Post # 1
I am amazed by all the crazy pregnant issues that hit me yesterday…all in one day! Lately I’ve been dealing with my hands becoming numb while I’m sleeping at night. The hands fall asleep & I wake up…it has been a week of very restless sleep but no rest. Yesterday I started noticing the numbness & tingling anytime my arms/hands were elevated. So I walked down to the EMS at my work (i work in county government) & they took my Bridal Party & all was fine. I also noticed I’m retaining alot of water..no more visual collarbones, ankle bones or wrist bones. I’m only 17 wks & already dealing with swollen feet Then later in the day after tons of trips to bathroom b/c I have to drink even MORE water my stomach gets all crazy. Since being pregnant my digestive system hates me. Then to top it off….the heartburn sets in! UGHHHH…. add to it that my hubbie is out of the state all week & I get sole responsibility of our 4 very loving but crazy boxers.
I’m so happy to be pregnant with our first baby but yesterday I just wanted to curl up, feel bad for myself & cry! Also doesn’t help my hubbie is in posh hotel in Dallas eating catered breakfast, lunch & dinner, got to visit Cowboy stadium & hang out having a few beers with some of his co-workers on nightly basis…. Yeah, I’m having a pity party!
ha! Thanks for letting me get that out. I’ve been using the “I’m feeling good” answer to the multiple times people ask me how I’m feeling b/c I feel like they don’t really want to know. Plus I’ve been feeling like a whiner lately.
Love all you pregger ladies!!!
Post # 3
Nothing wrong with venting! I have that numbness in my hands sometimes at night, but not often. I read it’s carpal tunnel brought on by pregnancy.
I hope things get better!
Post # 4
Aweee oh no Im sorry!!! Next time you are at your doctor, ask him about pregnancy induced Carpal Tunnel. It sounds like that could be a reason for teh tingling in your hands and wrists. It usually happens with swelling, which is something else Id ask about. I swelled up pretty badly last week at 21 weeks, but it was because I ate junk all day and was standing in heels all day. A night of elevated feet and water purged it out, but if you are continutally retaining, ask about it. Peegnancy no doubt wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Feel ya there sister! It will get better. Meanwhile, go get a pedicure. The leg massage part will feel SOOOO GOOD with the swelling. We all have miserable weeks. Doesnt mean you appreciate the pregnancy any less, but its certainly not easy. Hugs!
Post # 5
Just wanted to say good luck. Pregnancy is hard. Try to do something to spoil yourself like KellV recommended.
Post # 6
I’m sorry – there are definitely days that are going to be much more difficult than others. I know this won’t make you feel any better, but I had a friend who had the numbness in her hands as well. She started it around the same time that you are starting to feel yours, and unfortunately, it didn’t go away until almost 6 weeks after she gave birth. She had so much swelling and her hands being numb were driving her crazy.
I just wanted to let you know that you aren’t the only one with the symptoms that you described above! I hope things get better for you and you’re able to enjoy some of the pregnancy!
Post # 7
Oh I remember the numbness and the swelling. Unfortunately, like 2PeasinaPod’s friend, mine didn’t go away until a few weeks after the birth. 🙁 It was terrible! Something I found that helps is to use ice packs on the insides of your wrists for about 15 minutes before bed. It helps reduce the swelling a little, and it kept the numbness away long enough that I could get a couple hours of uninterrupted sleep. Other than that, I’ve heard that carpal tunnel wrist braces help some women while they’re sleeping; you can buy them at the drugstore and see if that helps.
Sorry you had such a rough day; hopefully tomorrow will be much better!
Post # 8
I’m sorry you had a rough day. Do something to pamper yourself a little, especially since your husbands in that posh hotel. Tums are my friend right now, a preemptive tums before a meal and then one right after.
Post # 9
I’m so sorry to hear that and wanted you to know I have felt your pain-literally. You are describing my first pregnancy EXACTLY, down to excessive swelling and carpal tunnel (Especially At night). I’m not trying to scare you but it turned out that I had pre-eclampsia but my Bridal Party didn’t spike until my 33rd week and I was put on bed rest and everything turned out fine. I’m sure your doctors are monitoring you carefully, so I’m only telling you this so you can be extra-vigilant and maybe ask your doctor about this possibility-just in case. Just as a precaution because obgyn had NO idea until the end and i was swollen up like a balloon in every single part of my body, had a high Bridal Party and protein in my urine. It was literally like one day I was fine (if uncomfortable) and the next I was flat on my back. Again, i’m not trying to freak you out or make you worry excessively (you don’t need that for sure:)it’s only because I was concerned when I read your post that it might be more than normal pregnancy discomforts. Take care of yourself:)
Post # 10
Isn’t it funny how people ask how you’re feeling- but you know they only WANT to really hear one answer “I’m feeling good!” I hope your hubby gets home soon and you get some relief 🙁
Post # 11
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Oh geez, that totally sucks! I’ve had the random body parts falling asleep thing. Who knew that only a shoulder or hip, or heck, ELBOW could fall asleep? Craziness. I just hit 17 weeks today, and I’m having a lot of what you’re having. The heartburn is ridiculous.
“Just keep swimming!” Have you felt the baby move yet? I’m still waiting, but I think all this will seem worthwhile once I feel the kicks and flutters.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies for all the kind words. Yesterday was MUCH better! And I actually got some sleep last night…I think I was so exhausted from previous nights my body ignored the numb body parts! It is also reassuring that others have felt the numbing thing. It can really freak you out!
I also finally got to have a good long phone conversation with my hubbie last night & he told me he feels terribley guilty that he is not there to help me. He is a good man. I told him I had a realization that I’m not having good/bad pregnancy…i’m having a normal pregnancy! You don’t know about all the changes that happen b/c no one tells you about them. Like firsttimemom said….when people ask you how you are doing you just say fine, b/c they don’t really want to hear that you can’t get comfy, your feet are swelling & your new heartburn is out of controll….so they say “i’m doing good”. So now my new answer when people ask me “how ya feeling?” will be “pregnant…I’m feeling pregnant”.
I will be 18 weeks tomorrow! Yippee! I think I might have felt the baby move a week ago…but it could have been my imagination. We FINALLY go back to the doctor on Monday for anatomy scan! It’s been a long 6 weeks & I pray so hard our little baby is healthy as can be!
Post # 13
@shelbifox15: The one thing I’ve noticed that makes a HUGE difference is if I get enough sleep. If I’m tired I have a harder time coping.
I know a lot of ppl commented on numbness, I experienced some around 24 weeks (in my hip and leg so it made it hard to sleep). My doctor recommending stretching and yoga – I really didn’t think it would make a difference but it went away after a few days and I haven’t experienced it since. I know it could come back (since it’s the baby on a nerve) but I’ve been stretching regularly ever since.