Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Mom Survey: joint pain

When I was pregnant, I would often hear about the pain of labor, the sleepless nights, the exhaustion at the end of the day, and many other of the trials of being a new mom. But no one warned me about how much my body would hurt. Prior to having Pearl, I considered myself a fairly healthy young lady with not much to complain about. Now, not yet three months later, two-thirds of the major joints in my body are bothering me, and two of them (left ankle and left wrist) are sometimes too stiff, weak or painful to use normally.

I have to wonder: is this one of the complaints all moms have but none mention, or was I so out of shape that a little baby is too much for my weak self?

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5 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Laura

    My lower back has always had aches, but now when it aches, it seems worse than before I had Savannah. Maybe it's just the memory of back labor?

    Other than that, my joints haven't given me any more trouble.

  • Birdie

    Joint pain is definitely worse for me after having children. It usually takes my body about six months to get more or less completely back to normal after a baby. The first two to three months are definitely the worst.

  • Sherry

    I don't remember any joint pain until all of my episodes of sickness that happened when Laura was 2, & even then I don't remember anything other than shoulder pain (my first bout with a frozen shoulder, my right side). The doctor told me I had arthritis & I either said, or thought to myself, "I'm too young to have arthritis". I must have been 32, & in some ways I don't think it is any worse now, or either I have just learned to live with it. And whatever I have waxes & wanes, so I do have good days/times & bad days/times.

  • CappuccinoLife

    I've had joint pain since having kids, but always figured it was from the strain of all the extra weight I have.

  • Sherry

    I spoke about joint pain among the nursing mothers last night & several said they had it. One in particular said her doctor told her to get more sleep, & after getting 1 1/2 hour more per night, she felt much better, but still had ankle pain.