3 reasons your hands might hurt postpartum

Postpartum Hands Hurt

The aches and pains that women experience during pregnancy and after delivering a child are often too numerous to count. Having hands that hurt postpartum may be part of your abundant list of postpartum symptoms. Hurting hands can be an immense obstacle for the postpartum mother. However, postpartum mothers may be too preoccupied with their baby and forget to take care of themselves. 

This is why it is important to respond to aches and pains like hurting hands. About 13.7% of people experience hand pain, and women are more likely to experience hand pain than men. However, pregnant and postpartum women may be more likely to experience hand pain than other women.

Why women’s hands may hurt after childbirth

Due to the immense stress that babies can put on a woman’s body, many factors may contribute to women’s hands hurting after childbirth. Indeed, about 33.2% of all pregnant women report hand and wrist pain. If you’re one of these women, you may be experiencing: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome — During pregnancy, women produce an excess amount of relaxin hormones. This hormone allows the woman’s pelvis to expand during pregnancy and makes it possible for her body to accommodate the baby. Despite the amazing function of this hormone, it can cause retention of fluid. Consequently, this can cause pressure on not only the pelvis but on other structures such as the nerve in the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the nerve in the wrist is squeezed. This may cause a great deal of pain.
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis — During and after pregnancy, accumulation of fluid and hormonal changes can occur. These symptoms can lead to De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, which is when tendon sheaths in and around the thumb become inflamed. This may cause pain in the thumb and on the thumb side of the wrist. 
  • Overuse of the hands during the postpartum period — This may seem like an obvious cause. Overuse is a great contributor to hands hurting postpartum: Frequently changing diapers; cleaning up; and holding, feeding, and changing the baby can cause excess stress on the hands, which may cause your postpartum hand pain. If not addressed, such overuse can cause other hand, wrist and elbow conditions.  

Find out how SSOR can help treat your hurting postpartum hands

SSOR can help treat your postpartum hand pain. Your hands can receive incredible treatment through our individualized treatment plans by our experienced, licensed physical therapists. Our detail and goal-oriented mindset can help you to restore joy and efficiency in caring for your child while also helping you to take care of yourself.

Contact us today for more information about how we can help your postpartum hand pain or to schedule an initial appointment.