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Old 01-29-2011, 08:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Please tell me I'm not the only one that gets this.  It happened in my last pregnancy too, but I wrote it off as a normal pregnancy symptom, but this time I googled it out of curiousity (should never have done that!) and it is not considered a common pregnancy symptom.  What happens is that I sometimes (maybe twice this pregnancy) have woken up feeling a little chilled and then I start shivering violently for 5-10 minutes.  For those 5-10 minutes I feel like I will never get warm and like my body is crashing.  I eventually warm up and fall back to sleep.  It's weird and scary.  My bedroom is set at 72, I sleep with my husband and DS, with a down comforter and a fuzzy blanket and flannel sheets, so I am definitely not too cold at night.  My blood pressure is generally low, and even lower in the second tri.  Also, my blood sugar may get low in the night...I still have morning sickness, so often I can't eat at night and go to bed on an empty stomach. 

 

Anyone ever have this during pregnancy?  What is the story with it?


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I haven't gotten anything to the degree that you describe. But I have been cold this pregnancy more often than I get hot. I've struggled with eating and have mostly lost weight so far. And I get shaky and light headed and have to find anything to shove in my mouth. So for me at least I've concluded that it's all blood sugar related. When I couldn't get much food down, I was usually able to get down a glass of juice. Do you think you'd be able to get down a glass of juice before bed? I don't know if it would help or not, but if you could get it down better than food it might be worth a try?


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Hmm, I only had the uncontrollable shivering when I was having night sweats BEFORE I was preg. this time.  That (and my age) is part of the reason we thought when I missed my period I was starting the entry to menopause. Can't hurt to check with your Dr./midwife.


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I get cold very easily and get the shivers, but not to the extent you describe. Have you had your iron checked?  When mine is low, I get cold much easier.


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DDCC.  I have had this happen a few times, too.  I also get really hungry at night, so I wonder if it's related.  Do you feel hungry when these shivering episodes occur?


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It sounds like it might be blood sugar related. I get the shakes when my blood sugar gets too low and I haven't eaten in a while. It doesn't sound like a temperature issue. Low iron could be the culprit as well. Try eating something the next time, something that has a high sugar content or is a simple carb. Orange juice can help too.


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Javilu, I can't say I'm really hungry, because I am still really sick, and part of that for me is a complete lack of appetite.  But, it does seem to happen when I can't eat at night or I vomit up everything I did manage to eat.  So, it is empty stomach related...but, I go to bed 90% of the time with little no food in my stomach because 5-6 is usually the latest I can eat and I don't go to sleep until 11-12.  But, this most recent time, I had eaten potatoes for dinner and none of it stayed in my stomach, so really nothing in my stomach from lunch to 3 am or so when this shivering episode occurred.  I plan to ask my doctor about it at my 20 week appt. next week, I'll let you know what she says.


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Javilu, I can't say I'm really hungry, because I am still really sick, and part of that for me is a complete lack of appetite.  But, it does seem to happen when I can't eat at night or I vomit up everything I did manage to eat.  So, it is empty stomach related...but, I go to bed 90% of the time with little no food in my stomach because 5-6 is usually the latest I can eat and I don't go to sleep until 11-12.  But, this most recent time, I had eaten potatoes for dinner and none of it stayed in my stomach, so really nothing in my stomach from lunch to 3 am or so when this shivering episode occurred.  I plan to ask my doctor about it at my 20 week appt. next week, I'll let you know what she says.


You don't have to be hungry for your body to react to having low blood sugar. Most of us do start feeling hungry when our blood sugar starts dropping below a certain point because that is our natural protection against starvation. However, pregnancy changes the way our bodies work, as I'm sure you know. :)  Since you've been sick and not hungry as a result of your pregnancy, your low blood sugar warning signs can be totally out of whack and you might not get that hungry feeling. I know that I don't get it, I just feel more sick than usual. Or I almost pass out like I did at clinical last week! Not good.

 

I noticed that eating really small amounts of protein-containing foods seems to help me (a) not be as nauseated all the time and (b) helps ward off all the weird low blood sugar things that come along with pregnancy.


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For as long as I can remember, even when not pregnant, this has happened to me on occasion. It's interesting to read the responses. I've never really thought about why, just figured it was a weird part of being me. Sometimes all that helps is to get into a very warm shower and stay put until I feel better. 


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This happens to me a lot now too. Especially with this pregnancy. I am not having any blood sugar issues, I don't think :) I usually just bundle up and wait it out. But I shiver so hard my muscles ache! Bring on the warm weather!


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