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Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?
24 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Hormone changes
Hormone changes in pregnancy affect the fluid volume in hands & feet and can cause swelling, which can unmask or cause carpal tunnel symptoms.
Interestingly, hormone changes during menopause are also a culprit! i personally experienced carpal tunnel with my pregnancy-- treated with a splint, then injection. Having carpal tunnel during pregnancy may increase your risk of recurrence later in life.

In brief: Hormone changes
Hormone changes in pregnancy affect the fluid volume in hands & feet and can cause swelling, which can unmask or cause carpal tunnel symptoms.
Interestingly, hormone changes during menopause are also a culprit! i personally experienced carpal tunnel with my pregnancy-- treated with a splint, then injection. Having carpal tunnel during pregnancy may increase your risk of recurrence later in life.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Mandakini Patel
pregnancy hormonal changes also make you ligaments lax and stretch more, which can also augment the pain. Agree with Dr. Arnold otherwise
Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Fluid retention
The fluid shifts in pregnancy lead to swelling and compression of the median nerve in the wrist, exacerbating carpal tunnel.
The symptoms often improve dramatically postpartum, but may recur in later life. There are multiple treatment options that can improve your symptoms in the meantime.

In brief: Fluid retention
The fluid shifts in pregnancy lead to swelling and compression of the median nerve in the wrist, exacerbating carpal tunnel.
The symptoms often improve dramatically postpartum, but may recur in later life. There are multiple treatment options that can improve your symptoms in the meantime.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Pinched nerves
Pregnant women start to retain water pretty quick.
The nerves that cause carpal tunnel syndrome travel through a tight tunnel in the wrist. As fluid starts to accumulate in the tunnel, the nerves get pinch leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.

In brief: Pinched nerves
Pregnant women start to retain water pretty quick.
The nerves that cause carpal tunnel syndrome travel through a tight tunnel in the wrist. As fluid starts to accumulate in the tunnel, the nerves get pinch leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Fluid retention
Fluid buildup which is worse at night causes pressure on the median nerve.

In brief: Fluid retention
Fluid buildup which is worse at night causes pressure on the median nerve.
Dr. Gary Pess
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
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!
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Pregnancy
Hormonal changes can cause swelling in all parts of the body.
In the wrist, this swelling can cause compression of the median nerve leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.

In brief: Pregnancy
Hormonal changes can cause swelling in all parts of the body.
In the wrist, this swelling can cause compression of the median nerve leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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