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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy

Yowch! Why you're more prone to carpal tunnel during pregnancy -- and how to deal.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful hand and arm condition caused by compression of a nerve in your wrist. Pregnancy can make you more prone to carpal tunnel syndrome because all the extra fluid you retain can put pressure on that nerve.

What are the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?

You might feel numbness, tingling and pain on the palm side of your index, middle and ring fingers. Usually, your pinkie isn’t affected. You might also feel pain starting at your wrist and radiating up your arm.

Are there any tests for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is normally diagnosed based on the patient’s history and a physical exam. Additional testing probably won’t be done during pregnancy, but it could include an X-ray, a muscle study and a nerve conduction study.

How common is carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy?

It’s fairly common. We don’t have pregnancy numbers, but about 3 percent of all women will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their life.

How did I get carpal tunnel syndrome?

During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by as much as 50 percent to adequately supply your uterus, placenta and baby. That extra fluid can compress the median nerve, the one that runs through your wrist. When that happens, it hurts (ouch!). Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by repetitive wrist movements such as typing or knitting.

How will my carpal tunnel syndrome affect my baby?

It won’t. Your baby will be just fine. (Find out how to treat it on Page 2.)

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink


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