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I turn 37 weeks this week and am having cramps in my pelvic area, I am guessing because the baby's head is becoming engaged, I'm peeing like a racehorse every 15 - 20 minutes. Everynight when I lay down to go to bed, my right hip seems like it falls out of place and it only feels better if I lay on it, which you aren't supposed to lay on your right side so I feel guilty if I do. My hip gets so bad that I actually can't walk! My husband has to come and help me out of bed and take baby steps to get to the bathroom and it usually hurts so bad that I cry, and I'm a person with a very high tolerence for pain.

Do any of you girls have any suggestions for at least the hip pains?
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replied March 24th, 2008
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Use a pillow between your legs and change positions frequently.

Aww, the joys of the last few weeks. Not.
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replied March 24th, 2008
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yea, I do both of those things already. I also started using a heating pad for a little while before I fall asleep. Seems to help some. The pillow helps alot. changing positions is actually veryyyy painful, but I still try to do it.
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replied March 24th, 2008
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thats what i do now i use a pillow mainly on my right side but it seems to work better when my dh is not in the bed
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replied March 24th, 2008
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i don't think there's much that can be done at this point. i think it's just part of the discomforts of the end of pregnancy.

i am in awful pain at night while trying to sleep. rolling over is extremely painful and sends pain shooting through my whole crotch area, but i have to roll over because my hips and knees hurt after awhile. my mom tried to tell me there's something wrong with me because there should be no pain during pregnancy. yeah right!

i sleep with a body pillow and i don't know what i'd do without it. other than that i just kind of suck it up and count down the days until the end.

oh, and sleeping on your left side is best but you can really sleep however is comfortable. i just stopped sleeping on my back a couple weeks ago because it's finally too uncomfortable.
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replied March 25th, 2008
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thanks bridget, I think we're just about in the same boat. Painful! Last night was better, I couldn't get out of the bathtub though, I had to have my husband help lift me up. Poor guy. Then later on I bent down to get my cat, and got stuck and had to have him come get me then too. I know I'm not a pleasant person to be around at the moment.

I think my problem is that I work too hard after I get home from working at the office. I work 10 hr days at work, and then come home and make dinner, and clean like a mad woman for like 4 hours! My house is finally getting to where it looks normal and not like to crazies live there.
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replied March 25th, 2008
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i slept soooo much better last night! we got this and it came yesterday- http://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Ventilated-Mat tress-Enhancer-Contour/dp/B000LQB2PU/ref=p d_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=12064495 63&sr=8-1

now it wasn't the best sleep of my life but it was a huge improvement! it would have been even better if i hadn't messed up my back yesterday (i just can't win). i really wish we'd gotten it much sooner.

i've also been cleaning a lot. i want to have my house spotless when i go in to the hospital so i can come home to a clean house. sounds nice, no? well i just realized that it's going to be trashed when i come home because my husband is the one who makes all the mess and he'll still be here with finn. i don't know why i'm bothering...

when do you go on maternity leave?
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replied March 25th, 2008
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I don't think we could be any closer in gestational age. When is your due date? my first one was April 14...

The past two nights have just been HORRIBLE. Back pain galore. And I think baby thinks my hips are were it needs to come out, because it just feels like it's clawing it's way through my right one.

Remember your hips are stretching to let that baby through, so they are gonna start hurting more. Plus you have excess fluid everywhere, especially in your joints. Elbows been popping more lately? There's more space there and it's easier for your joints to hurt. When they say your body changes during pregnancy, they aren't kidding, lol.

Good Luck! Did you get a pillow yet?!? I'd die without mine, I just have it between my legs and supporting my belly. I also sleep on my right side because my bed sucks and dips in the middle.
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replied March 25th, 2008
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yea my due date is April 18th now. It was the 12th, then the 14th, then the 16th, so ya know sometime in April hopefully.

Yea, I have one of those contoured pillows from when my husband had a back injury and they doooo make a huge difference. I love it. My husband doesn't ever use it so I confiscated it.

You aren't kidding about the extra fluid! My hands look like water balloons, I couldn't get my dress shoes on this morning, so I'm wearing my chucks with my dress pants, my face looks like a blow fish. Crazy.
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replied March 25th, 2008
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You aren't kidding about the extra fluid! My hands look like water balloons, I couldn't get my dress shoes on this morning, so I'm wearing my chucks with my dress pants, my face looks like a blow fish. Crazy.


is the swelling new? you should call your doctor asap if your face is swollen. it's a sign of preeclampsia.
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replied March 25th, 2008
I would let your dr know about the swelling. With my first son I had toxemia and I never told her about the swelling and it caused me to go into early labor and even if I didn't go into labor on my own they would have had to induce me. It is very bad for you and the baby!
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replied March 25th, 2008
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yea it's a little new. I'll see my doctor Friday. I basically look like Sherman on the Nutty Professor, haha. It was swollen last time I went, and he just said it was water that was building up.
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replied March 25th, 2008
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it could also be from weight gain. That's what my doc chalks it up to. Definitely call doc if your swelling or puffy in the face, that's almost a sure sign of preclampsia/toximia (sp?)
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