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How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
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In brief: Rest, Ice, Support

Pregnancy hormones cause laxity in our ligaments important for childbirth.
They can also make it easier to experience ligament strains. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive use of wrist and finger for daily activities or work and is more common in pregnancy. Wearing a wrist splint will help as is icing the area regularly. It usually resolves after delivery.

In brief: Rest, Ice, Support

Pregnancy hormones cause laxity in our ligaments important for childbirth.
They can also make it easier to experience ligament strains. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive use of wrist and finger for daily activities or work and is more common in pregnancy. Wearing a wrist splint will help as is icing the area regularly. It usually resolves after delivery.
Dr. Scott Kramer
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Dr. Hill Hastings
Agree that it usually resolves after delivery. Carpal tunnel has not in fact been shown to result from repetitive use in most cases despite what the general public thinks. It has been shown to be related to work in supermarket check out employees, and also meat cutters. There is little evidence that common repetitive activities such as keyboard use causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
A common thread amongst most patients regardless of age, occupation and gender is the position their wrists are kept when they sleep at night. Often, during the third trimester, the expecting woman has been coached to sleep on her side to improve venous return. Unfortunately, this posture typically also results in flexing the wrists. Nightime splints are an invaluable preventative measure
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fluid

The most common reason for cts in pregnancuy is fluid retention, while yo can't take diuretics and other drugs you can watch oout for excessive salt intake, wear splints ( once you have cts .
.Not too tight! ) and even seek out a haand surgeon and with permission of your obgyn get an injection. Make sure your thyroid and blood sugar are getting checkd as well as electrolytes and ca and mg too!

In brief: Fluid

The most common reason for cts in pregnancuy is fluid retention, while yo can't take diuretics and other drugs you can watch oout for excessive salt intake, wear splints ( once you have cts .
.Not too tight! ) and even seek out a haand surgeon and with permission of your obgyn get an injection. Make sure your thyroid and blood sugar are getting checkd as well as electrolytes and ca and mg too!
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Splint

Night splints are critical if you get carpal tunnel symptoms.

In brief: Splint

Night splints are critical if you get carpal tunnel symptoms.
Dr. Gary Pess
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: May not be possible

Cts is very common in pregnancy because of fluid retention, but it often resolves after delivery.
If you are having symptoms of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and long fingers, the use of neutral splints at night will minimize increases in carpal tunnel pressure. If the symptoms are severe, see your doctor.

In brief: May not be possible

Cts is very common in pregnancy because of fluid retention, but it often resolves after delivery.
If you are having symptoms of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and long fingers, the use of neutral splints at night will minimize increases in carpal tunnel pressure. If the symptoms are severe, see your doctor.
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Massage and splints

Have your significant other massage your fingers/hands/wrists every night to help remove excess fluid (start from the fingertips and work up the hand/arm).
Try to keep your salt intake low to avoid extra water retention. Finally, wearing wrists splints at night is very helpful!

In brief: Massage and splints

Have your significant other massage your fingers/hands/wrists every night to help remove excess fluid (start from the fingertips and work up the hand/arm).
Try to keep your salt intake low to avoid extra water retention. Finally, wearing wrists splints at night is very helpful!
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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Water weight

Swelling can lead to symptoms of carpal tunnel, if you can limit salt this may help.
Also a night splint may help and even one during your waking hours may be needed.

In brief: Water weight

Swelling can lead to symptoms of carpal tunnel, if you can limit salt this may help.
Also a night splint may help and even one during your waking hours may be needed.
Dr. Ralph Rosato
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