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What has been your biggest complaint during pregnancy?

(79 Posts)
Nat37 Sat 12-Jan-13 14:37:20

Hi all! smile

Been thinking about this a lot lately. We've all experienced some niggling problem whilst being pregnant, but what would you say you have suffered the most with? Heartburn, insomnia, swollen ankles etc?

For me, it's been all of the above and more..angry

So, come on girls, the floor's yours! wink

Yamyoid Sat 12-Jan-13 14:42:38

Definitely indigestion, it was awful. Next I think would be the tiredness.

supergreenuk Sat 12-Jan-13 14:45:26

Alopecia. With my second I got a lovely bold patch.
My boobs look like that of an 80 year old.

Reebok Sat 12-Jan-13 14:47:54

The nausea and vomiting...I have HG and have felt like death most of the time so far.

KelleStar Sat 12-Jan-13 14:56:25

Last time it was agonising SPD and being signed off from work at 26 weeks.

This time the nausea and vomiting from before I found out to 23 weeks has been the worst so far.

Hamnvik Sat 12-Jan-13 15:51:19

Sore hips and legs. My calf muscles are rock hard all the time, I'd heard of cramp as a symptom but not like this!

CareerGirl01 Sat 12-Jan-13 16:15:58

Morning sickness and heartburn and indigestion all at the same from weeks 6-19. On meds for the heartburn and feel sooo much better.

Rowan1204 Sat 12-Jan-13 16:22:20

With my first it was heartburn. This time round with twins it has most definitely been the sickness! Im sure backache will be a close second in a month or so though!

nicki1978 Sat 12-Jan-13 16:26:00

For me it was my fingers and part of my left hand going numb.

Msbluesky32 Sat 12-Jan-13 16:26:06

Morning sickness that lasted from the moment I woke up until the time I went to bed for four months. Then SPD. Both (crosses fingers) have now gone. I actually found the heightened emotions harder than than both those physical things though tbh

Dolallytats Sat 12-Jan-13 16:27:46

The insomnia. I am shattered, but lay awake for hours every night. I'm seriously starting to wonder if you can die from lack of sleep!!

Dogsmom Sat 12-Jan-13 17:12:07

In the early days it was nausea but now at 32 weeks it's breathlessness.

Rhienne Sat 12-Jan-13 17:20:40

The exhaustion. Which causes nausea and is not helped by the constant sickness. Sneeze three kilometres away and I'll probably still catch it. sad

SoYo Sat 12-Jan-13 17:36:25

Vomiting 4-16 weeks, heartburn 22-now, backache and the overwhelming urge to nap getting gradually worse. Also now needing help to get up when using recliner on sofa....oh the glamour!

plannedshock Sat 12-Jan-13 17:37:05

ITCHING!!! Aggghhh! Driving me insane!!!!

PandaOnAPushBike Sat 12-Jan-13 17:38:37

So far, the tiredness. Absolute total, to the core, exhaustion. Even though I do nothing during the day.

I still have 16 weeks to go so this may change.

StuckOnARollercoaster Sat 12-Jan-13 17:48:50

having a stinking cold and not being able to take any sudafed - the snot is really getting to me at the moment!

not the worst symptom in the world but its good to be able to have a whinge!

RubyrooUK Sat 12-Jan-13 17:52:41

First pregnancy, I had awful heartburn all the way through. Terrible super sensitive smell. Then I went hormonally mad at 38 weeks and told DH he couldn't leave me ever and he had to ring work to quit and stay with me (this passed by 40 weeks).

This pregnancy, it's been the nausea and vomiting blood early on. And now at 31 weeks, it's backache from being a small pregnant woman carrying a heavy, tall two year old a mile to nursery in the morning and then working a 12 hour day. But I have been able to eat spicy food non-stop.

AgathaTrunchbull Sat 12-Jan-13 18:42:44

Heartburn's been pretty unpleasant, but on and off. Pelvic doom for the last three weeks has bumped itself up to top irritation! Never realised turning over in bed could be so difficult.

TwitchyTail Sat 12-Jan-13 19:11:11

SICKNESS. Far and away the worst.

Now SPD but I'll take that over vomiting any day of the week!

WaynettaSlobsLover Sat 12-Jan-13 19:14:21

Nausea was awfulllll and knackered looking after my 16 month old and 4 year old. Not enough time for naps. Collapsing into bed in the evenings. Thank god, I'm past 3 months now and nausea has gone so I'm able to cope better. How in gods name do people with 16 kids do it?

