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Swollen painful legs at 34 weeks

I am 34 weeks pregnant with twins. My feet and legs started swelling a couple weeks ago, a little worse on the left side. My calves and thighs are extremely tender to touch. It hurts my thighs to walk. I cannot stand any pressure on the insides of my legs, even a poke. My doctor has said it’s just a twin thing, but the pain seems to be a lot. Does this seem to just be a normal symptom for a twin pregnancy?
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15695260 tn?1549596713
Hello and welcome to MedHelp's forums.  Thanks for your question and how exciting to be having twins!  I'm sorry to hear you are so uncomfortable.  Swelling of limbs is very common during pregnancy especially after the 20th week.  However, if you have any other symptoms associated with it such as headache or vision changes, you do need to call your doctor. I assume they are monitoring your blood pressure and protein in urine?  

You are nearing the end of your pregnancy and while we hope that you go full term, twin pregnancies are considered full term at 37 weeks with the average time being 36.5 weeks for most.  You are almost there!  The idea if all issues such as pre eclampsia, high blood pressure or blood clots are ruled out is to make you as comfortable as possible.  Drinks lots of water which helps swelling (flushes it out) and prop your legs up.  When they are elevated, it will help with the swelling.  Limit salt. If you can get a massage, this can help as can going for a swim.  These are known ways to decrease edema during pregnancy.  And don't sit with your legs crossed.

Here is some information regarding discomforts of pregnancy and you'll see in the third trimester, this type of swelling is the first thing listed.  https://www.webmd.com/baby/understanding-pregnancy-discomforts-symptoms and here is a good read as well https://www.medhelp.org/pregnancy-health/articles/Swelling-During-Pregnancy-Your-Symptoms-Manual/2001.  ;

Let us know how you are doing and at this point, you are probably seeing your doctor weekly until delivery.  Continue to monitor this and let them know of any and all changes.  We wish you the best.
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Thank you. Yes, I am seeing my doctor weekly, and my blood pressure is always normal.
973741 tn?1342346373
Hi!  Yep, you are really right there for being about to have your twins!  Exciting!!  I got quite puffy with both my single pregnancies.  One I did have high blood pressure.  The other I didn't.  Try to rest during the day, prop your feet up in front of you high.  I kept my fluid intake as high as I could (hard for me since I also had really bad heart burn and that triggered it).  

You will be back to your old self in no time. I had to wear slid on sandals the whole end of my pregnancies because I couldn't get my feet in regular shoes!  

Hang in there!  Are you having boys, girls or one of each?
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Thank you! Yes, some shoes will fit in the morning but be too tight at the end of the day. We are having one of each, a boy and a girl.
973741 tn?1342346373
So exciting!  So, you say party of 5 as your user name and that means you have one older?  
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