Post Natal Wrist Pain

I have heard about friends getting wrist pain after they have had their baby ~ why does this happen?

Most new Mums don't think about how they pick up their baby, but starting to do this over and over again can cause soreness of the tendons around the wrist. Often we pick up babies with our thumbs pointing upwards which places most of the strain on the tendons of the thumb and the side of the wrist. Try to vary this, placing your palm upwards. This technique will use the forearm muscles more and protect the other tendons. Varying the way you pick up your baby can take strain off your wrists and reduce the development of pain.

What do I do if I have wrist pain after I have had my baby?

• Sometimes wrist splints can help. Seek professional advice on what is the best for you. 

  • Use ice on the affected area.

First cover your skin with some oil or a flannel, then place an ice pack over the sore area. This can be left on for 10 to 15 minutes and can be repeated every 3 to 4 hours. Do not place ice directly on your skin as this can cause an ice burn. 

• Seek professional advice from your doctor or physiotherapist.

If the above tips do not help, seek advice as soon as possible. If you notice your pain becoming more frequent or getting worse, seek advice first, rather than trying any of the above tips. Other treatment is available and a health professional can assess your problem and provide you with the best advice and treatment.

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