(Closed) Stiff-numb hands in pregnancy

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

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 # 7
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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 # 10
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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.

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