Post # 1
When I sleep, they go numb and when I wake, it’s stiff. It was so tough last night I had to wake Darling Husband to cover me with the blanket b/c I couldn’t bend my fingers to pull it over me. I think I have pregnancy carpal tunnel, bummer. Any solutions work for you? I have an OB appt on Monday.
Post # 3
The stiffness is just from excess fluid. I didn’t have carpal tunnel but I got de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. A cortisone injection after the baby was born cleared it up.
Post # 4
I got carpal tunnel at the end of my pregnancy and it sucked! I’m a massage therapist and even had to quit working it got so bad. What helped me was as soon as I woke up I took long hot shower and stretched out the muscles of my hands and wrists. I also did self-massage. It helps to drink a ton of water too, which I’m sure you’re doing anyway! Luckily it seemed to get better throughout the day and it does go away when you have the baby.
Post # 5
I had this same issue during the last month. Some days were more painful then others and it wasn’t always just in the morning.
I found running warm water over my hands brought some relief and would do this often during the day.
1 month post partum and carpel tunnel isn’t 100% gone – but it is much much better.
Post # 6
thanx for the tips and encouragement, ladies!
Post # 7
If it is your wrists like real carpal tunnel, you should consider wearing wrist braces. I have been wearing them at night for years and my carpal tunnel only acts up when I’m on the computer or doing detailed work for too long.
Post # 8
I’ve had multiple friends with carpal tunnel. They were helped by decreasing salt intake and by going to a chiropractor. One has been wearing wrist braces as well.
Post # 9
It’s mostly my left fingers and I’m right handed so I’m pretty sure it’s not computer related but i will try some of the tips given, like less salt. Last night was much better…I slept with my arm/hand slung over my head. Not sure if that’s what worked but I’m glad I can look forward to it eventually going away.
Post # 10
I had carpal tunnel for the last 2 months of pregnancy, and it was miserable. Heat didn’t make it better for me, it made it worse, but ice packs helped a little. I would wrap an ice pack in a washcloth and lay it on my wrists for 15 minutes or so before bed. I also had my husband rub my wrists and hands when it got really bad.
The good news is that it went away pretty quickly after birth. I think by the second week postpartum I was back to normal.