Over the last 3 to 4 weeks, my hands and feet/ankles have been swelling, especially on my left side, which I have found quite puzzling. The interesting thing is that the doc said that the baby is on my left side, and that she is most likely causing the off-balance swelling. She suggested lying on my right side to relieve pressure and get the blood flowing on the left! So interesting. Another interesting tidbit, is that because the baby is favoring lying on her left side, with her head down, and feet near my ribs, that she will most likely favor lying on her left side once she's born as well! Do you have a preference on which side you lie on? Most likely that's how you were in the womb!
I was sharing this info with my sister, and she asked if maybe that meant the baby might be left-handed, but I can't imagine that's true, since I favor lying on my left side, but I'm right-handed. Which then lead me to do a little research because that's what I do when I get something in my head! I found some interesting facts about left-handed people (according to facts.randomhistory.com):
- Research has shown a link between trauma during gestation or during birth with an increased chance of being left-handed.
- Mothers who are over 40 at the time of a child’s birth are 128% more likely to have a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20s.
- Ultrasounds show that in the womb, 90% of babies appear to favor the right thumb, which corresponds to population breakdowns of right-handers and left-handers.
- When placed on their tummies, right-handed babies tend to turn their heads to the right. Left-handed babies usually turn their heads to the left or they don’t show any preference.
- Some scientists have suggested that left-handers were originally in the womb with a twin that did not survive, or a “Vanishing Twin."
These are only 5 fun facts out of 56 that are listed on the website above. Obviously, I only shared the ones that have to do with babies and the womb. Interestingly enough, my dad is left-handed, so maybe she'll take after her granddaddy!
Speaking of hands, have I mentioned the painful tingling in my fingers? Sometimes it's so bad that I feel like I can't grip things like a writing pen or a drinking glass. It's most painful during the night, while I'm trying to sleep, but is generally still lingering most of the morning as well. Afternoons are mild, but there's still a hint of discomfort. Apparently this is normal during pregnancy, and my doctor suggests carpel tunnel braces, which I may be purchasing tomorrow! Should go great with my compression stockings! Don't worry, a mental image is all you are getting of that!