Are joint pains normal during pregnancy?
Back pain is normal because of the load you’re carrying.
The baby is only a couple of pounds.
Yes, but there are several extra gallons of blood and amniotic fluid, which adds to the load.
It isn’t just my back that hurts. My knees, my ankles, almost everything hurts.
Your ankles probably hurt because the fluid wants to naturally collect at the lowest point. Women’s feet often swell another size during pregnancy.
Along with the next size up pants and shirts and everything else.
Wait until you have to move on to maternity dresses because you can’t wear anything else. If your ankles are swelling, you’ll need to walk more and elevate the feet for a few hours at the end of the day.
I have no problems elevating my feet at the end of the day. The question is if my husband can tolerate it.
He doesn’t have a choice.
While I’d love to sit on the couch and sit and text, even my hands hurt sometimes.
The same fluids building up in your ankles is flowing through your hands. This means that pregnant women are at greater risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
So what do I do for my hands? I can’t sit by the couch with my hands in the air, because no show or sports team is that good.
Lower your salt intake, drink more water, cut back on the soda and get a lot of exercise.
So get moving and get plenty of rest. Sounds rather contradictory.
If you sit and stew, you’ll end up with more joint pain.
I heard a joke that pregnancy pains are just preparation to make a woman willing to go through labor.
I’ll have to take your word for it.