Friday, June 28, 2013

Mommy Thumb

I've been suffering from an extremely sore right wrist/thumb since the beginning of June. I thought I possibly strained something from carrying Iyla, and bought a wrist brace as a preventative measure.

A few nights ago on a whim I googled "sore wrist from carrying a baby." To my utter surprise, a gazillion articles about "Mommy Thumb"came up (proper name: 'De Quervain’s Tendonitis').
From the article: "De Quervain’s tendonitis is not carpal tunnel syndrome, a pain that is usually centered on theinside of the wrist where nerves and tendons pass through a narrow tunnel-like space. De Quervain’s tendonitis involves just the thumb tendon, which runs through a canal at the base of the thumb at the back of the hand. Specifically, the protective synovium sheath of the tendon becomes inflamed. In most cases, the condition is not serious and can be easily treated. "

This is a legit THING that happens to almost 50% of moms! I was so grateful to read what was actually going on because I quickly realized that I needed a brace for my THUMB, not my wrist. I promptly purchased the correct brace, and am happy to say it is already helping immensely. And it's super sexy:

Just kidding. Here's hoping I am on the road to a quick and less painful recovery!


  1. Yes, I definitely experienced sore wrists from carrying big babies in arms. Hope yours is an easy fix.

  2. I have this too!! In the left wrist! Thank you so much for researching it! It is so sore at night and the mornings and definitely let's up as the day goes on!