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Pregnancy & Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CPT)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel. CPT is a painful numbing of the hand(s) caused by repetitive motion such as typing all day without proper wrist mobility. Carpal Tunnel symptoms in pregnancy occur when fluid builds up in the wrists and puts pressure on key nerves.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CPT)

This pressure from the fluid build up can cause burning, stinging and numbing sensations. This may lead to having issues with grip strength including weakness in the hand or pain when grabbing something. This pain and numbness is usually most severe first thing in the morning and gradually improves as the hands are used. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually diminish on their own once the baby has been delivered and the pregnancy swelling decreases.

There are some natural remedies pregnant woman can try to relieve their symptoms.
These remedies include:

  1. Reducing repetitive tasks or break them up by standing and stretching frequently.
  2. Rest well at night.
  3. Increase blood flow to your hands by shaking them often.
  4. Avoid caffeine.
  5. Eating a balanced diet with vegetables and fruits.
  6. Applying ice to the affected hand or area.
  7. Wrist massages to help remove excess fluid from wrists.

If none of these natural remedies assist with relieving the pain of your carpal tunnel symptoms you can speak with your doctor about the following options:

  1. Physiotherapy to explore wearing a wrist brace or splint
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Pain medications to treat true carpal tunnel syndrome
  4. Herbal teas

It is important to discuss any of the above listed natural treatments with your doctor before trying them. This will make sure you are making a well informed and safe decision for your and your baby.

It is highly unlikely your doctor will recommend surgery for carpal tunnel symptoms caused by pregnancy. This is because the pain should subside once the baby is born and the pregnancy swelling decreases. If the pain in your wrists continues well after the birth of your child then you should speak with your doctor.

The above information does not take the place of a medical consultation and is intended for informational purposes only.