Aches and pains?

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Aches and pains?

Anyone else starting to get achy? I feel like I was much further along when I started getting uncomfortable with DS. Maybe it's just that I'm older, I don't know. Also, I have been feeling crampy the past week or so and it is freaking me out. I have had no cramping at all with this pg until now. Seems like it should be stopping around now, not starting? I keep feeling my belly trying to make sure I'm not having any contractions, and don't seem to be, although I woke up having one the other day (painless, just BH). Freaked me out, but I remember that happening with DS too. I'd wake up to a contraction every once in a while but that was the only time it would ever happen until later on when I started having BH contrax for real. I'm trying to drink lots of water and just not worry about it until my next midwife appointment. Anyone else crampy? Is it normal? Oh, so many things to worry about...

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The only aches and pains I'm having are in my lower back/hips and it's because I NEED A CHIRO VISIT or ten. But I have to wait til late March for that, which sucks.

As for BH- I have been having them for weeks. And I have them a lot. I remember them starting around 20 weeks with my first as well, and lasting the rest of the pregnancy. They are never painful, and they don't really bother me... but I really do have them sort of all day long. I will bring it up to my doc next time I see her, and see if the frequency worries her at all.

I honestly keep thinking something must be wrong with this baby/pregnancy just because I'm not thinking about it ALL THE TIME like I was with DD. Obviously, I just don't have the time/brain space to devote to it, and I don't need to, because it's not all happening for the first time like it was then. I am really looking forward to my next appt though (when I also have the anatomy scan) just to get a good reassuring that all is fine!

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Im not really achy yet...thank goodness. Im sure that day will come. Im having bh...but I know its only a few a day as opposed to more than 4 an hour...which is when the docs usually say its a problem. If you are trying to drink a ton...just make sure its enough!! For me...sitting for a bit and pushing fluids is usuallly the answer for stopping frequent bh!

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I'm definitely achy... My hips, specifically my left hip, hurt really bad if I sit for too long, or if I'm not wearing supportive shoes. My pubic bone gets really sore when I walk a lot. After I had DS2, I think my hips spread a lot (he was 2 pounds heavier that DS1) and it took a good four months for me to be able to walk normally because of hip/pubic bone pain. I plan to see a chiropractor once the baby is born.

As for the cramping and contractions... I get a lot of BH when my bladder is full (which is every half hour or so). I also wake up in the night with them, but they're never painful or intense like labor ones.

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"lexirunner" wrote:

I'm definitely achy... My hips, specifically my left hip, hurt really bad if I sit for too long, or if I'm not wearing supportive shoes. My pubic bone gets really sore when I walk a lot. After I had DS2, I think my hips spread a lot (he was 2 pounds heavier that DS1) and it took a good four months for me to be able to walk normally because of hip/pubic bone pain. I plan to see a chiropractor once the baby is born.

As for the cramping and contractions... I get a lot of BH when my bladder is full (which is every half hour or so). I also wake up in the night with them, but they're never painful or intense like labor ones.

Do you see a chiro during pregnancy? Because if you're in a lot of pain, it could REALLY help. During my pregnancy with DD, and she was my first, by about 22 or 23 weeks, I could barely lift my legs at times because the pubic pain was so bad. I went to the chiro ONCE and the pain was gone. I kept going at least once a week, and it never came back!

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I have definitely thought about going! I wasn't sure if it was safe when you're pregnant and planned to ask the OB on her thoughts. Relief would be amazing!

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I also get chiro care when preggers (and when not)-- can't say enough good things about a good chiro (emphasis on good!)

I'm not yet achy, but I find I'm most comfy if I keep moving. I'm back to walking and running and I swear I feel better on the days I workout....

I also am having BH's-- not too often, but I notice them. Makes me feel like I have to pee, but then it goes away....lol.

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Not achy just yet, though I never really was with DS, either. I wonder if I will be this time? I will be interested to see.

As for the BH's, I've had a few in the car when I have to pee or something. It always freaks me out when I get them (even though it's days/weeks apart and really infrequent), since I had preterm with DS. But my preterm was constant (6 an hour, but no rhythm to them), painless BH's that never dilated me. But they put me on bedrest and Terb for precautions. I definitely don't want that this time around! I am afraid I just have one of those overactive uteri, and the docs will get all up in arms about it again. Although, the new doc in the practice seems to think it wasn't preterm at all, but just a lot of BH's (since it didn't change my cervix over the course of the 5 weeks I had them before DS was born). We'll see. But I totally understand about freaking out about them. I do every time I have one, even though I know it's totally normal to have them this early the second time around!

And I would definitely talk to your MW about the cramps if they freak you out. Better to get a peace of mind than sit around worrying about it!

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Jen - your last pregnancy sounds eerily similar to my pregnancy with my DD! She was even born at 36 weeks. Strange. I completely understand your nerves. Having an over active uterus is so stressful. No fun to be running to the ER and your OB all the time. Btw, I just found out they don't use terb for PTL anymore. I hated that stuff.

I get achey and crampy sometimes. Its usually when I've been on my feet and sitting down usually helps relatively quickly. I also try to drink more fluids when it happens since I always got that advice from my OB last time. It seems like it's more ligament pain for me and I swear it seems to correlate with my belly growing. Like one evening I will feel achey and the next day I think I look bigger, lol. Maybe?

I've also had back aches since early on. I guess at first it's hormonal and now I probably need to watch my posture better. My hips are already getting really achey at night. I'm constantly switching sides to relieve the pain. It started WAY later last time.

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Achey here. A little sciatica and upper back ache but the worst bit is the feeling in my sides. It's like they are splitting I swear. I had it with my last two pregnancies so I knew to expect it but I hate it. I'm using bio-oil now to ease the feeling of in my skin but the rib cage ache is crazy, especially after a big meal. I get a couple of BH here and there.

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My hip bones ache a lot at night. Probably because I have to sleep on my sides now. Also my sciatica flares up every few days on my left side. That's no fun either.

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How could I forget about the sciatic pain?! Having that too.

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I seriously was either not having aches and pains, or not noticing them, until this thread. And I swear, now... my hips ache, my pubic bone is starting to bother me, and last night I had to sleep with a pillow between my legs. The good thing I guess is that I woke up (a few hours later with DD) in the same position I fell asleep, so it must really make a comfortable difference to sleep that way.