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Pins and Needles


During pregnancy, many women experience pain or numbness in the hands or a tingling in their hands or feet.

Although it may feel like your circulation is cut off, this is usually not the case and it generally doesn't indicate anything serious. Usually a change of position help. If the sensations interfere with your day to day activities, make sure you talk to your doctor about it.

If the numbness and pain is limited to your thumb, index finger and ring finger, you may have carpel tunnel syndrome. The symptoms may also radiate through the hand, wrist, and up your arm. Although this condition is usually associated with repetitive tasks over time, it is also common in pregnancy.

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debbie Nov 12, 2016 03:04:02 PM ET

I am 27 weeks pregnant and I have the pins and neadels in my boddy and cant sleep on my left side. It hurts so bad. And then in my hands and feet too.

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lottielala Feb 20, 2015 08:17:52 AM ET

I keep waking up with it in my feet, and it feels awful. It starts in my toes and then works down to the heel. It feels very horrible. Has anyone else had this?

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Miranda Oct 29, 2011 07:44:49 PM ET

I wake up multiple times a night feeling as if my hands and arms are "asleep". I sleep on my left side and my left hand is the one that is most affected. Im not sure if that means me sleeping on my shoulder is cutting off circulation to my arm, but all I can say is nothing seems to help! I was cutting up chicken the other night and just holding the knife cutting thru the chicken made my hands tingle and hurt. I am iron decicient which may be the problem. Will find out on Wednesday!

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Lisa Jun 22, 2005 02:58:51 PM ET

I am at 20 weeks and it is getting more difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position! My hands throb throughout the night. Pins-and-needles... Ice seems to relieve some of the pain.

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