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What is Pregnancy CARPAL TUNNEL? When does it go away?”

Expectant mothers often experience many of the symptoms of CTS, although there is nothing wrong with their wrists, their median nerve nor their Carpal Tunnel.

So, what is causing the problem? It’s a result of extra fluid in their body from their pregnancy. The good news is that no permanent damage will result. The condition will go away after the body arrives and the mom’s body returns to normal.

Sometimes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) during pregnancy is caused by more than just extra fluid. Doctors cite four reasons for expectant mothers to suffer from wrist pain, palm numbness and tingling fingers.

Pregnant women retain water. That can cause swelling all over the body, including the wrists and the casing of the nerves that feed the hand.

Just from the extra fluid an expectant mother’s body is holding, nerve can become compressed at the neck, at the shoulder, down the arm and, of course, at the Carpal Tunnel.

With the extra weight of the baby, a woman’s body posture changes – just so she can keep her balance. The shoulders roll forward, which causes the front of the neck and the chest muscles to shorten.

When they do, the brachial plexus – the nerves coming from the spine, down the arm and to the wrist – are compressed. The results are the classic symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Pregnancy CTS can also be brought on if the expectant mother has a pre-existing condition, such as tendonitis, making her susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Her chances of developing CTS is heightened if she is a typist, production line worker or does other work calling for repetitive motions and strain injury to her wrists and hands.

The fourth cause of pregnancy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a combination of all of the above. Merely by being pregnant, there’s going to be some fluid retention and a change in posture to compensate for the baby’s weight out in front.

Add that to a pre-disposition to CTS and a job in which they perform repetitive motions, then it all adds up to a “perfect storm” and the onset of CTS symptoms.

Will it just go away? Usually, yes. Only if symptoms persist 6-12 months after the baby’s arrival should the sufferer become concerned – and seek medical remedies.

Good Luck!

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