Post # 1
I’m about 34 weeks and suddenly have been having weird things happen with the joints in my hands. I’ve been waking up early in the morning with my hands a little swollen/stiff and my thumbs popping in and out of their sockets! It’s pretty painful! It happens more with my left hand than with my right and for the most part, it goes away after I’ve been awake for a couple hours. So strange! My left hand has also been falling asleep… I sometimes get the pins and needles feeling after waking up. What’s going on?!
I was concerned about the swelling in my hands (and in feet/ankles, where it’s more severe), as I know that can be a sign of pre-e; however, we have a bp monitor at work and everytime I check my blood pressure it’s perfectly fine (e.g., 115/70).
Post # 3
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
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
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!
Post # 6
yeah, I am blaming hormones, and in particular, relaxin!
sorry about your slip and stretched out/sore pelvis! That does not sound fun! I’ll try to stretch more in the night – I am definitely getting up often to pee! Yeah, my doctor is not worried about the swelling at all… she said it just is what it is!
I know, we’re finally getting close!!! I can’t wait!
I’m sure it sounds like I’m complaining, and I guess I am, but I’m more just surprised by all these odd things happening. They are a little uncomfortable/irritating, but compared to how MISERABLE I was during the first 4 months of pregnancy (with nausea, vomiting, and migraines), this is nothing!!! I am so much happier now than I was in the beginning.