Coping With Numbness and Tingling in Pregnancy

The onset of pregnancy can bring with it a wide variety of new symptoms, from nausea and fatigue to weird cravings and backaches. One of the more common yet often misunderstood symptoms is tingly hands and feet. This symptom is actually quite common in pregnant women and can be caused by a number of factors. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes and treatments of tingly hands and feet in pregnant women, as well as tips on how to manage this symptom.
We will start by looking at the most common causes of tingly hands and feet during pregnancy. As the body undergoes the many changes associated with pregnancy, the blood vessels can become constricted, causing a decrease in circulation and nerve sensation in the affected areas. Additionally, the pressure from the baby’s weight on the veins and nerves of the legs and hands can lead to tingling and numbness. Finally, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also contribute to tingly hands and feet.

It’s amazing how the body is able to adapt in order to support the weight of the developing baby as well as to aid in labor preparation. Heart rate and blood flow increase, and soft tissues and bones stretch and move to make room during pregnancy. These modifications can cause a variety of symptoms in the expectant mother’s body, including ligament pain, backaches, and swelling in the hands and feet.

Here are some things you can anticipate, but keep in mind that every woman’s pregnancy is different:

Consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr., if you are having moderate to severe foot pain while pregnant. Brad Toll to help you figure out the best solution. A problem with blood clots may be indicated by any uneven swelling in the legs or feet, so pay close attention to these areas. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505 to schedule an appointment; it serves the communities of Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, Maryland.

Symptoms Of Numbness During Pregnancy

You may also experience other symptoms in addition to numbness in your fingers, hands, legs, and feet, such as:

  • Tickling, burning, itching, and crawling sensation under the skin
  • Radiating pain
  • Confusion
  • Paralysis
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Rash
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control (2)
  • These symptoms may keep you awake at night. They typically manifest along with weight gain and water retention toward the middle or end of your pregnancy.

    Is there anything I can do to ease it?

    You might find some relief by moving around, clenching and unclenching your hands and feet, and you can also take a paracetamol. Oh, and keep your clothing loose, especially around your wrists and ankles.

    Tingly Hands And Feet Pregnancy


    Can pregnancy cause tingling in hands and feet?

    As your uterus grows, it may press on the nerves in your legs. This may cause some numbness and tingling (feeling of pins and needles) in your legs and toes. This is normal and will go away after you give birth (it may take a few weeks to months). You may also have numbness or tingling in your fingers and hands.

    Can preeclampsia cause tingling in hands?

    Risk Factors for Preeclampsia

    Swelling or puffiness in your fingers, feet, face or eyelids. Numbness in your hands or feet. Severe headaches or pain in your abdomen. Severe shortness of breath.

    Is it normal to have tingly hands during pregnancy?

    Tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands are common during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. These problems are usually caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, and they usually go away after pregnancy.

    What does it mean when your feet are tingling while pregnant?

    Pins-and-Needles/Tingling – When there is increased swelling, your nerves might become compressed, and blood flow might be constricted. These can cause you to have a tingling or pins-and-needles sensation. This can be felt more if you’ve been standing all day or if your feet start to swell while you are exercising.

    I’m pregnant, and my hands swell, feel numb, and hurt at night. What can I do?

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