Magazine article Working Mother

Hands-On Pain Relief

Magazine article Working Mother

Hands-On Pain Relief

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If your hands or wrists suddenly ache, consider this: Doctors say carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem among expectant and some new moms. "Water retention during pregnancy can put pressure on the median nerve in the wrist," says Christine Muhleman, president of the American Society of Hand Therapists. "Though most carpal tunnel cases get better on their own after delivery, for some new moms, holding or picking up the baby in a way that puts stress on the thumb or wrist can increase the risk of irritation to the tendons in those areas." To prevent hand and wrist pain before and after pregnancy, follow these tips:

CHECK YOUR POSTURE. Hunching forward during tasks can cause you to hold your hands in an awkward position while typing or writing, stressing nerves and tendons. …

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