Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – finger pain and numbness in pregnancy.
If you have tingling, numb and painful hands during pregnancy, it’s likely to be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can happen in in pregnancy, an uncomfortable, but it’s not usually a serious condition, bought on by changes of hormones during pregnancy. It happens when there is a build-up of fluid (oedema) in the tissues in your wrist. This swelling squeezes a nerve, called the median nerve, that runs down to your hand and fingers, causing tingling and numbness. You may also find your grip is weaker and it’s harder to move your fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome usually happens in your second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be worse in your dominant hand and in the first and middle fingers, though it may affect your whole hand. It can be particularly painful when you wake up in the morning, because your hands have been curled up at night. (a splint at night can help this).
If you gain extra weight in pregnancy you’re more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This may happen if;
you are expecting more than one baby
you were overweight before you became pregnant
your breasts get a lot bigger during pregnancy
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the many conditions that appear in pregnancy that Traditional Five Element Acupuncture can help, in my practice I have relieved many patients suffering with this during their pregnancy. As always with Traditional Five Element Acupuncture we treat the Body, Mind and Spirit as a whole so you may come complaining of carpal tunnel syndrome and leave with relief from this and generally feeling well in yourself.
When having treatment during pregnancy always make sure you see a trained traditional acupuncturist as some acupuncture points need to be avoided in certain stages of pregnancy.
To find a trained traditional acupuncturist in your area go to ;- https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/
or contact Hannah on ;- https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/