Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


What is this?
This is a feeling of numbness, tingling or pins and needles in the hands. It is sometimes worse at night and first thing in the morning. It is not usually painful, but can be uncomfortable. It can make it difficult to carry out simple tasks like fastening buttons. Extra care should be taken when cooking, or removing hot dishes from the oven, due to the difficulty in ensuring youve got a good grip.

What causes it?
In pregnancy it is caused by fluid retention which creates pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist.

Can it be treated?
Discuss it with your GP or midwife. The problem doesnt usually require treating as it will resolve gradually after the birth. Sometimes you may need to be referred to have splints fitted which can be worn to support your wrists at night. Sometimes acupuncture or osteopathy can help to disperse the fluid, but always choose a practitioner experienced in dealing with pregnancy related problems.