Have many of you experienced this in your pregnancies before?
I started waking in the night with numb, stiff, sore hands (and arms as far up as my elbows) with pins & needles in my fingers a few weeks ago. I mentioned it to my midwife, who's reply was "are your ankles swollen?" i guess she was more concerned about pre-eclampsia(?) (as my hands are swelling just slightly) & checked my bp which was perfect. (I'm seeing her again tomorrow so I think i'll bring it up again and ask about the safety of anti-inflamitry creams as opposed to tablets too).
I have heard a little about it before so I checked it out on the internet & all my symptoms point to this.
Apparently it affects 1 in 3 pregnancies, so its quite common & is ment to resolve itself within a couple of weeks after giving birth.
Stretching your hands, resting them and anti-inflammitries (which I will not take for babys sake)are supposedly the only way to help it and "to avoid the activity that irritates it" but its a bit hard to avoid sleep :-S !
With still another 5 wks till my due date, has anyone experienced it and found a way to help it at all?
Arna & Paije (29/09/04)