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Is anyone else experiencing slightly swollen hands/fingers with sore joints? My feet aren't swelling, and I'm not noticing water retention anywhere else.<br><br>
[I had my blood pressure and urine tested on Thursday and everything was just fine, so I know it isn't a sign of anything huge. I also spent most of the week at the computer, typing. So that could be part of it.]<br><br>
anybody else?
 

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With my first dd my hands and fingers got pretty swollen. They were really sore and at night they would fall asleep and ache. I ended up finding out that I had pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It lasted pretty much throughout the whole pregnancy but as soon as she was born it went away.
 

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With my first two births- both hospital births- Days after both hands were swollen and numb. I couldnt use them. I even went to the ER the second time- baby in sling. I never did find out why it happened. It lasted a day both times.<br><br>
I always thought it was a side effect of something they gave me.
 

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With my last pregnancy I started swelling around the third trimester and with this LO I am doing the same thing. It's not horrible swelling (this time) and my feet are fine unless I spend a couple hours on them. I expect that it will get worse closer to my due date, that’s what happened last time. I couldn't wear my rings and went up 3 sizes in my shoes by the time I delivered DS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I am hoping that doesn’t happen again since I am quite attached to my rings and shoes for that matter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Now that I am thinking about it… The swelling got worse after I had DS for about a week and then went away. I guess the Umpa Lumpa look is in for me when I am pregnant/postpartum. On the bright side of things, my shoe size went back to normal.
 

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Are you eating enough protein? 80-100 grams per day? My hands swelled twice when I went a few days eating less protein. Both times I ate more protein as soon as I noticed it, and the swelling went away.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> That sounds uncomfy. I don't usually have issues with swelling when pg. I have read that if you can get into water, the deeper the better, the pressure of the water around you can help push fluid out of cells in your body that are retaining water. Gentle exercise in a pool would be ideal; taking a bath might help a little. And don't be shy about calling your healthcare practitioner to ask. I know my midwives always look to see if my ankles/hands are swelling towards the end of the third trimester.
 

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thanks for all the great replies!!<br><br>
Interesting point about protein...I do feel like I didn't get enough Thursday and Friday, though with twins I'm aiming for closer to 140 grams+. I'll step it up to today and see how that goes.<br><br>
Saw my chiro/acupuncturist this am, and she said my feet weren't swollen at all, and my hands not too bad. She blamed it on the computer work. So I need to stop typing!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I didn't really think anything was swelling but then the last 3-4 days I've taken my socks off and noticed that they left a line on my ankles! So I guess my feet are swelling somewhat!<br><br>
I do know that my hands have been much more sore recently and wonder if they've been swelling somewhat too. I have found crocheting to be kinda sore and turning the newborn diapers I made 2 days ago made my hands cramp up when I was poking the corners out. I had to do them one at a time as I went rather than do them all at once. sigh.
 

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Which joints are painful? Just the ones in your hands? Have you used any household chemicals lately? Had false nails applied? Anything like that? Sometimes a chemical exposure causes a very localized reaction. Sometimes mild enough that it's hard to identify cause and effect. If the effect is gone now, and was localized to your hands, that may be all that it was.<br><br>
If you have noticed any swelling near your eyes, and/or you feel unusually tired, you may also want to have your thyroid levels checked.<br><br>
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Okay, maybe none of what I am about to say applies to you, and you were just a normal amount of puffy for a few days, or it was just protein, or it was something totally different. Statistically speaking, the info I'm about to share does not apply to the average preg mom. But as an infertility survivor, it very well may apply to you, and I would feel bad if I didn't offer it up, for you to investigate whether it applies to you.<br><br>
If you have sore joints that get better with activity, and especially if those sore joints are not just in your hands, then I'd say research the possibly of an inflammatory process in your body due to vitamin deficiencies -- and maybe consider trying mega doses of folic acid (4000 mcg a day), b6 (300 mg a day) and b12 (3000 mcg a day). These are all water soluble, so an excess is unlikely to harm you. On the other hand, too little can lead to systemic inflammation and all sorts of problems (with the placentas, etc.). Some people have a gene defect that causes them to absorb these particular nutrients very poorly, and therefore, need far more than the RDA, and in the absence of enough, the first symptoms can be swelling, joint pain, chest pain, etc. A nutritional crisis (like growing 2 human beings) can bring out symptoms that were under the surface for a long time.<br><br>
I see in your siggie that you're an infertility survivor. Did you have any genetic testing? Did you get tested for MTHFR C677T? That can cause repeated miscarriages (sometimes so early you never knew you were pregnant, sometimes later), as well as neural tube defects. Sometimes just getting on prenatals can raise your blood levels enough to let you overcome these deficiencies enough to stay pregnant, but then as the pregnancy progresses, your daily need for these vitamins can outstrip the amount provided by (or absorbed from) the prenatals. So, if your RE did NOT specifically test you for MTHFRC677T, you might ask about just taking those mega-dose B's just in case, and if your RE *did* test you for it, and you're negative, well, then, never mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
~ Mumse, MTHFR C677T positive (just finally found out last May), former puffy swollen person, former heart patient (because of the gene thing), former arthritis patient (because of the gene thing), 3 live kiddos (so far), one fetus lost to neural tube defects at 16-20?? weeks gestation (because of the gene thing???), one miscarried at 7 weeks (because of the gene thing?), at least a dozen miscarried (over the last 16 years) before 5 weeks (because of the gene thing?), and finally one 31 week bun in the oven as we speak (Thanks to handsful of folic acid, B6, B12?? At least, I think so!)
 

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Mumse -- thanks so much for the information in your post, and for the PM to make sure I saw it (I would've missed it -- so thanks!).<br><br>
I am taking pretty sig levels of supplements, but could certainly take a bit more. The swelling in my hands has subsided, but I noticed puffy ankles tonight--not bad, but more than I've noticed before.<br><br>
I did do genetic testing with the embies, but not on me. I'm a cystic fibrosis carrier, but dh isn't, so we stopped there. I wonder about other issues. I never miscarried, though, I just never got pregnant with four years of monthly trying. IVF did the trick, much to our surprise.<br><br>
Carrying twins is indeed a shock to the system. I'm shocked everytime I look in the mirror!<br><br>
Thank you for taking the time to write out all these great recommendations. I'm going to take another folic acid before heading to bed...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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a few months ago my fingers were slightly swollen, so I moved my ring from one hand to the other so it'd be looser. The next day I couldn't take my ring off. I finally got it off a week or two later and the swelling was gone in 24 hours. How wierd is that?<br><br>
Mumse, are you a doc or nurse or something?
 

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My swelling comes and goes. I also have some in my feet and ankles if I don't walk enough. Pregnancy induced carpal tunnel hit my left hand 5 months ago and I take bromelain supplements, eat lots of pineapple, wear a wrist brace, and apply arnica gel in the hopes of preventing nerve damage. I had it in both wrists with DD and it didn't go away after her birth, so I ended up with nerve damage in the right wrist and subsequent surgery to regain the use of my hand. I believe my swelling is normal, if I drink enough water and exercise my body it is not bad...
 
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