(Closed) My joints are going crazy! Anyone else experience this?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I know that later in pregnancy your body produces more of the hormone relaxin which softens your joint cartilage and ligaments in preparation for labor. That would probably explain the issue with your thumbs. It’s also why late pregnancy and new moms have to be really careful about heavy lifting and strenuous activity – very, very, easy to dislocate or otherwise injure your joints.

Post # 4
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m at 32 weeks and, while my joints are usually pretty “poppy” anyway, they’re definitely getting more so. I sound like a bowl of rice krispies when I wake up in the morning and roll out of bed! I’ve also got the joy of having the ligaments in my pelvis all stretched out earlier than normal thanks to my foot slipping out of a sandal a few months ago – it feels like somebody kicked me with a steel toed boot down there if I’ve been sitting/sleeping for a few hours.

If you have to get up to pee during the night, try to take just 10-15 seconds to stretch when you get back in bed, I’ve found this really helps keep my joints limber during the night.

I don’t know what might be causing your hand to fall asleep except that maybe you had it in a little strange position when you were asleep? I think my arms fall asleep a little easier now, there’s more weight on them while side-sleeping, so I just try to roll slightly to the back in stead of forward to take some pressure off.

Some swelling is normal, especially if it’s warm where you are or you’re on your feet a lot. My midwife said that if it is only on one side or if it comes on all of a sudden to call them, but otherwise it’s just another pregnancy delight.

Luckily, along with getting a beautifl baby at the end of all this, these things are supposed to all go away!!

Post # 5
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I definitely have had problems with my hands/fingers falling asleep at night and randomly during the day, and my back and hips have been cracking/popping a lot more lately.  DH is almost afraid to hug me too hard as it usually makes my back crack a few times! I have noticed I occassionally have carpal tunnel symptoms too when I’m on my compter a lot too (which has been going on for a while now).  I haven’t really had any noticeable swelling yet, so it seems to just be a thing that goes along with being pregnant.  But we are almost there!  Just a few more weeks til baby time!

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