What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is a small passage that runs through the wrist connecting nerves and tendons between the arm and hands & fingers. Pregnancy hormones can cause an increase in fluid and a relaxing or softening of the ligaments. For these reasons, nerves in the wrist can become compressed, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
CTS can make the wrist and hand weaker, and cause pain, numbness and tingling through the hand, fingers and arm. You may have CTS if, during pregnancy, you start experiencing:
How can I manage carpal tunnel syndrome?
If you’re experiencing CTS symptoms in pregnancy, consult your doctor. They may recommend you see a physiotherapist, or provide you with management strategies for the temporary condition. The following list is not a substitute for medical advice but may help to provide some relief of CTS.
When will pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome pass?
In most cases, pregnancy CTS should ease after birth. Generally, the issue will resolve itself over time postpartum, particularly with the correct management. Many of your pregnancy aches and pains will die down shortly after birth, so hang in there! When you’re struggling with discomfort, remind yourself to be proud of what you’re achieving by growing a person!
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