Was shocked yesterday evening to see my feet so swollen. Believe me.. they looked like two mis-shapen balloons. Ya.. I know.. water is retained and feet do swell in pregnancy. But this caught me by surprise. I’d got used to aching feet, knees and calf muscles. But when I looked down yesterday, my ankles were so swollen. Completely out of shape. Couldnt believe they were mine. Thankfully a full night with my feet propped up on 3 pillows helped reduce the swelling.
And ah, my hands are also swollen. My rings and bangles are now too tight for me to wear.. sigh .. no one warns you about these changes. I mean.. you do ‘hear’ about them.. but nothing quite prepares you for how drastically your body changes.
It no longer feels like my body. Nothing familiar about it any more. More like someone / something else that I have to take care. .. well of course I have to take care of Juno 🙂
Movements are difficult and clumsy. I walk like Humpty Dumpty. I wear my husbands extra large Tshirts and track pants all day long. I have to sit with my feet stretched out infront of me always (if i let them hang, they swell.. duh). I cant sit normally on a chair or even the commode. I have to sleep with atleast 3 or 4 pillows propping me up. And I wake up so many times in the night to change sides. By morning my back aches like crazy.
But then when I feel Juno move about inside me.. I forget all that. I remember the image of Juno’s smile and his tiny hands waving at us.. and I smile. And it’s all alright.