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This is my fifth pregnancy and the first I have experienced very uncomfortable wrist pain in the mornings. I am used to the achy hips and back but have never experienced this before. I a have a midwife appt. tomorrow. Any suggestions on what might be causing this in the meantime?
 

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Sounds like carpal tunnel. Pretty common during pregnancy.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I had carpal tunnel really bad when I was pg with dd. This time I haven't experienced it, which I'm very happy with. I still work full-time on a computer so I'm not sure why I haven't felt it this time. I do stay much more hydrated this pregnancy so I have no idea if that could be it.
 

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I had carpal tunnel bad with the pregnancy before last. I wore a brace to bed and it helped tremendously.
 

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My guess would be carpal tunnel. You could try wrist splints at night or massage and if it gets really bad physical therapy.
 

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Could also be mommy wrist - I had it during and after my pregnancy with dd. It's also called De Quervain's here's more info<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome</a><br><br>
I finally had the cortizone injection in the wrist and it went away.
 

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I have carpal tunnel pretty bad. It's worst at night. I started wearing wrist braces. They help, but don't fix the problem. My midwife suggested that adding a vitamin B6 supplement along with my prenatal vitamins might help. I just started taking it a few days ago, and I haven't really noticed a difference, yet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could also be mommy wrist - I had it during and after my pregnancy with dd. It's also called De Quervain's here's more info<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome</a><br><br>
I finally had the cortizone injection in the wrist and it went away.</div>
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my dh had this after our first was born. I'll have to tell him it's also called "mommy wrist". He'll love that!
 

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Mine stayed after my pregnancy, too. But I do work with my hands. I find getting my husband to rub my shoulders and middle back, like the muscles between the widest part of my shoulder blade and my spine, helps.<br><br>
And I stretch my arms - when I'm in the car, I reach up and touch the ceiling, and then walk my arm back as far as I can and hold the stretch.
 

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Well, I had my appt. and thought for sure I had Carpal tunnel syndrome but the pain was not located in the right place to be thus. It appears I have what you suggested CCMama, Quervain syndrome, which they don't know the exact cause of because it can have many. Thanks, for all the info on that! I'd never heard of it before. It appears the treatment is basically the same for Quervain syndrome as Carpal tunnel. Ice, wrist splints, are helping immensely with the pain. I was beginning to have trouble gripping things in the morning due to the pain. Thanks for all the input! Does this go away right after pregnancy? Anyone know?
 

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Sorry, but it'll probably get worse after the baby. The movements you make caring for a baby also aggrevate it along with the hormones. Splints, ice, chiropractic, etc.. didn't work for me. My dr gave me a referral to the orthopedist who is the one who injected the spot with cortisone. I haven't had any problems since I got the one injection. I got the injection on only 1 wrist - the other one did get better after the delivery. At least you have the info now, I didn't know what it was and suffered way too long without asking for help. The day I almost dropped dd when I tried to lift her was what scared me into asking for help.<br><br>
Good Luck.
 

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will it go away after pregnancy? only with lots of rest now, depending on how much time you have left. The movements of taking care of the baby were what brought on DeQuervain's for my dh (mostly holding her in the crook of his arm and laying her down slowly).<br><br>
Eventually, he chose to try having his wrist in a cast (to prevent movement) and regular doses of ibuprofen to keep swelling under control. I think he was in a cast for about 3 weeks.
 

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I'm at 33 weeks now and it is only my left wrist that is effected. I can't imagine having both wrists in this condition. I'll keep the splint on and try to heal it up the best I can now and hopefully it will be better by delivery time. I could see how newborn care could really be difficult with this condition, as it affects your grip quite a bit. Can you get the cortizone shot while pregnant? Hopefully I don't have to resort to that yet. Thanks Mamas!
 
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