In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hilary Duff opened up to guest host Brooke Baldwin about how she’s been suffering from a side effect of pregnancy that isn’t talked about as much as it should be.
While Hilary is mom to 8-year-old Luca from a previous marriage and she and her husband, Mathew Koma, share a 2-year-old daughter, Banks — Hilary was shocked by her latest side effect while carrying baby no. 3.
“I didn’t have it with the other kids,” she shared.
“So, I texted my midwife the other day and was like, ‘What’s up with the stabbing pains in my vagina?!’ … It feels awful like you’re being struck by lightning,” Hilary with Brooke.
Thankfully, the complication is not serious.
The “stabbing pain” is something medical professionals call “lightning crotch.”
“She just wrote back, and she was like, ‘Oh, lightning crotch’ — like it was no big thing,” Hilary said.
“I was like, ‘This is quite traumatic.’ Like, it’ll just strike, and all of a sudden, you’re doubled over. And then it’s gone.”
Hilary revealed how, from a medical perspective , it is “no big thing,” but it is, very, quite painful.
“The term is called lightning, which is the baby getting ready for birth, lowering, so that you can actually breathe and … fill your lungs up with air, which I haven’t been able to do in months,” she explained. “But you get stabbing pains.”
Have you or someone you know ever dealt with this while pregnant? We want to know!
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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