Numbness or tingling during pregnancy is a result of various pregnancy related factors such as changing hormone levels, production of pregnancy hormones, strain of carrying a baby and other mental and physical discomforts related to pregnancy. Numbness symptoms during pregnancy make the movements troublesome and make you spend most of your time lying on bed. Read ahead to know the three numbness symptoms:
Numbness in the hands and in the finger experienced during pregnancy can be indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome. In carpal tunnel, the channel through which a major nerve to the hands and fingers runs becomes swollen. This inflamed channel exerts pressure on the nerve and compresses it. Inflammation becomes intense during nights. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel are:
During pregnancy, body produces a hormone called relaxin in order to loosen the ligaments that hold bone joints. The purpose of producing this hormone is to aid in easy expansion of pelvic to deliver the baby. However, some women produce large quantities of relaxin. This reacts with the other parts of the body and makes the joints more flexible than required.
With increased flexibility, joints start collapsing on their places. In addition, the "pregnancy hormone" progesterone makes the nerves more susceptible to pressure. The combination of both leads to the experience of numbness and tingling in the arms, legs, hands and feet. Such numbness is called paresthesia and is over only after childbirth. Symptoms of Paresthesia are:
This pain is experienced in sacroiliac joint, which is a collection of bones (most of which are immobile). Sacroiliac joint is located at the bottom of the spine. As the time of delivery approaches, irritation in the sacroiliac joint is experienced. This causes pain and numbness. However, it is not felt at the base of the spine, but down the legs - one or both. The pain and tingling sensation covers the back of the leg, front of the lower leg and the foot. Symptoms of sacroiliac pain are:
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