Secondly, my limbs go numb quite easily during pregnancy.
Does anyone know anatomically/physiologically speaking why this happens? Even pillow propping doesn't seem to help much.
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
ETA: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=609658 this thread has good info.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
I am usually a pretty active person and when I'm sedentary for a few days (or more) I start to experience joint pain--only at night though. Standing up makes it feel better. My solution is to do something at least midly active every day and to not sit or lie down for long stretches without getting up.
Laura~ wife to my stuntman, Stig, mama to Gavin Rutgar (4) and now Wyatt Andreas (1) and 2 little .
My muscles get really sore too. My hips, my knees, my shoulder, and my muscles. I wake up everytime I move, and I actually have to get up and walk around for a little while to loosen up again before going back to bed. That helps with the pain somewhat, but it does not help with falling right back to sleep.
I use the maternity pillow and several regular pillows for support, but I am just kind of resigned to the fact that I'm in for a lot of aching from here on out
My DH suggested we purchase a memory foam mattress topper. I put it off for weeks, but finally I became so inconsolable at night that I decided to give it a try. I bought one from Linen N' things for around $180. It has been money very well spent! I wish I had bought it sooner. It has relieved alot of my hip and shoulder pressure point pain. Also, I find crossing my top knee over to rest on a squishy pillow (letting my belly sink into the mattress pad) with my lower leg straightened out takes alot of stress of my hips and back. And it's the closest thing to sleeping on my stomach I'm going to get at 27 weeks! HTH.
While you say that pillow-propping doesn't help, you might want to try doing it differently. One pillow between my knees didn't seem to help much. Two sometimes did. My massage therapist also pointed out that it's bad to have the ankle hanging loose and unsupported, so I started using two pillows down the length of my legs. This also seemed to help sometimes.
I had thought the soreness was due to pressure, until I noticed that it was often my top hip that ached the most. After a while, I noticed this hip was getting unusually cold when I was sleeping. Layering extra blanket (or a thick pillow) right over my hip bone seemed to help with this.
Of course, by the time I got all the pillows arranged just so, I couldn't move at all and was usually within a few minutes of needing another trip to the bathroom!
Not sure that I'm crunchy, but definitely a "tough chew".
i would also be wary of warrior poses in yoga--i'm convinced that warrior 2 did a lot to loosen that area up last time, which made me much more uncomfortable.
Lately, I've been working so hard though (we're just moving into a new apartment) that once I'm out, I'm out for the night. I'm so exhausted. But I am SORE when I wake up in the morning. I've been relying on a few baths a day to ease the soreness...