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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Stendahl

"Mom Thumb" Wrist & Hand Pain Postpartum

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

There are many familiar terms for postpartum symptoms, like “mummy tummy” and “sneeze pee”. Have you also heard of “mom thumb?” It’s a term for symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis - pain and inflammation of the tendons that run along the backside of the thumb and across the wrist. The pain tends to be felt during or after picking up or holding baby a lot. That’s because the position and movement of the wrist during repeat lifting of baby can cause strain to this area. This could be due to improper lifting technique, where the wrists/hands are angled downwards as you lift, from excessive motion of the wrists to help lift, or from high demand (an ‘overuse injury’). There are ways that this pain can be treated, and ideally prevented from occurring in the first place...

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