Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Pregnant Women

With pregnancy comes a long list of symptoms: morning sickness, food cravings, and swollen ankles.

But there is another common problem that catches most women by surprise.

When Michelle Helmin thinks about her pregnancy, the memories are bittersweet.

She can not help but remember the pain she felt in her wrist due to carpal tunnel syndrome.

It hit Michelle like a wall, right in the middle of her pregnancy.

Michelle said, "It was bad, it was very bad. And it would start down in my finger and sort of in the middle of my hand and run up and go to the middle of my elbow and it would be significant to the point where it would wake me up."

Doctors say carpal tunnel tends to hit pregnant women for two reasons:

  • The fluid shift in their bodies.

  • and the increased weight gain.

    Usually it can be treated with a hand splint, but in more severe cases, an injection in the wrist is needed.

    The good news is that most of the time, carpal tunnel goes away with the birth of the baby.

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