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Adaptations to pregnancy - Zer Netmouse
July 22nd, 2010
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Adaptations to pregnancy
I am sleeping much better now than I was a month ago. I think this is because my body and sensory systems have made a number of adjustments, such as:

Baby moving in belly = normal. keep sleeping
Pain in hip and legs = normal. keep sleeping
Pain associated with getting upright, then up, to go to the bathroom = normal. Get a move on! It will get better once you pee. No need to really wake up fully though.

I signed up to be part of a sleep study with the U of M so next week they'll bring a bunch of recording devices for me to wear for a night to see if I have sleep apnea. I don't think so, but I've definitely been snoring more that normal, which I think is one of the symptoms they're interested in. In the meantime, I'm sleeping with my feet raised to reduce swelling in my feet and I think that's helping my legs too. My right middle finger's still got symptoms of carpal tunnel even with wearing a brace at night though, which is frustrating. Oh, and my thumbs hurt when I wake. Very weird.

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From:tlatoani
Date:July 22nd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
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That thumb thing is so strange...
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From:alitalf
Date:July 22nd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Maybe an unconscious reaction to the baby moving? Getting tense in a minor way?
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From:netmouse
Date:July 22nd, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
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yeah, I think it's perhaps because of the relaxin. I'm hyperflexible in the first place. Some mornings I feel the main thumb joint is loose or has popped out of place. Maybe it's being strained. Right now, on the other hand, it feels swollen and tight. Normally I would be able to bend my wrist over and touch my thumb to my arm. Right now they're an inch and a half apart and not getting any closer...
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From:jenintheclouds
Date:July 23rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
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The thumb thing could be related to carpal tunnel too. The hurt comes after the tingling.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 23rd, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
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This feeling is actually qualitatively different from how the fingers involved in the carpal tunnel feel. It's specific to the joints of the thumbs, and it mostly goes away shortly after waking. (right now the middle fingers in my right hand are in a constant state of numbish tingly pain that's worse if I bend them and grip things.)

I get sharp pains in my thumb joints if I try to grip things too shortly after waking in the morning, and they feel strained. Totally different sort of feeling.
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From:jenintheclouds
Date:July 23rd, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
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Can you take ibuprofen? A schedule of that may help the swelling in your wrists to help take pressure off of that nerve.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 23rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
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no, only Tylenol.
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