Mommy Thumb

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Mommy Thumb

Around the time I was ready to return to work from maternity leave, I told my husband that my thumb hurt at odd times throughout the day. It wasn't when I was holding or nursing our 3-month-old son or when I was giving my 4-year-old a boost onto the jungle gym, but when I was sitting and vegging out in front of the TV at night. He told me to see a doctor (which I didn't do, because moms rarely take care of themselves), but I was convinced it was lingering carpal tunnel syndrome from my pregnancy.

It seems that my husband might have been right (though I will never tell him!). According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, more women are experiencing similar pain and it has been attributed to "an inflammation of tendons below the thumb down to the wrist." The condition is most likely occurring because women are older when we have our first children, our tots are heavier than previous generations, new crib standards place our mattresses closer to the floor, and of course, frequent scrolling on smartphones. It's even been given a name – Mommy Thumb (though doctors tend to call it De Quervain’s tendinitis). While I won't be using steroid injections to cure the pain, at least I know I wasn't imagining it! Have you experienced Mommy Thumb?

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