Ok mamas, here’s a random one for you! A few weeks ago I woke up and could barely move my left wrist. I was freaking out because it hurt pretty bad and I didn’t know what was up. After a few days of pain, I was telling my girlfirend about it and she said she had the same thing. She also just had a baby so I started googling.
Apparently mom wrist is a thing, especially for breastfeeding moms. It’s carpel tunnel and it usually goes away as the baby gets older, but for now doesn’t feel great. I am a lefty so tend to hold Amalia on the left side more and she prefers that side when nursing so it’s like a double whammy for my left wrist.
Luckily my husband has dealt with a lot of clients with carpel tunnel so he’s been helping me with it at home. Here’s what I’m doing to help it:
1. Massage my forearm with the opposite elbow. Even though the wrist is what hurts, it’s the muscles in your forearm that are causing the problem. I’ve found this to be the most effective thing.
2. Pay attention to my sleeping position. It gets worse at night because I tuck my hands in while I sleep. I’m trying to be more cognizant of that, and find that it helps too.
3. Switch sides. It’s hard for me to remember to hold the baby on the right side for some reason but I try to switch it up as much as possible now.
4. Use the Boppy. I try to always use the Bobby pillow when breastfeeding now. I was getting lazy about it because we were in a groove, but when I use it, it takes the pressure off of my wrist.
Update: After hearing from a bunch of you, including a few doctors, it sounds like this is actually DeQuervain’s Tendinitis and getting a wrist brace is the best way to go!
Ok moms, have you had mom wrist? And what have you done to help combat it?