Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common in pregnancy. Symptoms involve, pain, tingling, and numbness, mostly in your fingers and wrists. The symptoms can be felt in your arms as well.
This syndrome is due to pressure on a nerve in your wrist called the median nerve which runs through a small, tight-fitting tunnel in your wrist. The swelling from your pregnancy will squeeze the nerve in this tunnel area, and you may experience the above mentioned symptoms.
If you work a lot on a keyboard or do a lot of repetitive movements with your hands, you are at a greater chance of developing it. It is more common in your dominant hand.
The first line of treatment is to avoid the offending movement and to use splints to immobilize your fingers and wrists during the night. Cortisone injections in the “tunnel” is safe in pregnancy and can provide temporary relief by reducing swelling in the area.