I noticed that when I became acutely aware of my body mechanics and was gentler on myself it got better, too. I made sure to use lots of pillows for support in bed and used a sling to carry Leo instead of using my hands and arms or my wrists would just ache soooo badly (like bone pain). I made sure my nutrition was really good and took essential fatty acids (lots of flax meal and oil, salmon, etc...). I think having a baby that was getting very huge very quickly was also a culprit - sometimes it was hard to adjust to his gaining size - getting up and down, carrying him, etc was hard some days. (and I am no weakling - very in shape!). Plus, i lost a lot of weight (55 pounds) very quickly - is your sis losing weight, too?
ok, I am rambling, just let her know she is not alone, to take it reaaaal easy - good nutrition, gentle exercise, etc...
hugs to you and your sister. you are really wonderful to be looking into this for her.
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
I had this joint pain for almost two years and finally found out with a lot of research it was from NOT ENOUGH SLEEP!!!
I got an average of 3 hrs. a night for 18 months. I finally saw a post on a blog from an OBGYN and its hormonal...mostly caused from not enough sleep. As soon as I started getting sleep I got better! When youre not sleeping and you are awake...stay moving this will help with the stiffness. I hope I helped someone with this matter because it was a very hard thing to go through!
I had twins also and the people I talked to the mothers with twins were worse...Im not sure if they were getting less sleep or if the overproduction of the hormone relaxin was doubled.