Numbness and tingling sensation in the hands and
legs is a common complaint during pregnancy. Find more about the causes of
tingling sensations during pregnancy.
The body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy.
When you are in your sixth month, you can experience a plethora of changes that
might overwhelm you, but remember, although it is important that you report
anything new or unusual to your doctor, most of the changes are actually
‘normal’. The numbness and tingling sensation in hands and legs are one of
them. This is also commonly referred as the feeling of pins and needles.
There are two primary points that need to be understood
here. During pregnancy, the blood supply of the body is enhanced and you also
tend to retain more water. This results in slowness in the venous return of the
blood during circulation. As a result the tissues that are surrounding the
nerves gets filled up with the fluid and become edematous. This creates a
certain amount of pressure on the nerves and causes the numbness.
When the nerves around your wrist experience the pressure,
it induces a feeling of numbness in your hands. If you notice more carefully,
the sensation is predominant in the thumb, the first finger and the middle
finger, primarily. In medical terminology, this symptom is known as carpal
tunnel syndrome and many pregnant women in their sixth month are found to
report this symptom. In other cases, this symptom is mostly found in people who
do repetitive jobs using their fingers, like pianists and typists.
Sensation May Not Always be Carpal Tunnel
During pregnancy, you must note and report every single
change that is going on in your body. This helps the doctor to diagnose the
problem and suggest necessary precautions. In some cases, it has also been
observed that this numbness, tingling sensation and feeling of pins and needles
are actually caused by certain nutritional deficiencies.
When pregnant it is very important that you meet the
essential nutritional requirements of your body as your baby
is also partaking the nutrition that you are taking in for its growth and
development. If there is a marked deficiency of magnesium and or iron,
it can result in such tingling sensations in the hands and feet. If the mother
is prone to anemia,
she will automatically experience these symptoms even more at this stage of her
Treatment for Carpal
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually treated through behavioural
management. This means to bring about a change in lifestyle and developing
certain habits. The hands should be allowed to rest quite frequently and avoid
any activity that involves the exertion of the wrists and fingers like
persistent writing, typing, playing with musical keys or even pressing the keys
of video games! But since our current lifestyle may not allow us to do away
with certain activities that can enhance the symptoms, one needs to be careful.
Like, while typing on the keyboard, the wrists must always be kept at a neutral
position and not in an angular one, whether upward or downward. It will ease
out the pressure considerably.
A wrist splint might be advised in certain cases, and it is
advisable to follow the doctor’s advice. Cold compresses can also prove to be
beneficial in some cases, if the tingling sensation is too acute, the doctor
can opt for cortisone injections.
Take care of your diet to avert nutritional deficiencies
that might lead to these symptoms. Nuts like almonds and cashew are rich in
magnesium and so are leafy greens like spinach.
Include peanut butter and halibut in your diet along with some lean red meat
and egg yolks. Go for mineral supplements as suggested b your doctor to meet
the desired nutritional requirements of pregnancy.