Last night my ankles got swollen. They've done it once before, after the last plane ride on which I didn't use flight socks. But the swelling went away overnight. This time the swelling didn't go away overnight and in fact my whole calf area feels quite uncomfortable. I feel bad for ever mocking women who complained about this. It's not the cosmetic thing that's bothersome, it's that it actually sort of hurts - it feels like someone is constantly gripping your ankles, quite hard, and the mobility feels very reduced. I've tried sitting with my feet up for an hour, I've tried a bunch of ankle/leg exercises that my yoga lady recommended, but they are still swollen. To be be honest, if my hands were swollen too I'd be getting a bit worried, but my wedding ring is still coming off and on easily so I know my hands are ok (had to take my engagement ring off a month or so ago as it was getting tight).
If it's still bad in the morning I guess I will go find a doctor so they can take my blood pressure to see if it's something serious rather than just annoying and uncomfortable. I'm in a town which is a popular skiing destination in the winter, so I know the medical facilities are good here, although I'm not sure how good they'll be with my patchy german. Let's just hope the swelling goes away.
It all means that I'm feeling increasingly relieved that this is my penultimate business trip. The doc has grounded me as of the end of July from any travel, and has already stopped me flying long haul. I've got one short haul trip next week, then I'm done. Our summer holiday will be within England (H wanted to go to the Hebrides but I nixed being so far from big medical centres) and will be very relaxed.
In terms of maternity leave, I have been planning to stop at 38 weeks, and to take it pretty easy between 36 and 38 weeks - I have one speech to give at a conference in central London during those weeks, plus I'll do some phone calls etc. Turns out now we'll be on holiday around 35-36 weeks, so that helps. Between now and then, I'll wait and see what the doctor says when I see him next week. So far he hasn't indicated that he thinks there's any medical reason for me to slow down what I do, and I've been feeling so well I haven't felt I needed to. But I am getting to the point where I fall asleep if I just sit down somewhere comfortable for more than 5 minutes, so it may be time to think about rearranging my schedule. We'll see. All those stories about babies coming early got me freaked out as we have NOTHING for the baby, but I guess those things can be acquired at short notice if necessary. Let's hope she gives me the full 40 weeks to get ready for her arrival.