Being pregnant is stressful enough. You are entering your second trimester. You feel naturally anxious and even a little scared. You’re busy preparing for the day you will hold the baby growing inside you in your arms. Your stress only increases when you feel a sharp pain in your hand, and your doctor diagnoses it as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hearing the news on top of an already stressful day only worsens things for you. You still have a few months of pregnancy ahead of you, but there’s so much left to do. You need to decorate the nursery, buy diapers, bottles, etc. Adding the pain of pregnancy carpal tunnel into the mix only makes everything more difficult.
Symptoms of Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
As many as one in three pregnant women suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have been feeling numbness, pain or tingling in your hand, chances are you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Usually, the symptoms go away once your baby is born.
While carpal tunnel syndrome is mild and rarely painful, in severe cases, the pain can be so intense that your hand movements may become severely restricted and you might have trouble sleeping at night.
Here are the typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy:
- Tingling or numbness in your thumb, index, ring or middle finger, usually beginning when you wake up in the morning
- Shooting pains along the arm, starting from the wrist
- Stiff or cramped hands
- Weakness in the thumb
- Difficulty holding or gripping objects properly
- Pain or numbness in hands at night,
- Difficulty opening bottle or jar lids, or
- Problem with fine motor movements, such as tying shoelaces putting on makeup, or brushing teeth.
Causes of Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a small tunnel or space in the wrist. The median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, passes through the carpal tunnel from your forearm to your hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
Swelling of the ligaments and tendons in the carpal tunnel due to illness, repetitive hand movements, or conditions such as pregnancy, can cause this pressure on the median nerve. Any activity that reduces the space in the carpal tunnel or increases the sensitivity of the median nerve can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Pregnancy is one of the major causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Your hands tend to swell while pregnant, causing pressure on the median nerve, which in turn brings about the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
About 25% of soon-to-be moms develop pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome. And the swelling brought on by pregnancy exerts more pressure on the median nerve. The pain is unbearable and gets worse at night when you’re trying to sleep. The resulting sleeplessness adds to the lack of sleep you’re already suffering from during pregnancy.
Taking medications for pain relief is out of the question, as this could harm your baby. Undergoing carpal tunnel relief surgery is also risky in your condition.
Methods to Relieve Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy
The good news is that pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome is entirely treatable. We would like to inform you about an easy yet efficient solution available to you. Its name is CarpalAID®.
CarpalAID® is 100% safe and painless. It requires no drugs or prescriptions and is entirely safe for the baby. You no longer need to worry about taking medications or undergoing costly surgery that could harm you or your baby. Best of all, you won’t need to suffer the unbearable pregnancy carpal tunnel pain anymore.
Directly apply the CarpalAID® patch as instructed and wait for the pain to disappear. It starts working within 30 minutes after applying. Now, you can sleep all night soundly long and enjoy a pain- and stress-free pregnancy. You can finally gain the energy you need to get everything ready for your Big Day.
Other Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Hand Pain
There are various ways to treat the symptoms of pregnancy carpal tunnel. Following are a few methods:
- Massaging your wrist will help ease the pain. Rub the thumb firmly along the wrist from side to side. Do this as often as needed to keep the pain under control.
- The contrast bathing technique can help with pregnancy carpal tunnel. Bathe your wrist in a bowl of hot water for 30 seconds and then in a bowl of iced water for 30 seconds. Repeat the process for about 3 minutes. This technique helps to reduce pressure on the median nerve and open up the blocked pathways of the carpal tunnel.
- There is a variety of exercises that can relieve carpal tunnel pain. Here are a few:
- Move your hands up and down, and from side to side.
- Stretch your fingers as far out as possible and then relax the hand.
- Close your hand tightly into a fist and then straighten out the fingers slowly.
- Drinking a cup of camomile tea in the evening can relieve pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome hand pain.
Make a compress of essential oils like cypress or lemon and wrap it around your wrists. This method can reduce the swelling in the carpal tunnel.