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Understanding Mommy Wrist: What Every Parent Should Know

Being a parent is a rewarding journey filled with unforgettable moments, but it can also bring unexpected challenges, including physical ones. One common issue that many new moms experience is "Mommy Wrist." This condition, also known as De Quervain's tenosynovitis, can affect new parents, especially moms, as they navigate the physical demands of caring for their little ones.

What is Mommy Wrist?

"Mommy Wrist" refers to a painful condition that affects the tendons in the wrist and thumb. It typically occurs when repetitive motions strain these tendons, leading to inflammation. This can result from activities such as lifting and holding a baby, repetitive diaper changes, or constant feeding sessions. The pain is often felt along the thumb side of the wrist and can extend into the thumb or forearm.

Treatment and Management

If you suspect you have Mommy Wrist, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional such as a pelvic floor physiotherapist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Common approaches may include:

- Rest and Modification: Taking breaks from repetitive movements when possible

- Splinting: Wearing a splint to immobilize the wrist and allow it to rest.

- Physical Therapy: Exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.

- Modification of Activities: Adjusting how you lift or hold your baby.

Preventing Mommy Wrist

Prevention is key to managing Mommy Wrist and reducing its impact on your daily life:

  • Use Proper Ergonomics: Maintain good posture while feeding or holding your baby.

  • Alternate Hands: When possible, switch sides for feeding or carrying.

  • Supportive Gear: Consider carriers such as the TUSHBABY to help offload wrists

  • Exercise: Strengthening exercises for the wrists and forearms can help prevent strain.

While Mommy Wrist can be a challenging part of the parenting journey, understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatment options empowers you to take proactive steps. By prioritizing self-care, seeking physiotherapy when needed, and making adjustments to daily routines, you can effectively manage Mommy Wrist and focus on enjoying precious moments with your little one.

If you're experiencing persistent wrist pain, don't hesitate to reach out! As a pelvic floor physiotherapist in Stittsville / Kanata, this is a common concern I see and treat! Your health and well-being as a parent are essential for both you and your little one.

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