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Coping with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) While Pregnant

Been feeling this during my first trimester but didn’t bother, coz I know it’s all but normal for someone like me who spends most of my time tap-tap-tapping on my laptop, and worst I am pregnant. Here’s an article from WTE:

If you spend your day tap-tap-tapping on a keyboard, you may already be familiar with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) — that well-known worker’s malady that causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the hands due to too much time spent doing repetitive tasks. What you might not know, however, is that more than a quarter of expectant moms develop CTS during pregnancy, whether or not they ever go near a computer, thanks to swollen tissue in the body that presses on nerves (the same swollen tissue that makes it impossible for you to remove your wedding ring, or tell your ankles from your calves).

Okay, that I know already.

Still, some pregnant women find that carpal tunnel takes its greatest toll in the workplace. Trying to work through an attack is not easy, and can be very painful. The good news is that carpal tunnel syndrome is not dangerous and usually subsides after delivery. And luckily, there are a number of remedies you can try until you see the light at the end of the carpal tunnel:

  • Raise your office chair so that  your wrists are straight and your hands are lower than your elbows as you type.
  • Switch to a wrist-friendly ergonomic keyboard.
  • Get mouse and keyboard pads that provide wrist support.
  • Wear a wrist brace while typing.
  • Take frequent breaks from the computer.
  • Use a speakerphone or headset if you’re on the phone a lot.
  • In the evenings, soak your hands in cool water to reduce any swelling.

But these remedies? Gotta try them soon.

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