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De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis and How New Mums Can Fight Back

 

 

Being a new mum is a whirlwind of joy, snuggles, and…wrist pain? If you’re experiencing a sharp pain at the base of your thumb, especially when picking up your little one, you might be facing a common foe for new mothers: De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (say that ten times fast!).

 

 

What is De Quervain’s?

 

Think of your thumb tendons like superheroes – they help you grip, pinch, and hold your precious cargo. De Quervain’s is when these superhero tendons get a little inflamed and irritated, thanks to repetitive motions like all that baby lifting. This inflammation narrows the space around the tendons, causing pain and swelling.

 

 

Symptoms to Watch Out For:

 

  • Pain at the base of your thumb, especially when gripping or pinching things like bottles or toys.
  • Swelling on the thumb side of your wrist.
  • Difficulty making a fist.
  • A clicking or catching sensation when you move your thumb.

 

Preventing the Pain: Ergonomic Tips for New Mums

 

The good news? There are ways to reduce your risk of developing De Quervain’s, and even some ergonomic lifesavers to make caring for your baby easier on your wrists!

 

  • Support System: Invest in a good quality baby carrier. It distributes the weight of your baby more evenly, taking the strain off your wrists and arms. Look for carriers with wide, padded straps that distribute weight across your shoulders and back.
  • Forearm Power: When picking up your baby, use your forearms for support rather than relying solely on your wrists. Cradle their head with your forearm and scoop them close to your body. This engages your larger muscle groups, reducing strain on your delicate wrists.
  • Two Hands are Better Than One: Don’t be afraid to use both hands! This spreads the weight and reduces stress on your dominant hand. When feeding, use one hand to support your baby’s head and the other to hold the bottle or breast.
  • Wrist Awareness: Be mindful of your wrist position. Avoid bending your wrists too much when holding your baby. Keep your wrists straight or slightly bent backwards for optimal comfort.
  • Strengthen Your Grip: Simple hand strengthening exercises can help build endurance in your forearms and wrists. Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercises, but gentle squeezing motions with a soft ball can improve strength and stability.

 

 

 

Remember: Early intervention is key! If you’re experiencing symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. Treatment options like rest, splinting, and pain medication can help you get back to enjoying those snuggles pain-free.

 

 

Being a new mum is a tough but rewarding job. By taking care of yourself and utilizing these tips, you can tame the De Quervain’s twinge and continue showering your little one with love (and maybe a few less winces).

 

 

Bonus Tip: Listen to Your Body! Newborn babies are demanding, but don’t ignore pain signals from your body. If certain activities aggravate your wrist pain, take a break! Ask your partner or a trusted friend for help, or delegate some tasks for a while. A happy and healthy mama means a happy and healthy baby!