Heart burn and vomiting blood. I can even taste blood now when I lie down. It freaks me out tbh.

Doraemon Sat 12-Jan-13 19:28:45

SPD and irritable uterus. Can't walk anywhere, painful Braxton Hicks all day long. On the positive side, hardly any heart burn this time round, haven't had to crack open the Rennies once.

ImKateandsoismywife Sat 12-Jan-13 19:50:29

Constant nausea and heartburn for me!

TinkyPeet Sat 12-Jan-13 19:59:55

I seem to be complaining about everything to everybody at the minute so I guess mine would be mood swings!!
How can a sweet little baby cause so much of a temper :/ lol x

redwellybluewelly Sat 12-Jan-13 20:44:07

First time. No issues.

This time. The pain of uterus stretching, walking more than a mile requires an immediate nap afterwards, my pelvic floor has vanished, the sheer utter exhaustion and the fact I've another 22weeks to go.

ecuse Sat 12-Jan-13 20:50:22

Carpal tunnel for me. Hands were numb and painful basically all the time and fingers locked rigid in a fist every morning (I had to force them to 'click' straight with the other hand when I woke <shudder>).

It improved after I gave birth but didn't go away. 20 months on I'm still having 4-monthly cortisone injections sad

noblegiraffe Sat 12-Jan-13 20:51:46

First pregnancy = insane hormones and crying all the time, and pelvic pain meaning I could barely walk in the last trimester
This pregnancy = heartburn. I didn't get it at all last time, it's foul. But my hormones have been fine, no crying!

rugbychick Sat 12-Jan-13 20:55:35

SPD and the extreme tiredness

supergreenuk Sat 12-Jan-13 21:07:12

Plannedshock have you told your midwife about the itching. Isn't that something that needs treating and close monitoring

Nicola80 Sat 12-Jan-13 21:11:29

Heartburn, tiredness and being the size of a barn door at the end. Got sick of feeling like a 90 year old when walking up the stairs. Didn't go anywhere without my gaviscon I practically needed it on a drip haha. But it was all worth it in the end though.

bruffin Sat 12-Jan-13 21:17:17

Being stuck in hospital for nearly 2months

Springforward Sat 12-Jan-13 22:21:54

Knackered, sick, monster heartburn and having to go searching for the wrist splints from my first pregnancy at 3am today as bloody CTS has already started. Oh well, 20 weeks to go AND I NEVER HAVE TO BE PREGNANT AGAIN. Thank god.

Startail Sat 12-Jan-13 22:35:54

Heart burn with both of them for nine sodding months.
Then on and off for years after DD2.

Finally had some antacids because I was knocking back ibuprofen for something else and they make me feel sick.

Heart burn went away and stayed away even though I only took them for a couple of weeks.

Had I known I'd have saved myself two years of annoyance.

Damash12 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:07:31

I should probably do a name change on this as TMI. I could also answer with 1 word PREGNANCY....the end. Seriously though, I thought it was just me having a tough time so this thread as made me feel a little better and glad I'm not the only one.
From the start nausea/ sickness & constipation. Swiftly followed by anxiety and tears. At around 24 weeks SPD, insomnia and acid reflux this sits at the back of my throat and travels up to my right ear so swallowing is really painful and everything tastes vile. Now at 37 weeks I have carpal tunnel, both hands go numb if slightly raised, swollen feet, SPD, anxiety/tears over everything, acid reflux and the very very worst thing I have ever experienced in my life!!!! Thrombosised/ 4th degree piles!!! I have been unable to sit, walk, stand, sleep for pain. Apparently they would normally operate within 72 hours of this happening but because pregnant I have the option of........paracetamol!!!! Well, that helps err NOT. Do not get constipated.... On the plus side this pain as made th agree to bring csection forward to this Thursday!!! Aargh so now I'll just be content with impending fear!! Surely, what's to come can't be any worse than what as just passed!! Good luck everyone :-)

iamwhaticallpregnant Sun 13-Jan-13 09:42:41

Heart burn and acid in my throat.

stowsettler Sun 13-Jan-13 09:43:00

I've had a really easy pregnancy so far (now 35+4) but I've suffered a bit from heartburn and sore hips. However I don't enjoy the whole experience of being pregnant: loss of control of my body, getting clumsy, tiredness, unpredictable appetite and cravings (they seem to change weekly).

