Generally, pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome, and increased discomfort experienced by people with preexisting carpal tunnel syndrome will be relieve by giving birth. In the mean time, we have some suggestion that may provide some relief.
Are you waking up with numb hands or experiencing frequent hand pain? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often associated with repetitive motion but can be triggered or exacerbated by pregnancy related swelling. All that fluid your lower extremities accumulate during the day can redistribute throughout your body at night and cause swelling that can result in a lot of discomfort.
For people who perform repetitive motions or have preexisting carpal tunnel syndrome, pregnancy can increase the discomfort experienced… because you know, you needed another annoying pregnancy symptom.
If your work requires a lot of repetitive hand motions like typing, take intermittent breaks to perform stretches or just shake your hands and wrists out. Typing and performing other movements in a more gentle manner can also prevent hand pain. We are making a video for our YouTube Channel soon to demonstrate a few of our favorite stretches for pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome but in the mean time a quick google search may be useful.
Wearing wrist braces at night can help to reduce discomfort during the day. We recommend that you speak to your doctor about which braces would be best for you.
Seeing a skilled acupuncturist throughout your pregnancy can treat a variety of pregnancy related discomforts, carpal tunnel syndrome included. Our favorite Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Erin Legare-Tremblay of Prema Health in Calgary, Alberta would be happy to address your wellness.
Things like coffee, and tobacco use can exacerbate symptoms. You may also want to reduce your salt intake and ensure you’re staying well hydrated to prevent swelling that can contribute to your symptoms.
Your health is your doctors priority. Be sure to discuss any pregnancy related concerns with your primary care provider. If your carpal tunnel syndrome is interfering with your day to day life your doctor may be able to prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve your pain.
With a variety of treatment option you should be able to get some relief from your hand pain and stiffness. Don’t feel that you need to suffer from the side effects of pregnancy without seeking treatment. There are many choices that can help you function better and more comfortably, that won’t have a negative effect on your health or the health of your baby.
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