Pregnancy: Ages 18-24 Community
About This Community:

A community of expecting mothers (18 to 24 Years Old) offering support through pregnancy and childbirth. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

Pregnancy Symptom: Numbness/Tin...

Numbness/Tingling in Hands (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

What It Feels Like

Carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. It feels like pins and needles in your thumb and index finger. Sometimes you'll feel this sensation in your whole hand and forearm. Carpal tunnel syndrome can happen anytime during the pregnancy. 

Why do you get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Water retention is the culprit here. It causes swelling of the carpal tunnel, a ring of fibers around the wrist under which the nerve passes. The swelling causes pressure on the nerve that passes from the arm to the hand. 

How To Alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To alleviate Carpal tunnel syndrome, try the following:

  • Wear a wrist splint at night.
  • If the splint isn't helping, ask your doctor if it should be tightened.
  • Hold your hand above your head and wiggle your fingers.
  • Sleep with your arm on a pillow.
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Take frequent breaks to rest your hands. 

If none of these tips work, carpal tunnel syndrome should disappear soon after delivery. 

 

Read about other common pregnancy symptoms>>

Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Bri_Bri1113 commented on Boy or Girl!!?? -lets...
2 hrs ago
1217293_tn?1433053076
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
3 hrs ago
1217293_tn?1433053076
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
3 hrs ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight throughout your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Pregnancy Tracker
Track your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Sareney_beany12
12584065_tn?1433037611
Blank
Destynee2015
Phoenix, AZ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
marindamqz
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diachong
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Octmommy2015
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
katie_1989
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Oct 15, 2009
by sk123
Last Revision
Oct 21, 2009
by sk123