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Aching joints postpartum

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jeaux90 Mon 15-Jun-09 19:00:11

Hi, I am now 7 weeks postpartum and the lastfew weeks I have had aching fingers and ankles etc. Anyone got a clue what is going on?

ShowOfHands Mon 15-Jun-09 19:03:53

It's very, very common. Especially if you bfeed.

You produce relaxin when pg which loosens everything and then for a year or so after the baby you can have sore joints, particularly hands and feet. Holding the baby exacerbates it.

Do go to the gp if you're worried but it's very common. If you do an archive search on here you'll see that many people have had the same problem.

jeaux90 Mon 15-Jun-09 19:14:17

Oh that is really reassuring thankyou, I thought I was getting arthritis or something!There is so much people do not tell you about before you have a baby!

blondissimo Mon 15-Jun-09 19:51:41

I had this, it will get better - I am sure I was like this until ds was about 10 weeks. I don't think it's anything to worry about but if it's really painful see your GP.

LackingNicknameInspiration Mon 15-Jun-09 20:50:36

And I had it with my knees until DD was about a year old - but I BF her until 9 months, it cleared up pretty soon afterwards. Was also very alarmed!

oceana Mon 15-Jun-09 23:47:33

I had this really badly in my feet and ankles for about a year post birth. It was worst in the mornings. I had no idea it was common! My gp was stumped and referred me to a podiatrist who didn't know what it was either! I feel for you but rest assured it will go eventually.

DandyLioness Mon 15-Jun-09 23:57:43

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jeaux90 Tue 16-Jun-09 18:44:03

Dandylioness....i did chuckle at your message as yes everything does ache too mainly form lifting, breastfeeding etc but the joint thing was really worrying and i am relieved that its relatively common but alarmed that gp's etc are not as familiar with it!

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