Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a compression of the median nerve. This nerve passes through a passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel, and ends in your hand. It controls the movement and feeling of your thumb and the movement of all your fingers except the little finger.
During pregnancy the body holds more fluid which often causes swelling (oedema) of the hands and feet. Due to this increase in fluid some women experience compression of the nerves of the wrist resulting in CTS. This is a common condition during pregnancy and symptoms can vary from mild to severe in one or both hands. 60% of pregnant women experience CTS symptoms. The good news is that usually symptoms resolve after delivery when fluid retention is resolved. If not, contact your physiotherapist or GP.
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