Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy
Yowch! Why you're more prone to carpal tunnel during pregnancy -- and how to deal.
What’s the best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy?
Surgery can cure carpal tunnel syndrome, but since most cases of pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome resolve themselves after birth (yay!), surgery isn’t necessary (or recommended). Opt for less invasive measures instead. “I think the most helpful thing is to wear a splint -- one of those over-the-counter wrist splints that you can buy at the pharmacy is fine,” says Michelle Collins, CNM, an assistant professor of nurse-midwifery at Vanderbilt University.
What can I do to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?
Try to avoid repetitive hand and wrist movements. (Easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot!)
What do other pregnant moms do when they have carpal tunnel syndrome?
“I asked my OB about carpal tunnel because I have it bad -- she said there's nothing you can do for it during pregnancy other than get yourself wrist braces to wear overnight, and that it should go away after the delivery.”
“I can't wear my splint while I’m working, but I do wear it to bed, and I find that just immobilizing it while I'm sleeping helps. Besides that, Tylenol and ice ease the pain.”
“For me, it’s mostly just numbness and tingling in both hands. I wear a brace on my right hand (it’s the worse one) most of the time and definitely at night. I can tell a difference when I'm wearing it.”
Are there any other resources for carpal tunnel syndrome?
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Plus, more from The Bump:
Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Tips for Working During Pregnancy
Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy
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