Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a bony canal formed by the wrist bones on three sides and a ligament that runs across the wrist on the other. During pregnancy, your total body fluid volume increases by almost 50%. This increase in fluid causes swelling in different areas of the body. When this swelling occurs around the carpal tunnel area in the wrist it can put increased pressure on the median nerve that runs right through this area. This can cause, pain, numbness, weakness or difficulty moving your hand or some of your fingers.