However by far and away the worst thing I've had to deal with is an almost total lack of bladder. I have dogs, and am still trying to give them a decent walk each day, and mainly failing because I can't walk more than 20 mins without being desperate for a pee. I've even sneaked into the bushes a couple of times. It's horrible: I wake up, pee, go downstairs and have a drink. Then upstairs, pee, get dressed, need another pee then out with dogs. After about 10 mins I need another pee!! I want my bladder back!!

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Sun 13-Jan-13 10:04:35

I am so breathless even early on, and dreading what I will be like later on. I feel like I can't catch my breath, if I am lying down I have to sit up and really try to breathe in deeply enough. Sometimes a yawn helps, but only sometimes. Oh and to add insult to injury if I try to force myself to yawn I end up retching. Nice!

I had total exhaustion Very early on too, didn't know what had hit me. I had time booked off work which was a godsend, I could not get out of bed.

Twattybollocks Sun 13-Jan-13 12:20:06

Nausea/vomiting/lack of appetite. Closely followed by varicose veins, which whilst thankfully not painful, look hideous and are all over my legs. I'm just hoping they go away once the baby arrives or it's surgery!

somewherebecomingrain Sun 13-Jan-13 15:15:59

I'm with DAMASH. Pregnancy full stop. Apart from MS, physically it's been quite good - I've forced myself to swim and am actually bounding up the stairs at 28 weeks and also I'm not working much - only from home- which really helps. But I hate it anyway and I'd say the worst thing is the hormones.. I think I'm one of those women who can't handle progesterone - its like a 9 months of the worst pmt ever building and building and building to an unbearable crescendo.. My DP calls me Fecundstein.

Hugs to all fellow travellers/sufferers xxx

talulahbeige Sun 13-Jan-13 15:35:44

Constant nausea from week 6 and still ongoing, im currently 30, its been so bad I've only managed to work for 6 weeks since July. Also pelvic pain, walking is a nightmare.

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Longfufu Sun 13-Jan-13 16:32:41

Everything....I hate being pregnant.

MrsHBaby3 Sun 13-Jan-13 17:30:26

ooh for the first half definitely the n+v, the second half the spd

bealos Sun 13-Jan-13 17:36:28

Low level nausea til 34 weeks. I didn't realise how miserable it was making me til it stopped.

And rib pain. Squashed ribs at the top right hand side. At 39 weeks this still hasn't gone away. Soon though I'm hoping!!

MyFriendGoo Sun 13-Jan-13 18:18:12

Extreme tiredness leading to nothing getting done ever, leading to frustrated tears, leading back to extreme tiredness and the cycle starts all over again. And carpal tunnel - I can't turn off taps properly anymore.

I don't know how people do this when they already have children. You are superwomen.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Sun 13-Jan-13 19:13:33

I don't feel quite so sorry for myself after reading some of these, but, here's mine:

Vomiting up to 10x a day with both pregnancies up to 7th month and nausea when not actually vomiting.

SPD for the entire duration of both pregnancies. Still getting tweaks 6m later with second.

Exhaustion for initial month like nothing I'd ever experienced, followed by a slight improvement, then needing a nap for a couple of hours every afternoon with my second pregnancy. Only possible cz my amazing DH works from home and when DD1 got up from her nap didn't mind her pottering around in the background while I tried to get up.

Insomnia from about 6m to the end of both pregnancies.

Going into premature labour with DD2 at 31 weeks and being in hospital on a drip for 3 days to stop it.

I. Hate. Being. Pregnant.

Would I have another? Yes. grin

flowerygirl Sun 13-Jan-13 19:26:18

Going for a short walk to the shop and feeling like I've run a marathon and constant thrush!

MotherOfFeralChild Sun 13-Jan-13 19:52:50

My worst pregnancy niggle - the father.

Giggle78 Sun 13-Jan-13 19:57:25

I got pregnant and immediately my boobs went up by four bra sizes in the first month!! They are soooooooooooo heavy.

Constant tiredness.

21 weeks to go. I am so happy to be having another baby but I am planning for this to be my last pregnancy and I am glad. I do want my body back.

Pleasenomorepeppa Sun 13-Jan-13 19:57:51

Lack of pelvic floor & that I appear to have the gestation of an elephant.

LadyAlex Sun 13-Jan-13 20:07:13

I have anti natal depression which has been marked by anxiety. Im having counselling now but have been off work for 3 months. Its getting much better now and I can't believe how quickly suddenly I started to feel so much more like the old me, like the clouds cleared....

