Twenty-seven weeks into your pregnancy and your leg starts to hurt – must be the baby’s position. Right? For about a week, this was my thought process. I was having a hard time walking around and struggling to get comfortable at night. All I could think was my baby was resting on my sciatic nerve and this was a normal part of being pregnant!
Days went by and my leg continued to get worse. It began to turn purple and I struggled to breathe normally at night when I slept. I moved from the bed to the couch propped up with pillows. This was the only position I could get comfortable in and the only way I could breathe with ease. This went on for several days before I finally caved and called my OB/GYN. She had me come in and examined my leg. The purple was not as prominent as it had been during my appointment. She and I both concluded that this had to be the position of the baby.
A few more days went by and my leg began to swell and turn purple. I again called my OB/GYN. Being the conservative physician that she is, she decided she wanted to go looking for the cause of this discomfort, swelling and discoloration.
She ordered an ultrasound of my leg. I did not think anything of the test and was convinced that they would tell me that there was nothing wrong. No big deal!
Stay tuned for part II of Whitney’s story to learn more about her diagnosis…