It’s week six in our household (that is post baby) and I had a new symptom flare up in the last week, swelling. If you remember, I was quite swollen in the ankles/legs area during pregnancy and then post pregnancy for a couple of weeks. When that went away, I thought..wow I’m in the clear and pain free. WRONG.
My morning starts around 3am (or sometimes 1am) as I attempt to warm a bottle of milk before Pumpkin starts crying. In the last week, that has become incredibly difficult due to my swelling. The swelling in my hands make it difficult to grab the cup to warm. The swelling in my knees make it difficult to walk (I shuffle to the kitchen in tiny steps). By the time I reach the kitchen I’m in tears. But I have to get this done so that pumpkin can eat.
After the return trip, I have to pick up Pumpkin to place her on my lap to feed her. Making sure I work through the pain to get a good grip on her. The pain in my elbows makes it incredibly difficult to bring her to my shoulder to burp.
The following areas are swollen/causing me pain:
- On top of my hand (two lumps)
- Elbows – I can barely brush my hair
- Behind my knees
Thank god that the changing table came in Saturday. Beforehand, I was changing her on the floor on a changing mat. Getting down to the floor and getting back up is impossible without using the help of other furniture. The other day, whatever tendons behind my knee that is swollen locked up and I basically fell to the floor in pain. Again, thankfully I did not have Pumpkin with me.
I hear that some women do get carpel tunnel after pregnancy. Did you? What did you do to help the pain go away? Did you have swelling in any other area?
At this point, I am working through the pain or taking a pain med. The swelling never goes down. I have an OB appointment next week and I hope she has answers. Because right now I feel so very broken.