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Carpal Tunnel Pregnancy Hand Pain Relief
Pregnancy is a joyous time but can also be a time that you undergo changes in your body that may bring some discomfort. Pregnancy hand pain is one condition that usually occurs during the second and third trimesters, and sometimes after birth.
If you are experiencing hand pain during your pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome might be the cause. Pregnancy hand pain happens when there is fluid retention and swelling of the tissues surrounding the carpal tunnel in the wrist.
Thankfully, there are holistic measures that can safely ease hand pain during your pregnancy and after giving birth.
An Explanation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that results in hand and wrist pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands and certain fingers.
The carpal tunnel is an area within the wrist that is surrounded by bones. The median nerve, which runs from the upper arm, passes through this tunnel.
The median nerve plays a crucial role in controlling muscles in that region, including thumb movements and passing information onto the brain.
When pressure is put on the median nerve, hand pain, tingling and numbness can occur. This makes work-related and even simple daily activities, like picking up a coffee cup, difficult.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, can cause pain and aching, symptoms which can worsen during the night and when you first wake up in the morning. It can affect your quality of sleep, worsening when your hand is inactive.
There might be times during the day when you don’t notice the symptoms, however, common activities can bring them on.
Though commonly caused by work-related activities, including repetitive movements and other strenuous activities, carpal tunnel syndrome has a higher incidence during pregnancy.
But why exactly?
How Does CTS Pregnancy Hand Pain Occur?
So if you’re pregnant and experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, CTS might be the reason.
It’s more common around the second and third trimester, typically in the later stages of pregnancy.
And it doesn’t always stop there. In fact, symptoms can continue after birth in some cases.
Pregnancy hand pain happens when the median nerve is squeezed. This is common when the tissues surrounding the wrist swell. The swelling can be caused by fluid buildup during pregnancy.
CTS is more likely to occur during pregnancy if there is a hereditary link. Additionally, it can be linked with back, neck and shoulder problems, especially since the median nerve passes across the top of the rib cage down your arm.
Previous problems in these areas will increase the likelihood of getting CTS during pregnancy.
Many experts believe hormone-related swelling is the main culprit during pregnancy. However, research is mixed.
Gestational diabetes and hypertension can lead to fluid retention too, thus increasing the risk of CTS.
When there is extra strain on these target areas, CTS can become uncomfortable, but it is not a serious condition.
In most cases, pregnancy hand pain from carpal tunnel syndrome will ease within three months of birth.
How Can a Mother Relieve CTS Pregnancy Hand Pain?
Carpal tunnel syndrome hand pain should be treated conservatively during pregnancy, for the health of you and your baby.
A holistic approach to relieving the symptoms is often recommended. The number one thing you should do if you are experiencing pregnancy hand pain is to consult your doctor or a health care professional.
The following are holistic recommendations that may help relieve your pregnancy hand pain. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying any of these methods.
Wrap ice in a cold towel and apply it to the affected area several times a day. This can do wonders for decreasing swelling.
Also, try a ‘contrast bath’, where you soak your wrist in cold water for around one minute before switching to warm water for another minute.
Keep alternating and repeat as often as possible.
Eating a balanced diet is a great way to ease symptoms. Cut down on sugar, fat, and salt to reduce swelling of tissues
Drink plenty of water and eat five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
Eat foods high in vitamin B6 for a healthy nervous system, consuming foods like garlic, hazelnuts, lean meat, dark green vegetables, and oily fish.
Again, consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes during your pregnancy.
Massage can ease congestion and encourage fluid movement. Grab your wrist with the opposite hand, and massage it in a circular movement.
You also might want to visit a professional massage therapist.
Gentle stretching is recommended, but try not to do anything which worsens the pain.
Hanging your hands over the side of the bed during sleep is a great way to prevent your hands from curling.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
You can visit a professional acupuncturist or you can try applying pressure to certain points on your hands and wrists to relieve hand pain.
Modern Reflexology offers some great pressure points to try.
Essential oils can compress and reduce swelling.
Add a few drops to warm or cool water and soak a cloth in it. Wrap this around the affected area for hand pain relief.
Peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and Marjoram oil is known for relieving pain, inflammation, and swelling. Lavender and rosemary are also wonderful for reducing pain and inflammation.
Above everything else, remember to rest your hands and wrists, perhaps switching to different activities when necessary.
Repetitive motions and activities can cause carpal tunnel whether you are pregnant or not. So reducing the amount of time you repeat the same motion, or switching hands and resting between activities will help reduce the likelihood of hand pain.
The CarpalAID® patch is a revolutionary invention, which offers functional support for CTS.
It is non-medicated, so it is safe for you and your baby. The patch can be worn overnight so you can wake up pain-free, or you can easily wear it during the day.
The patch is small enough that it won’t get in the way of your daily activities.
CarpalAID® is easy to use. Follow these steps to use CarpalAID®:
- Wash and thoroughly dry your hands. Wipe your palm with rubbing alcohol to make sure it sticks.
- Peel back the adhesive strip.
- Apply the patch to the palm (see diagram for correct placement).
- Bend the edges in (see picture) if necessary for comfort.
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