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numb hand and fingers on waking - is it pg related?

(17 Posts)
olivo Thu 02-Jul-09 11:30:56

I'm 32 wks pg and for the last couple of weeks, I've had a numb left hand on waking, whether in the morning or during the night. I've never had this before! Is it pg related? should I worry? I rarely sleep on my left side so it's not that it's been squashed, it's normally kind of on top of my bidy. It disappears within a few minutes of waking and doesn't hurt.

Pinkjenny Thu 02-Jul-09 11:33:25

Carpal Tunnel? I had this, I used to have to sleep with my hand hanging off the bed.

<prays that this doesn't happen this time>

olivo Thu 02-Jul-09 11:35:24

carpal tunnel?don't know what that is! should i get myself to google or it that unwise?

Poledra Thu 02-Jul-09 11:38:34

Have you got water retention? My hands used to get very puffy and swollen, and that can press on the nerves causing the numbness.

ash6605 Thu 02-Jul-09 11:44:07

it does sound like carpel tunnel syndrome as i had this when i was pg.its nothing major and will probably go after pregnancy.google it as i cant give you a lot of info about it as it was 6 year ago but i had to wear splints from around 24wks preg

olivo Thu 02-Jul-09 11:49:53

thanks folks. Yes, i do have quite a bit of water retention, especially with this heat. It isnt bothering me particularly, doesnt hurt or anything, just wondered if it's anything I should mention at my next appt.

ash6605 Thu 02-Jul-09 12:00:38

yes i would mention it just incase it does get worse,again it's nothing serious but best to mention.im not sure which causes which but carpel tunnel and water retention are related

olivo Thu 02-Jul-09 12:04:04

thanks, i will do. another one to add to my list of ailments!!

suwoo Thu 02-Jul-09 12:23:14

I'm waking up with this every morning too. I put it down to the fact that I was sleeping funny and hadn't given it any further thought....until I saw your thread grin

jbambie Thu 02-Jul-09 12:26:05

sounds like carpol tunnel, eery pregnant women gets it.Its a natural proccess that prepares your body for child birth.

insertwittynicknameHERE Thu 02-Jul-09 12:32:10

Sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome, it can be quite common in pg because of the amount of extra fluid you have in your body. If it gets really bad you can get splints to help. Hopefully it should ease up for you once you have had your baby.

Botbot Thu 02-Jul-09 12:34:52

I had it too. It disappeared after pregnancy.

suwoo Thu 02-Jul-09 12:38:06

Wow, on my third pregnancy and I never knew that!

Oh, the wonder of mumsnet.

olivo Thu 02-Jul-09 12:38:30

thanks everyone. didnt get it first time around so i guess that's why i panicked.

TigerFeet Thu 02-Jul-09 12:47:14

I've got this too (29+5), it's carpal tunnel syndrome. Be prepared for it to worsen as you approach your due date - just before I had dd I couldn't make a cup of tea for the first half an hour or so of the day because I couldn't grip the kettle handle hard enough [sob]. It passes fairly quickly after the birth iirc. Thankfully I had very little pain, just numbness, pins & needles and lack of grip which would pass as the day went on.

Pinkjenny Thu 02-Jul-09 12:59:37

Mine disappeared after delivery. It got to the point where I couldn't even grip my knife and fork properly. Very annoying, but nothing major in my experience.

jasmeeen Thu 09-Jul-09 20:16:02

As others have said it is carpal tunnel syndrome. I had it with both my previous pregnancies and it has started to appear in my current pregnancy.

It got so bad in my second pregnancy that the midwife sent me to see the physio who gave me splints to wear in bed an night and it made a HUGE difference. So, if it gets really bad please mention it to the midwife so that you can get a referral to the physio and some splints.

In both pregnancies it completely disappeared within a few days of the birth.

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