Swollen fingers and wrist pain

Oana - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )





Starting from my 7th month of pregnancy my fingers got swollen to the point I had to take off my wedding ring. Also, my wrists hurt, especially when I was sleeping - hence not moving them a lot. It's been 5 months since I gave birth and I still can't put on my wedding ring and my wrists still hurt. My GP said it's quite normal and that I can't take anything for it and that it would go away once I stop breastfeeding.

Has anyone been through the same? Any advice?

UPDATE: How about the swollen fingers? Has anyone else got the same? I just realised it's my feet as well, I was trying on my work shoes... not looking good :(

Thank you.



Crystal - posted on 07/25/2009




i had the same problem with my both my wrists. i could hardly lift anything more than a lb. my Dr. thought it was corpal tunnel and that it would go away after delivery. but it didn't go away till 6 months after. the only other advice she had for me was to get them x rayed and see if there was any previous damage from accident. i've never had any injurys before. maybe yours will eventually go away too. good luck

Angela - posted on 07/25/2009




When I was pregnant I developed carpal tunnel in both of my wrists. It's really bad at night and in the morning. My doctor suggested that I go and buy carpal tunnel wrist splints, (they have them at wal-mart) they did help ease the pain. I usually kept them on through the morning because I had it so bad I couldn't even use my hands to even get out of bed most of the time. After my son was born, it went away completely in my left hand and wasn't until he was almost 4 months when it went away in my right hand. ( I breast fed for 6 months)

I know it's such a pain to deal with! There isn't anything to take for it like you said, my doc said the same thing. But maybe the splints will help. I got the ones with the metal splints in them they help keep your palms stay elevated some.

Hope this helps!

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Bugger! They gave that to me for the stitches when I had my girl (not that I took many). Maybe just a wee bit o' panadol then? Also might be worth talking to a trained herbalist to see if there is anything you can apply externally to the area to help while breastfeeding. (or maybe some of that heat cream?) also try wearing one of those tube grips over your wrist - that usually helped ease the discomfort for me. Thats it...Im all outta ideas now so Good Luck :)

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this has been really helpful.
ive had the same niggley pain in my left writst only.
ive mostly just ignored it as its not all the time.
but does get worse at night.

didnt realise carpal tunnel was common in pregnant women.
good to know people have had it and it has healed on its on.

Nikki - posted on 07/25/2009




I had the same problem. I saw a specialist (was sent by my family dr) and ended up having surgery on my right wrist. It was very minor and was able to use it the next day. It took months for it to heal. I had the same problem with my left wrist but chose not to have surgery. It took MANY months but it is better now. (I now wish I had waited to see if the right wrist would get better on it's own!) I also did lots of hand/wrist exercises (I have a close friend that's a physical therapist) Don't stop breastfeeding - it will eventually get better! Good luck!


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I had the same problem - except mine went away (gradually) after giving birth - but then I could really breastfeed for long anyway so that may be why mine went away sooner. I was given the impression that it was linked to increased blood pressure but I havent really looked into it too much.

Jessica - posted on 07/25/2009




try half an ibuprofen! Its pain relief and an anti-inflammatory though u would have to check it with ur dr first cos i don't know if u can take it whilst breastfeeding!

Oana - posted on 07/25/2009




She's on a pillow when breastfeeding, so not a lot of pressure on my hands. I have to say it's not as bad as it used to be though.

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Oh my! That does not sound fun. I actually have heard of being swollen for a while postpartum with joint pain. I would suggest going back to your doctor and express your concern and ask for an explanation of why there is swelling and pain, and ask about further investigation just to make sure it's not related to something else. As well, ask for some solutions that may help reduce swelling and reduce pain. If you do not receive any help, then I suggest seeking another doctor's opinion. Pain and swelling are typically not normal, rather a response to something. It could be just a response to having a baby, but the reasons why that occurs should be explained to you, and a bit of investigation should be done to be sure there is not another reason for your swelling and pain. As well, pain reduction solutions need to be explored. So you are on the right path, just ask for a bit more guidance from your doctor!. In the meantime, keep your affected wrist elevated above the heart often, rest often, and tylenol is safe to take while breastfeeding. I wish you the best and hope your problem resolves quickly!!

Johnny - posted on 07/25/2009




Sounds like carpal tunnel, which is very common in pregnancy. probably the feeding has exacerbated it because of cradling your baby in your arms and supporting your baby's head with your hands. i suspect that if you quit breastfeeding & just propped your baby's bottle all the time it would go away. but i doubt that breastfeeding specifically has anything to do with it. perhaps try lying down & side nursing so you aren't cradling your daughter in your arms.

Rebecca - posted on 07/25/2009




its sound exactly like caral tunnel syndrome. i had it with my first , had to wear splints and keep hand above head hieght there are also some excercises you can do to help. you need to see a physio. it went away straight after my daughter was born but my son is nearly ten months now and i would still get it occasionally. hope this helps"!!!

Sharyn - posted on 07/24/2009




its quite normal? doesnt sound like it to me .... have you sought a second opinion?

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