How is Carpal Tunnel Treated While Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm 31 weeks pregnancy. My weight and blood pressure are fine.

Of late I have started feeling tingling and numbness in my middle three fingers of my right hand. I was asked to get a neurology opinion in which they have found decreased sensory and motor conduction along the supply of the median nerve.

I'm worried. Can you tell me the treatment for this?

ANSWER

Carpal tunnel is common during pregnancy, and usually resolves afterward. The primary treatment is delivery, so you have about 10-11 weeks to go if this is your first pregnancy. Meanwhile, the usual treatment is a wrist brace, which can help but not necessarily cure the problem.

You can try raising your hand above your heart as much as possible and sometimes that helps.

This, too, shall pass! It is definitely an annoyance, but it is not permanently dangerous to you or your baby.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.