I've also had restless legs but not as bad as the first time round. I read that eating 2-3 bananas a day can relieve the symptoms. Within 3 days of starting the narnathon, relief!

Pam100127 Sun 13-Jan-13 20:09:27

SPD....& it's still severe 7+ years later

doublecakeplease Sun 13-Jan-13 20:10:58

Ooh - i love a pregnancy moan :-) my whinges are: sickness, not being able to brush my teeth without gagging, swollen legs and feet from week 11 (left leg and foot still swollen and DS is nearly 1 boohoo), giving myself injections in my tummy for a fortnight after they suspected dvt, ridiculously high bp which meant going to hospital every couple of days (not easy when working full time in a different city and not driving), having emcs and people telling me i was lucky not to have had to give birth... Prob lots more. Quite enjoyed that rant!!

wintersdawn Sun 13-Jan-13 20:54:35

First time round nothing physical just massive stress due to stupid docs and mw's telling me lies.
This time insane sickness (yes the weight loss was needed but not quite like that thank you) and hormones going mad, had to stop driving the other day cause a song set me off and I couldn't see through the tears. I can't wait for this one to end.

inadreamworld Sun 13-Jan-13 21:37:54

I know I am very lucky because I have very few pregnancy health niggles to complain about - but pushing my heavy toddler in buggy up our road which is a steep hill whilst 4 days overdue with baby no 2 is certainly tiring. Also having problems putting my winter boots on as tummy now so big!

But the worst thing of course is....the birth!! 2nd time round I know how painful it really is.....

weeblueberry Sun 13-Jan-13 21:52:03

Its a tie between the exhaustion and the ridiculously spotty face. There's literally nothing I can do for the latter - I'm drinking lots of water and trying to eat as many fruit and veg as possible but am still struggling with it...

pixiestix Sun 13-Jan-13 22:45:51

Crazy heartburn and unbearable GD thirst from about 30 weeks.

Last time it was the insomnia. It just seems so unfair that when I need sleep more than ever, suddenly I can't! Now 5 weeks, I woke at 3.30 and can't sleep. angrysad

TotallyKerplunked Mon 14-Jan-13 07:34:20

Pregnancy was so much fun angry, I spent most of it bed bound for one reason or another. For the first 4 months it was vertigo and low blood pressure so dizzy, sick and tired which meant I bumped into stuff and fainted a lot, usually at the top of a flight of stairs culminating in a fall which has permanently damaged my coccyx.

That was followed by heartburn, insomnia and high blood pressure so endless hospital admissions and eventually pre-eclampsia. After all that the birth only took 26 minutes so swings and roundabouts!

Hasn't put me off TTC number 2.

roseinwinter Mon 14-Jan-13 08:31:10

Morning sickness was pretty awful but thankfully stopped at about 14 weeks. I'm now 37 weeks and have been pretty lucky with the rest of the pregnancy but a recent delightful discovery are skin tags!!

LindaMcCartneySausage Mon 14-Jan-13 08:38:37

Lately, it's the hideous leg cramps and agony hips, especially at night. I can't sleep and trying to change position in bed to relieve the pain is like turning an oil a tanker. Heartburn - thank god Gaviscon is effective even it tastes awful. Morning sickness from 4-15 weeks, vomiting 6-7 times a day while dealing with toddlers, nevermind the constant nausea and exhaustion.

DH moaning that something around the house hasn't been done (see above)

Hyperemesis. Particularly being bad enough to be hospitalised. Yuck!

JenAT Mon 14-Jan-13 09:31:13

First 16wks or so, nausea and vomiting. Has been worse with each subsequent pregnancy. I do not know how the poor souls who get hyperemesis cope!
Now at 35wks, I am knackered. Still working, sometimes a 10+hr day. Waking literally hourly at night to wee. Where does it come from? I try to limit fluids in the evening but my bladder is ready to burst if I don't get up. Hips ache and terrible backache if I sit in a funny position or push my 21month old too far in the pushchair. Looking forward to finishing work in 2wks but wont really rest as 2 kids that still need looking after. Definitely no more babies after this one!
Its good to have a moan but appreciate we are lucky to have 2 healthy children and so far a pretty healthy pregnancy.

