Got Mommy Thumb???

First of all,  yes, it is real and NOPE its not your hormones so that should make you feel a little bit better. Cant blame those pesky hormones for his one!

How I knew I had it…

I woke up one morning and literally could not move my left thumb without excruciating  pain! I immediately thought, did I hit it? bang it on something? or fall asleep on my hand, since lets be honest with a two month old (at the time) I would sleep anywhere and anytime I could!

Well that day I went to pick up Cupcake and couldnt even lift her..are you kidding me?? Thank God Grandma and Daddy were there or I might have called 911..ok Im exaggerating slightly but you get the picture.

What I did next:

Yup you guessed it, hello Google! Typed in “my thumb hurts after childbirth” and guess what came up? Mommy Thumb! So it does exist ( yes, go run and tell your hubby, significant other or just scream it out loud- I did!)

The medical name is De Quervain Syndrome, an inflammation of the tendons below the thumb down to the wrist.  So what causes this thing??

  • Older new mothers (not EVEN going there!)
  • Heavier children (not going there either!!)
  • Lifting your child, the car seat and all of their stuff AKA being a MOM!

So What Do You Do:

  1. Wear a wrist/thumb brace (ok did that and was still in pain).
  2. Cortisone shot (relief at last but I must warn you the shot hurts like HECK and the pain intensifies for about 2-3 days after the shot but then you get AMAZING relief!!!).  My relief lasted about 3 months and then I slowly felt the pain creep back up so back for round 2 I went!
  3. Surgery- I have been told that if it doesn’t go away surgery is the only option but I don’t want to go there either!

How is my Mommy Thumb Today:

Today I’m pain free, so off to lifting, tossing and playing with Cupcake I go until that pesky pain creeps back up again and then its off to Dr. Mommy Thumb I go ( at least I found another person that will look at yet another picture of my daughter- BONUS!!!).

I hope you never get Mommy Thumb, but if you do know that there is relief to be found OR better yet put your feet up, have a glass of wine and order people around! I should have taken my own advice!

Good Luck!Image

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2 thoughts on “Got Mommy Thumb???

  1. When I read this I interpreted “mommy thumb” in a different. You know amazing, naturally talented gardeners are said to have a “green thumb”…..I honestly saw the post name before I read it & thought…. Wanda is just a born natural at being a mom!!!!!! When we hung out at Worlds that is the impression that I got from you:). So when your thumb hurts think about that definition instead!!!!

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