Sure, everyone warns you about how your feet will swell when you’re pregnant, but your leg doubling in size? It’s fair to say that’s definitely not mentioned in What to Expect When you’re Expecting. But for 31-year-old Australian Sarah Buller, that’s exactly what happened.
“It was like one day I went to bed with two normal legs and the next morning I woke up and had one huge leg in comparison,” the mother-of-two says.
“I was so shocked but doctors did tests and nothing showed up so I guess we all just hoped the swelling would go down after I gave birth. But the bigger my bump got the bigger my leg got too and it just never went back.”
Triggered by her first pregnancy, the former model was eventually diagnosed with lymphedema – a condition that affects the lymphatic system and the body’s ability to circulate lymph fluid, which then causes swelling in the body’s tissues.
Sharing her hard-to-believe tale on her personal blog, Lymphosaurus Rex, Buller, who lives with her husband Bruce, 3-year-old daughter Charlie and 1-year-old son Jagger in the south of France, Buller says strangers will often stop her on the street to ask what’s wrong with her.
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