. I said that I had talked to a few people and they seemed to think that it was varicose veins. She didn't think so b/c I don't have varicose veins anywhere else, and normally varicose veins appear on the legs first, and it is quite rare for them to appear on the vagina first. She said that I have only one symptom of varicose veins (the pain), but she examined me and said that she is certain it is round ligament pain. She said that sometimes the symptoms are quite similar but the look of the labia will be quite different with both. She said that my labia is swollen, and is a for sure sign of round ligament pain. She told me that this is very common for first time mom's and the pain should subside after birth, and lying on my left side as often as I can will help with the swelling.
I have that pain with every pregnancy. It is extremely common. Lying on your side will definalty help the pain subside. The more you stand on your feet, the worse the pain will get too, so try limiting your activity throughout the day. If you work at a desk job try finding a way to elevate your feet the best you can. That worked wonders for me.
The pain I have in that general area is like, ive been riding a horse for hours and my pelvic muscles are sore. It hurts when I get up from laying down to a sitting position. Or if ive been sitting for a while.