Tingling or Achy Hands and Wrists

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If you are experiencing any pain or numbness in your wrists, it is most likely due to carpal tunnel syndrome. These unpleasant feelings in your hands are the result of swelling of the carpal tunnel, the tube that houses the nerves running to your hands and fingers. This swelling compresses the nerves and causes pain in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and ring finger on one or both hands. Jobs that require repetitive hand movements, like typing, can also aggravate carpal tunnel pain.

You may also experience:

  • pins and needles
  • numbness
  • a weakened grip
  • aching in your lower forearm
  • a burning sensation in your fingers, especially your thumb

Carpal tunnel usually appears in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, when your hands are most likely to swell. The good news is that most symptoms will disappear after your baby is born. In the meantime, try these simple tips to help relieve pain from carpal tunnel:

  • Get the circulation going – Shake your hands out to get the blood moving.
  • Stretch – Stretching out your wrists can help minimize the tingling and numbness. Try to remember to flex your fingers and hands throughout the day.
  • Raise your hands – Try to sit with your hands above your head and see if this reduces the swelling in your wrists and hands. This can reduce the amount of pain that you are experiencing.
  • Wear a hand brace – This extra support may be quite helpful if your occupation requires repetitive hand movements. Your doctor will be able to suggest a brace or splint appropriate to your needs. If you work at a computer, try adjusting your workstation so that your wrists are level when you type.

Though these symptoms are likely to resolve on their own after your baby is born, the pain can be unbearable for some women. If you find that the pain is increasingly uncomfortable and beginning to interfere with your daily routine or your ability to sleep, you may want to consult your physician.

It is important to avoid taking any unprescribed medications while pregnant, no matter how much it hurts. Your doctor will be able to suggest a course of action that will not interfere with the healthy development of your baby.

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  1. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly says:

    I feel this on my legs, toes, fingers, hands and arms during the day even at night…not easy because it’s very painful all I can do is shake it off, but I can’t wait until he arrives :)

  2. Avatar of Jolene Jolene says:

    I only get the tingling feeling at night. I usually just wake up and let my numb hand hang over the bed. I am only 25 weeks along and so uncomfortable at night. Only a little while longer I suppose :)

  3. Avatar of kim kim says:

    The main problem i’ve been having is the painful numbness while i’m sleeping. it gets so bad i have to wake up and shake my hands out a few times a night. I found out online that putting the hand that hurts into cold water helps make it feel better, for the most part this works, also, try sleeping on your left side it helps the circulation of blood in your body.

  4. Avatar of Stacey Stacey says:

    I am experiencing this in both hands, but it is worse in my right hand. I have started wearing a brace at night and also had some acupuncture treatments to help.

  5. Avatar of Flo Flo says:

    I haven’t experienced the tingling in my hands or wrists, but I have experienced it in my right leg.

  6. Avatar of gfeld gfeld says:

    Glad to know that it will disappear after the baby!!

  7. Haven’t had this yet, but very useful to know.

  8. Avatar of Tina Tina says:

    I get this every now and then.

  9. Avatar of Dario Dario says:

    Does a hand brace really work?

  10. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    Haven’t experienced this, but it’s good info. Thank you!

  11. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I haven’t experienced any of this.

  12. Avatar of MamaCat MamaCat says:

    Very helpful. I get this at night and I’m not laying on my arms.

  13. Avatar of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    great info. never knew there was such a thing as pregnancy carpal tunnel. never experienced it and hopefully wont, but good to know the info for the future…………………

  14. Avatar of hannah83 hannah83 says:

    Thank you for sharing this new information. Never heard of pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome.

  15. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I’ve never heard of pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome. If I start to feel any pain or numbness in your wrists or any of the other symptoms I’ll have a ideal of what’s going on.

  16. Avatar of Mommy2Be Mommy2Be says:

    I have been going thru this since i found out i was pregnant. It doesnt happen as often as it use to but i also heard keeping your hand cold makes it go away for the moment .

  17. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    Good tips, this only happens to me when I stay on the internet too long.. typing and using the mouse.

  18. I was feeling this the other day. Now it makes some since.

  19. Avatar of marichinno marichinno says:

    I started feeling tingling as early as the 1st trimester.

  20. Avatar of adriana adriana says:

    i felt this today

  21. Avatar of Audrey Audrey says:

    I get the numbness and tingly feelings in my legs and feet, do you think it is similar?

  22. Avatar of Mary Mullard Mary Mullard says:

    i havent felt this so far

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