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Why do my hands get numb in pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Swelling!

When you double your blood volume in pregnancy, there is a lot of swelling.
Some you see and some you don't. Swelling around the nerves in your wrist and elbow can squeeze the nerves. It is a temporary problem but really frustrating and it can be painful. Splints at night can sometimes help. It will resolved after pregnancy but may take a few weeks.

In brief: Swelling!

When you double your blood volume in pregnancy, there is a lot of swelling.
Some you see and some you don't. Swelling around the nerves in your wrist and elbow can squeeze the nerves. It is a temporary problem but really frustrating and it can be painful. Splints at night can sometimes help. It will resolved after pregnancy but may take a few weeks.
Dr. Megan Bird
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In brief: Carpal tunnel

Most common cause is nerve compression at the wrist due to fluid changes in pregnancy narrowing the carpal tunnel.
. This is annoying and perhaps causing poor grip, but usually fully resolves shortly after labor and delivery.

In brief: Carpal tunnel

Most common cause is nerve compression at the wrist due to fluid changes in pregnancy narrowing the carpal tunnel.
. This is annoying and perhaps causing poor grip, but usually fully resolves shortly after labor and delivery.
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