Tingling Hands During Pregnancy

Tingling in the hands during pregnancy is a very common occurrence. It occurs because of a condition referred to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition occurs due to an increase in water retention with the progress of pregnancy. More retention of water causes the body tissues to swell and the nerve that passes through your wrists gets compressed and this results in a tingling sensation in your hands.

Usually, the tingling sensation is felt in the thumb, index finger, third finger, and upper half of the small finger. You may also experience pain and a burning sensation, especially in your index finger.

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Sometimes, the conditions may be so severe that you may feel numbness in your entire hand, especially when you get up in the morning. Shaking your hands will give you considerable relief from pain and tingling or numbness.

Remedies for Tingling Hands During Pregnancy

Although, tingling in hands during pregnancy is a normal condition, it can be quite bothersome and uncomfortable. There are some things that you can do to obtain relief from this sensation. Let us take a look at some of them.

  • Always try to keep your hands in a neutral position in order to prevent pressure on the median nerves.
  • Do not use wrist bands for controlling the tingling sensation as this may further increase the problem.
  • You should try to avoid performing tasks that involve the repetition of some specific movements of the fingers, such as typing. If the nature of your job makes you do such activities, try doing your work with regular gaps of a few minutes.
  • Perform hand and body exercises regularly so as to prevent the tingling in hands sensation during pregnancy. Flexing your hands and extending your fingers can relieve the pressure on your nerves. Ask your health care provide for guidance regarding the type of exercises you should do.
  • You should not sleep on your back. Instead sleep on your side. Sleeking on your side can help prevent tingling in your hands.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping by using an additional pillow. This will help you in preventing yours arms from getting pressed.
  • Do not lift anything heavy as it may put pressure on your wrist resulting in a compression of the median nerve.

If you experience numbness in your hands too often or weakness in your hand muscles, do not neglect it and consult your doctor. Usually the tingling sensation in your hands disappears on its own after the delivery as the retention of fluid in your body is reduced.

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