How to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain Pre and Postnatal

How to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and PostnatalHow to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and Postnatal

You know how there are a bunch of topics pregnancy and postpartum that no one ever talks about? Today I’m going to talk about one of those random but quite ordinary things. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis its also referred to as “mommy thumb” or “baby wrist.”

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is an overuse syndrome common to new mums.

The pain is thought to be brought on through overuse, swelling, and hormonal changes such as ligament laxity or loose ligaments, which are a natural occurrence pre and postpartum. 

The overuse factor comes from holding babies a lot, with your wrist in positions you’re not used to, for example, while breastfeeding or when holding your mobile phone for hours throughout the day and night. 

This type of Wrist Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum seems to be getting more and more common, and it’s very frustrating and painful for the new mum. Which is why I wanted to share my advice and tips

 

Symptoms of DeQuervain’s Tendinopathy?

  • Pain along the thumb side of the wrist, which may extend into the back of the thumb and forearm.
  • Pain with the use of wrist and thumb when pinching, lifting, and twisting.

 

In the video below, I share several tips to help mums reduce and prevent Mommy’s thumb.

There is advice on:-

  • Feeding positions,
  • Lifting and Carrying babies better,
  • Mobile usage,
  • How to Modify Exercises.

 

How to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and PostnatalHow to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and PostnatalUsing the wrist in a flexed (bent position) as the first image is what new mums need to try and avoid.

Changing lifting and feeding positions to alter the wrist position can help reduce and prevent aches and pain. 

Try and relax your wrist more often throughout the day and follow the advice in the video.  

 

 

How to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and PostnatalHow to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and Postnatal

When lifting babies up from the floor or out of car seats and high chairs avoid lifting them under their arms instead try to scoop them up. 

 

This way, all of their body weight is not placed directly on the wrist joint. 

 

 

How to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and PostnatalHow to Prevent and Reduce Wrist Pain through Pregnancy and Postnatal

Exercises you will need to modify include those that have you baring body weight on the wrist. Such as support press-ups and supermans.

These exercises can generally be moderated by resting instead on the forearms and using your sofa. 

Please comment if you have any questions and check out our complete Online Pre and Postnatal exercise programs.