Pregnant with painful wrists? You may have this common syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a state that causes numbness and tingling in the hands and painful wrists. (Getty Images)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a state that causes numbness and tingling in the hands and painful wrists. (Getty Images)

Pregnancy often comes with many conditions varying from one woman to another, and according to Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Naadir Bismilla, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of them. 

Occurring more commonly in the first and second trimester, the syndrome does not remain post-pregnancy. 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome? 

Referring to the small channel in the wrist about 2,5 cm in size, the carpal tunnel protects the nerves and tendons that bend the fingers and thumb.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a state that causes numbness and tingling in the hands and painful wrists. This condition happens due to swelling around the wrists and pressure on the median nerve moving through the carpal tunnel.

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Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnant women

Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in the body, which results in swelling. The swelling around the wrist can cause pressure around the median nerve as it moves in the Carpal Tunnel, which causes pain in the wrist and hands.

Signs that indicate Carpal Tunnel syndrome during pregnancy

  • Weakness of the thumb, index finger or the palm of your hand.
  • Stinging around the thumb, index finger and middle finger.
  • Throbbing of the wrist or hand.
  • Numbness of the thumb, index finger and middle finger.


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    What is the treatment of Carpal Tunnel syndrome?

    The treatment taken depends on the level of your symptoms and the stage of pregnancy. Here are some of the treatment options:

    • Hoisting up your hands when you are not using them.
    • Placing your wrists in a neutral position during the day.
    • Put an ice pack on your wrist or place your wrist under cold water for two minutes or less.
    • Avoiding activities that might cause tension on your wrists
    • Physiotherapy or occupational therapy

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