The bleeding and the uncertainty. I'm 9 weeks into my fourth pregnancy (two live births, one mc) and having pink bleeding yet again (had it in 3 out of 4 pregnancies now) And yeah it's probably nothing but I'm just so sick of the uncertainty and the worry. I just want to know if it's ok or not. sad

RainboxFX Mon 14-Jan-13 10:02:58

I'm with Jamesandthegiantbanana. After a very premature birth and losing my son as a result, it's the daily terror of something going wrong. Have been signed off work at 9 weeks due to bleeding. I have lost my I'm pregnant, so I am going to have a baby belief sad

Sioda Mon 14-Jan-13 10:42:49

The exhaustion. I was practically disabled for the last 4 months. In tears walking home from work one day just trying to put one foot in front of the other. But worse even than that were people's attitudes about it. All this pregnancy's not an illness lark, blah blah blah.... If I'd been that exhausted for any other reason I'd have been signed off work but because it's pregnancy related you're expected to just suck it up and get on with it and if you moan you get compared to X down the road who ran a marathon the day before she went into labour so you must just be a whiner. It might not be an illness but it makes a lot of people very ill and very debilitated and it's long past time society respected that. All my genius doctor had to suggest was to rest more and walk more. Presumably she didn't mean at the same time.

Autumn12 Mon 14-Jan-13 10:50:06

The exhaustion and lack of sleep! At first I was wasking at 3am and just not being able to get back to sleep, now that I'm over that I'm waking to go for a wee 3 or 4 times each night!! Even when I purposely don't drink much all day I still need to go loads at night.

I'm only 10 + 5 too .

Conflugenglugen Mon 14-Jan-13 10:50:49

The utter exhaustion, then nausea, and the muscle- and ligament-pulls. I was very lucky, really.

FaxMactor Mon 14-Jan-13 11:01:58

I developed a real pain in the neck during my first pregnancy so just after I got pregant for the second time I found the solution....I divorced him.

SamraLee Mon 14-Jan-13 11:50:17

Before I was pregnant I had a smell disorder, so when I was pregnant it was 10 times worse. I barely ate anything for the first 20 weeks so I was constantly starving. My daughter is 6 months and I still have trouble with a few smells especially perfumey ones, but I had that before the pregnancy. I got PGP at 8 weeks and it only got worse from there. I would take the pain and having to go to the store in a wheelchair anyday over not being able to eat. Those are my only two real complaints. Towards my 3rd trimester I got very anaemic and was having frequent episodes of heart palpatations, dizziness, and breathlessness, but I would gladly take that over the smell problem too.

poozlepants Mon 14-Jan-13 12:02:29

Low blood pressure. Made worse by every midwife I saw telling me how lucky I was not to have high bp. I spent the last 14 weeks feeling like I was going to faint all the time. After the birth I lost enough blood to make me slightly anaemic again which lowered it a bit more so I couldn't even have a shower without sitting down.

octanegirl Mon 14-Jan-13 12:08:09

Constant insomnia for the last 8 weeks...SPD...horribly achy hips at night. Now overdue and very fed up.

Artemis206 Mon 14-Jan-13 13:06:29

Heartburn, insomnia, tiredness & nausea. All worth it now I have a 1 week old DD snoozing in my arms.

lutrinae Mon 14-Jan-13 13:34:57

where to start? endless nausea, heartburn, tiredness, acheyness. Spending all night trying to find a comfy position to sleep in. Crampy, restless, painful legs.

A horrible (but thankfully brief) period of depression following moving house, just before Christmas and hormonal. Great timing!

Finally that lack of independence - not being able to move far - or very fast - or lift anything. So frustrating.

It aint glamourous, that's for sure. Just entered 3rd trimester so I'm sure there's more in store!

PartTimeModel Mon 14-Jan-13 14:56:30

anything at all that messes with my sleep - so that would be heartburn/indigestion, SPD and weeing all the fecking time.

AllYoursBabooshka Mon 14-Jan-13 15:21:59


I have never had headaches before and am a self-confessed moany fucker.

My poor family, but really <mooooooooooaaaaaaaannnnsss>

LadyMaryCrawley Mon 14-Jan-13 17:06:37

After a trouble- free first 7.5 months which I am now very grateful for...!

Awful pelvic pain and squashed ribs which means I am never comfortable and turning over in bed almost requires assistance from the fire brigade...

Either needing a wee, or feeling like I need a wee. Am starting to think my bladder is haunted by a phantom wee.

Being exhausted.

Not being able to reach the floor or put my own shoes on.

Not much then!

rachywhite83 Tue 15-Jan-13 08:36:16

Just exhaustion. A real lack of energy. I also feel like I'm crying all the time. I feel so sorry for my husband with me crying all the time sad

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