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And so it begins again

post #1 of 8
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My last pregnancy I spent most of it with fluid in my ears rendering me unable to hear real well.  And so it has started again.  Apparently it's normal for the sinuses to go crazy like this but it really sucks.  You know how when you have to pop your ears and all you can hear is yourself and the outside world is a distant mutter.  Yeah I was like that for months last time.  I guess I will be this time too.

 

I remember we went to visit DH's family and his cousin's wife was also pregnant at the time so we went to visit them.  His cousin was talking and I couldn't hear him so I just tuned out the conversation and here he was talking about something I would have liked to be in the conversation about as apparently we have differing views on it.  I would have liked to educate him on it a bit.  DH said something to me later about how he couldn't believe I didn't say anything about it.  That's how I know now what he was talking about.  UGH!  It's so annoying!   

 

Anyone else have stuff like this happen to them?

post #2 of 8

That does not sound fun.  Does it end up being an infection or just fluid that you can't do anything about?  I woke up this morning so sick from clogged sinuses.  My ear hurts too.  Whenever I get a cold it tends to hit my sinuses.  I didn't have much warning this time.  Started using the Neti Pot today so hopefully that will help.  I don't want to end up on an antibiotic, especially before I hit the 2nd trimester.  Is that at 12 weeks or 13?

post #3 of 8
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Nope no infection.  I'm not even sick.  The rest of my sinuses seem fine.  I asked my midwife about it last time and she said it's normal.  It kind of comes and goes throughout the day but of course they are often clogged at the most inopportune times.  One of my coworkers was trying to tell me quietly that he was laid off today and Friday is his last day and I couldn't hear him.  I said can you repeat that louder I can't hear you.  He must think I have a hearing problem.  LOL!

post #4 of 8

   I just wanted to say that I know how much such a seemingly little thing like a clogged ear can have such a huge impact on your life. No one can tell there's anything wrong with you, and yet EVERYTHING feels wrong. It's not just the not hearing, but it's the pressure, and the feeling unbalanced, and even kind of a primal uneasiness that you can't sense danger around you.

   Mine was only messed up for a month and it was terrible, I can't imagine dealing with it for the better part of a YEAR! Yuck. 

 

post #5 of 8

i get really congested during pregnancy and have been lately, my ears, my nose, and i've been getting lots of headaches this time around. i get to where i can't hear, but i have ear problems already so it doesn't help. dd knows she has to yell some times so i can hear her normally, poor kid, but i know what it's like to have a parent that's deaf in one ear. i just catch half of what people say and fill in the rest, lol. i get dizzy spells from my ears and have to just sit until things are okay. i already have these problems and pregnancy just makes it worse. then, i just don't want to call people or be on the phone because even the highest setting isn't loud enough and some times my ears just hurt. so now i'm sure i have a bunch of people who think i'm avoiding them. it's frustrating but i've learned to live with it on a lesser level outside of pregnancy. some times olive oil on a cotton ball works well. i try showers for the steam and you can try those candles that help remove build-up, but they don't work for me.

post #6 of 8

I have been congested since the beginning of this pregnancy.. I never knew that was one of the symptoms and it is not fun!  I hate going to bed feeling like I can't breathe!

post #7 of 8

This is all very interesting, because for the first time in my ENTIRE life I am not congested and not suffering from fall allergies. I didn't even notice until yesterday when my husband said, "Boy my allergies are terrible today, how are yours?" Because I'm usually the gauge because my allergies are so awful. I thought, I haven't had an itchy, watery eye or runny nose since I found out I was pregnant! Crazy. Considering the rest of me is feeling like crap, I'll take it. :)

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Originally Posted by poppyseed2012 View Post

This is all very interesting, because for the first time in my ENTIRE life I am not congested and not suffering from fall allergies. I didn't even notice until yesterday when my husband said, "Boy my allergies are terrible today, how are yours?" Because I'm usually the gauge because my allergies are so awful. I thought, I haven't had an itchy, watery eye or runny nose since I found out I was pregnant! Crazy. Considering the rest of me is feeling like crap, I'll take it. :)



That's really interesting! 

 

It's fascinating how many changes our bodies go though.

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