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Is this happening to anyone else? I am almost 30 weeks and my hands are killing me and my arms are constantly falling asleep. Its usually at night I wake many times to my arms being asleep and I have to stretch them out straight to get the feeling back. My hands are hurting really bad too and also falling asleep. Is ths carpel tunnel syndrome? Please help this is driving me crazy. Even putting mascara on in the am makes my hands totally numb. Is this pregnancy related?
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That happened to me, it was my circulation going bad.


When I started walking and getting some excersize it got a LOT better.

Do you have an excersize routine??
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It totally sounds like carpel tunnel syndrome to me. I had this when I was preg w/ DD, and I got some relief from simple stretching exercises and from massage. Perhaps you could google "carpel tunnel" and see if you can find links to exercises that might help.
With this preg. (19w), I'm having numbness all down my left leg and all up my left arm (shoulder to finger tips). It's driving me crazy! Has anyone else experienced numbness, one-sided, like this?
I assumed it was just reg pregnancy related stuff, but my OB is sending me to a neurologist. Yikes! Perhaps I'll glean some useful info there that I can share. I'll let you know.
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No, I dont really have an exercise routine. Frankly I am just too tired. lol Lately its all I can do to get through the day still standing.

I am going to try and find some of the stretches to see if that helps. My MW meant to give me some hand splints last time I was in but she forgot. Perhaps I need to go back and pick some up. I have heard that helps alot.

Thanks!
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That happened to me when I was pg with dd. It got SO much better after delivery and so far nothing this pg... and I'm 29 weeks so maybe I'm avoiding it this time around?? I can hope
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Yea, last pregnancy it was my right thigh that was numb but it was not like this. This is a tingling numbness just like when your foot goes to sleep. Ahhhhh, and the pain in my poor hands sometimes just makes me want to scream. I do expect that is will go away but I cannot imagine another 10 weeks of this. lol
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Sandy,
Check out these sites for easy stretches and simple exercises you can do to help alleviate the pain:

http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yogaindex.html

http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/rsi.html

http://www.ctsplace.com/exercise.php

from Dr. Sears (http://www.askdrsears.com/html/1/t010600.asp#T010604)
NUMBNESS AND TINGLING IN YOUR HANDS
Another occupational side effect of pregnancy is numbness or tingling in the hands. This pins-and-needles or burning sensation usually involves the thumb, first two fingers, and half of the ring finger, and may be accompanied by pain in the wrist that can shoot all the way up to the shoulder. Sometimes you may feel soreness when you press the inner surface of your wrist. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by excess fluid that collects around the narrow carpal tunnel beneath the wrist. The nerves pass through this tunnel on the way to your hand, and pressure from the fluid makes them numb or tingly. Carpal tunnel symptoms are likely to occur during the night, after a daylong accumulation of fluid in the wrists, or when you wake up in the morning, especially if you sleep with your arm under your head.

Tips to Ease Carpal Tunnel Discomfort

To ease carpal tunnel discomfort, try the following tips:
Rest your hands more during the day.
Avoid activities that aggravate the tingling, such as turning your wrist to pour, or anything that involves repetitive wrist movements.
If you work on a computer, type with your wrists in the neutral position, flexed slightly down, rather than with your wrists curved up. Use a wrist rest to help you maintain this position.
At night elevate the affected hand or hands on a pillow.
Wear a plastic splint at night to immobilize your wrist in a neutral position. Look for these in the drug store. If needed, your doctor can prescribe a splint that is custom-fitted to your wrist.
If the pain is particularly aggravating and persistent, a specialist can immediately relieve the discomfort with periodic cortisone injections, which are safe during pregnancy.


Hope something here helps you out!
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Carpal tunnel is really common in pregnant women - the added blood volume and weight gain put pressure on the nerves. It will go away after the birth. I'd suggest those exercises that Karin posted above.
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Yup, I'm willing to bet it's carpal tunnel. I had it my last pregnancy, and I'm starting to feel a bit of pain at night so I think it's on it's way back in with this pregnancy.

The carpal tunnel is a little tunnel of tendons through which a bunch of nerves run up into your hand. When the relaxin makes those tendons soft, and water retention starts putting pressure on them, OUCH!

One big thing that helped me was to wear wrist braces at night. Not tight ones like you'd use during the day, just something to keep your wrists from dangling in any position other than straight. You can get some scary devices with a metal plate that runs from your wrist up to the center of your palm at big drugstores. That kind worked best. A mild herbal diuretic like chamomile might help a bit, as would other things that help keep water retention down - resting on your left side to help your kidneys pump merrily along, etc. Avoid doing things that hurt - if your keyboard seems to aggrivate it, either cut down on computer time or buy a "natural" or ergonomic keyboard.

I had mild carpal tunnel from computer work when I was a programmer, and found exercises to work *really* well - by the end of my programming career, I didn't feel any pain at all. However, this kind of carpal tunnel comes on so fast that they didn't seem to help last time. I should really talk to a chiropractor this time around - maybe he'd be able to help with my pelvic pain, too.
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