Posted by Alex on 4th June 2014

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome During Pregnancy: Symptoms & Home Remedies

Pregnancy is a wonderful experience in a woman’s life. But there are several problems and bodily changes that crop up with it. One such disorder is carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are having pain and tingling numbness, weakness in your fingers, wrist and hand during the later months of pregnancy, the possibility is that you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Carpal tunnel is a tunnel shaped structure made up of band of tissues and carpal bone of wrist joint. Several tendons and median nerve pass from the forearm to the hand through this tunnel.

Median nerve controls movement and sensation of thumb and fingers. In most women, during later months of pregnancy there is mild to moderate accumulation of fluid in the tissues.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a combined effect of buildup of fluid that puts pressure on the median nerve passing through the tunnel and repetitive forceful movement of fingers and hand. Usually the symptoms of pregnancy related carpal tunnel syndrome go away after delivery, as the fluid level begins to reduce. However, if the pain, weakness and discomfort still persist, your doctor may recommend surgical repair for reducing pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms During Pregnancy

Usually during nighttime the symptoms of carpal tunnel become worse. The pregnant woman finds it difficult to do her daily chores with the symptoms during daytime. The symptoms develop in later part of pregnancy.

  • Pain in hands and finger due to carpal tunnel syndrome can be moderate to severe.
  • CTS can develop in both hands or in one hand. The pain is more in the hand which is more active.
  • There is tingling, burning or numb feeling in thumb, index, middle and ring finger. If the median nerve is severely compressed, the whole hand can become numb.
  • The patient is unable to hold any heavy object. It is because the grip becomes weak.
  • Due to buildup of fluid, the wrist joint can swell.

Home Remedies For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome In Pregnancy

The anguishing pain of carpal tunnel syndrome can keep the pregnant woman awake throughout the night. There are several ways to reduce the pain without any medicines.

  • Wear a hand splint at night. It helps to prevent folding your wrist joint when you are asleep.
  • Avoid activities that may increase the pain and other symptoms.
  • Stretching exercise of hands will help to strengthen the muscles of hands. It may contribute in reducing pain and weakness.
  • Avoid lifting heavy object.

Several other alternative remedies help in alleviating the symptoms.

  • Herbs: Chamomile tea is effective in calming the irritated and inflamed nervous system. Drink one cup of chamomile tea in the morning.
  • Place cabbage leaf over wrist area. Cabbage leaves are effective in absorbing excess of fluid from the tissues. Keep the leaves in refrigerator for a while so that they become cool. Wrap one or two leaves over the wrist for half hour, two times in a day.
  • Massage: Massage gently with coconut oil. Massage with the fingertips of other hand in circular motion. Massage helps to distribute the accumulated fluid and thus reduces compression on median nerve. It also accelerates blood circulation which is essential in reducing inflammation of the carpal tunnel.
  • Acupressure and acupuncture is effective alternative treatment for relief of pain caused due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Besides it does not cause any harm to the pregnant woman.

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