Symptoms of carpal tunnel are becoming more common among pregnant women, because during pregnancy it is common to retain water. Water retention causes swelling all over the body, which in turn puts pressure on the median nerve of the wrists. This can result in decreased circulation and numbness of the hands and fingertips.
This condition will undoubtedly be exacerbated if you perform repetitive motion activities while pregnant, like typing on a computer or playing an instrument. If being pregnant was not challenging enough, now you have to deal with the added aches and pains of carpal tunnel syndrome. So what do you do now?
First, you will want to speak to your physician to determine if your carpal tunnel symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. If they are not severe, which means that they have not persisted and progressively gotten worse for more than a year, chances are the symptoms will subside after pregnancy, when the fluid buildup is relieved.
In the meanwhile, here are a few remedies that you can adopt now to relieve pain and inflammation:
- Invest in a quality wrist brace that will provide comfort, so that you can wear it day and night. Most pain will occur at night or first thing in the morning, so the support that a wrist brace will provide will be worth much more than the purchase price.
- Apply ice packs to the affected area several times a day. This will temporarily reduce the pain and inflammation.
- Choose ergonomically friendly keyboards, mouse, and mouse pads at the office.
- When typing, ensure that your forearms are level with your hands, and that your elbows are bent.
- Avoid or reduce tasks that encourage repetitive motion activity.
- For exercise, gently rotate your wrists in a circle for two or three minutes, several times a day to increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation in that area.
- Pamper yourself often and get a message, acupuncture, or acupressure treatment in order to increase blood flow and life energy to the affected area.
- Speak to your physician about medications that can safely relieve the pain and inflammation.
- If you can bear it, try a few limited yoga poses. This is important because yoga has been known to help improve the musculo–skeletal system and provide significant relief to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Most important, stay calm and try to relax as much as possible. We all have a vested interest in your healing. Learn more here