Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel – Finding Natural Relief

Carpal Tunnel is no fun at all. Lying in bed with your hands up in the air to help ease the pain, being unable to use the wrist joints to do shopping or pick up a toddler, cooking dinner etc. It’s pretty awful. I was told that it’ll go away with birth but screw that, I wasn’t waiting months for it to heal!

I learned that carpal tunnel is basically an inflammatory issue. So I tackled it from an anti inflammatory diet angle, taking out the stuff that could cause inflammation and adding in the things that could help.

Here’s what worked for me:

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Red Krill Oil or AstaZan supplements.
Available from health food shops.
I took 3x of these little supplements a day, gradually decreasing down to just one a day until the pain healed.
It has proven to be beneficial to carpal tunnel because of it’s anti inflammatory properties.

Inflammatory Foods
Foods which can cause inflammation in the body are gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar.
My pregnancy cravings were for gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar. So guess what I had been eating far too much of! No wonder it came back to kick me on the butt. Obviously, out went the inflammatory foods. I noticed a difference in a few days.
In my second trimester, I did eat a little dairy although I went back off it for the third trimester and also now that I am breastfeeding. I found that when I ate too much dairy or gluten, my carpal tunnel would come back. Cheese and vegemite toast and pizza, the call to eat these foods has never been so strong! So obviously it came and went with my dietary choices.

There are also wrist supports which can help you to get through the day/night.

If your pregnancy carpal tunnel is causing you grief, make sure your lead maternity carer points you in the right direction to get help.

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Reclaiming my body – the journey

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I always say the best thing a pregnant lady can do is avoid putting on too much weight because the weight she gains is the weight she’ll have to lose.
I didn’t listen to my own advice at all… I ate dairy, sugar and wheat (which don’t agree with me) and I got pelvic dysfunction which meant bed rest for two months. I did a little yoga… sometimes…
On the left is a photo taken in October 2014 and the right is  a photo taken today, it’s  October 2015.
I was 9 months post partum in the picture on the right. In my current picture I am 38 weeks pregnant. I have gone from 60kg to 83kg during pregnancy, a huge weight gain well outside of the recommendation of 13-16kg.
With my second pregnancy,  I did get strech marks but ah well, I’m a Mum of two now. They’ll fade and high waisted bikinis are cute.
So, let’s shift the focus to health.
GOAL – Get back to my pre baby size because I have a wedding dress to fit back into!
I have recruited three people to do my bootcamp alongside me as I reclaim my body.
I will be documenting this journey on my blog 🙂