17 weeks pregnant and arms falling asleep

Laura - posted on 04/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am 17 weeks pregnant and for some reason my arms keep falling asleep. I wake up in the middle of the night and both arms are sleeping. I figure that either the baby is resting on something that could be causing this, or the baby is taking alot of my blood causing the bad circulation in my arms...has anyone else ever experienced this?

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Brooklyn - posted on 11/26/2013

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I have the same issue. I asked my doctor and she said it was pregnancy carpal tunnel. She advised I lower my sodium intake and drink more water. This has helped a little. I asked my chiropractor about the "baby resting on a nerve theory" he said, If the baby was resting on a nerve it would be my legs falling asleep, not my arms. It helps if I sleep with my arms thrown over the edge of the bed. Hope you feel better.

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Chelsa - posted on 04/04/2009

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i have try sleeping with on ur side with ur hands between ur knees it worked great for me

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Thought...see a chiropractor if you know a good one. Sometimes an adjustment can relieve the problem. I had this with about 4 of my pregnancies and it was always a pain. The last pregnancy was the worst though and I finally saw a chiropractor and that helped.

Tanya - posted on 04/03/2009

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Yes, it is common...but with me it was my hands.  My doctor just told me it was to do with the baby resting on some nerves.  Ask your doctor next time you see him/her just to be safe.  I hope it gets better soon.



 

Laura - posted on 04/03/2009

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Thanks for your response, I also took that into consideration but I dont think that is what it is, cause during my 1st pregnancy I was experiencing carpal tunnel. But this time it is different. My whole arm from the shoulders down goes numb. I will definitely ask my doctor when I see her again. Thanks again! :)

Nicola - posted on 04/03/2009

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It sounds like the beginning of carpal tunnel syndrome. My mum, aunty and uncle suffered from it and have all had operations to fix it. My mum and aunty had it develop when they were pregnant, not sure how it started to affect my uncle. My sister also developed it in her 2nd pregnancy, but not as bad as my mum and her siblings. I developed it in my pregnancy too, it did ware off a bit after the birth, but now, my arm goes numb. I am a hairdresser and if im do something for longer than 20 mins at a time, it goes numb, but it could be that you'r laying the wrong way as well. Mention it to your doctor or to the midwives at ur next checkup, they'll point you in the right direction.
I've also posted a link for you to let you look into it a bit further. You might have a few more symtoms!
http://carpal-tunnel.emedtv.com/carpal-t...
Ihope I've helped :)

Laura - posted on 04/03/2009

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Thank you for your response, I am happy to hear that someone else has gone through this.
Well I am normally a tummy sleeper, which now it is impossible, so I find myself sleeping on my sides...sometimes on my back but I tend to wake myself up right away when I move on my back...I also have one of those body pillows to try and help me but it doesn't seem to be working cause I find myself throwing it while I sleep..lol

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The baby is resting on a nerve in your back. I had this issue. Are you sleeping on your side or back? I had to sleep with pillow supports which did not always work as I would move them out of my way when I slept. LOL

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