It is very early in your pregnancy to be noticing swelling, especially in one leg. My concern is that you might have what is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a blood clot in the leg and is often also accompanied by pain and possible discoloration of the leg. If left untreated, it can be very dangerous.
It is very important that you immediately see your practitioner. A DVT can usually be confirmed by an ultrasound of the leg and appropriate treatment can be started. The usual treatment is with a medication called heparin, which is an anticoagulant or “blood thinner”.
Please let me know what you find out and how you are doing.
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