Every couple of months I know my son is going through a growth spurt because my wrists and thumbs start to ache. What does one have to do with the other, you ask? When suddenly there's more of him to carry around my wrist strength seems to take about a week or so to catch up.
Many women experience carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy and others during the postnatal period. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition wherein swelling in the wrists puts pressure on the nerves and causes pain, discomfort, tingling, and even numbness.
Bending at the wrist can exacerbate the problem but we can't just not pick up our babies for a week until it subsides. So what can you do about it?
In her book, "Lean Mommy", Lisa Druxman suggests first trying to rest your wrists whenever you can if you're feeling any of the symptoms above. When you are using your wrists make sure you are maintaining proper alignment. Take a look at your wrists when you pick up your baby and his/her stuff, push a stroller, or feed your baby. If they are not in a neutral alignment with your forearm then readjust and try to be aware of your alignment throughout your day and make small readjustments whenever necessary.
Some pregnant women find it helpful to wear a wrist brace to alleviate carpal tunnel symptoms during pregnancy. Your obstetrician can advise you regarding that piece of equipment if you think you may need it.