My swelling has gotten a lot worse this week, to the point where I had little balloon feet with no ankles whatsoever and lots of little spider veins, all of which looked revolting. The swelling wouldn't go down at all yesterday, so last night I put a few big pillows and propped myself up on them, but on my side. I call it "The Taco". My head is on my pillow and my feet are on the other pillows and the rest of me is sort of hanging in the middle. It sounds uncomfortable, but it's not, and after spending last night with my feet elevated, I had normal ankles for the first time in weeks. Huzzah! Now I get to watch them slowly disappear throughout the day today. Anyway, "The Taco" might be an option for ladies who can't be on their backs comfortably (which is probably most of us at this stage).
sarah, I would ask your doctor. Carpal tunnel is very common in pregnancy, so that might explain the stiffness, but I was told to contact my doctor if I had swelling in the hands or face particularly, since it can be a sign of pre-e. I'm sure you're already being monitored bp-wise, but random swelling of the hands would make me a little nervous.