Woke up this morning with my hand and feet joints aching pretty bad. I'm not swollen around there, and my blood pressure has been low my entire pregnancy. I'm now 36 weeks pregnant. Any suggestions, and should I be worried?
It is quite normal to be achy towards the end of pregnancy. Several factors play a role. For one thing, pregnancy changes your center of gravity, which affects your posture. Also the hormone progesterone softens your ligaments (useful in allowing your pelvis to expand a bit, but maybe not so good for joint stability). Plus many moms-to-be have trouble finding a comfortable position for sleep, and get sore during the night. Lastly, carrying that extra weight can just be hard on your body.
One way to tell if a sore joint is serious is to check if it is red or hot to the touch, as opposed to just sore. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or heat may help alleviate discomfort. Sometimes physical therapy can be helpful. And at least you can take heart that all pregnancies end eventually, and you will have a new baby to join your family. Just a few weeks to go!