Post # 1
I’m looking for some ideas here. I have talked to my doc about this, and have been told it’s all normal even though it definitely sucks (doctors exact words lol).
I’m 34w2d and am definitely extremely uncomfortable. I only sleep twenty mins at a time, either getting up to go to the bathroom or just waking up for no reason. My nose is constantly stuffed, and my allergies don’t help so sleeping is even more difficult. I do take benedryl at night to help, but it doesn’t do much.
It feels like every joint in my body is inflammed. Seriously everything hurts, even the bottoms of my feet. Tylenol doesn’t help and thats about all I can take.
Did any of you have similar problems? How did you handle them? I have tried relaxing herbal teas and they don’t really do much. Any ideas?
Post # 2
I’m pretty sure I just whined a lot and took Tylenol :/
Post # 3
GooteyBootey: I have been seeing a chiropractor for most of my pregnancy (will be 35 weeks tomorrow!), and I swear she’s the reason why I haven’t had any troubles during this pregnancy. She has a saying at her clinic: “Even though it’s common, it’s not normal”. You shouldn’t have to live in pain, even though women all experience aches and pains in pregancy. I really recommend you go to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnant women.
Also, massages are wonderful and really help out with swelling and pain. And they may help you sleep better too.
Something else you might want to try (although I haven’t yet) is acupuncture. I’ve heard crazy amazing things about its successess, and I’m looking to do it closer to my due date, to help prepare me for labour. Acupuncture can help with insomnia, back pain, maternal stress… so many things in pregnancy. Probably even sinus trouble!
Good luck, and hang in there!
Post # 4
GooteyBootey: I definitely agree with MsGolightly! Chiropractor and massage if you can. I would also make myself a little ice bath for my feet when they got swollen (I was due in July!) and swim laps-it was so nice to be weightless in the pool, and exercise always helped me feel better and sleep better (I also took Unisom a lot)….good luck!
Post # 5
I complained a lot. Lol.
I agree with the pp that said massage. It got my discomfort down to a manageable level every time.
Post # 6
I took zyrtec and put my feet up a lot. We also have a really nice memory foam mattress. I only made it to 36+6 with my twins.
Post # 7
Great question! Following this sucker for ideas.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
my sup at work told me she did acupuncture with her second pregnancy. i’ve never tried it before (and jsut dealt with the discomfort with DD) but i’m thinking i would give it a whirl this time around if i get super uncomfortable in my last few weeks.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Prenatal massage. Baths or swimming in a pool. Sometimes I found I slept better on the couch.
Post # 10
Pillows galore for sleeping. Benadryl (which I see you are already taking) for the stuffiness. Resting as much as I can during the day. Really trying not to over do it (for a long time I tried to continue to do everything “normally”). Warm epsom salt baths. Foot massages.
And quiet honestly, some times I just grin and bear it. My pubic joint started separating really early and I have SPD. It hurts like a MOFO!
Post # 11
OH – one more thing: if, like CocoLoco523, you’re having trouble with your pubic bone, you can get one of those pelvic support belts that tighten and hold your hips together. The relief is almost immediate. Mine kind of looks like this, but is slightly different:
Post # 12
housebee: That’s great to get to almost 37 weeks with twins! Great accomplishment!
Post # 13
Drink a ton of water, take half hour breaks if you can to put your feet up (“toes above your nose!” or thereabouts) to help with swelling, and make yourself exercise a bit. Even just walking each day is really helpful in keeping up energy and keeping aches and pains down overall.
For swelling, my midwife suggested epsom salt foot baths; however, since we don’t have a tub, I can’t vouch for whether or not it works. I’ve also had to dust the bedroom a lot more as my sinuses have been acting up since about 20 or so weeks too. That helps a little.
Post # 14
- Wedding: Crichton Church, Dumfries, Scotland
A maternity pillow, lots of cups of tea and growling at anyone who got too close! X