Elbow pain in pregnancy
Can you get elbow pain in pregnancy?
It is not unusual to get aches and pains in and around the joints in your body during pregnancy. Some studies suggest that this is due to a release of a hormone called relaxin that has the role of changing the collagen make-up of the ligaments that ensures that the pelvis can expand to aid in childbirth.
Another common condition during pregnancy is called carpal tunnel syndrome. In severe cases directly this condition which causes pain and paresthesia in your hand can radiate up the arm towards the elbow. Symptoms are normally more bothersome through the night due to fluid and positional changes in the arm. This nerve irritation can normally be treated successfully with activity modification and splints.
After giving birth it is not uncommon to continue to experience elbow pain. When your baby is young you will be doing a lot more lifting and carrying which can irritate the tendons associated with your forearm muscles. You may also be pushing a pram and gripping onto car seats etc. As previously stated this can be something that can cause tennis elbow or golfers elbow.
It may be important to try to adapt and change your activity, for example changing the way you lift your baby, avoiding repetitive movements and using pillows and supports whilst feeding. Another easing factor is to make any objects you need to grip bigger by adding layers to it. You can also buy straps for your elbow to give a sense of support and offload the tendons involved. All these ways give the tendons involved time to rest and recover without being repetitively aggravated.