I hope this is helpful!
I've had a nasty flare up of carpal tunnel and it is wicked. I've been trying to rest my hands as much as possible and not strain them, but things like picking up my 22 pound baby hinder that plan. Even the slightest movements make it worse, I know most people probably don't care for the details, but it's hard to find much info online about pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. Everything I read doesn't sound nearly as bad as what I have, maybe some one else is searching for info and case is similar to mine.
This is my forth pregnancy of having it, each time it gets worse and more severe. The first and second time I had it, I managed it fine. It was a nuisance but nothing I couldn't ignore. This time around, my wrist hurt terrible and the pain shoots up my arms into my shoulders, then I become very tense in my upper back and neck. Sleeping on my sides isn't an option because it cuts off the circulation and makes things much worse. Right now I'm sleeping on my back which isn't normal for me or recommended during pregnancy, but it's all I can do.
Icing them has helped tremendously and I really should do it more often. Heat feels good in the moment but soon after, they hurt worse. Right now it is in both of my hands, I'm hoping it will subside some, it came and went periodically in my last pregnancy, but I think that may have been because I didn't have a baby to lift and carry then.
Things that require lifting my hands over my head, like getting into cabinets, decorating a Christmas tree and things like turning the lid to the peanut butter jar, transferring laundry from the washer to the dryer or talking on the phone hurt and make it worse.
Taking Motrin would probably help me out greatly, but only Tylenol is allowed during pregnancy. Tylenol has never had much effect on my ailments even when I'm not pregnant.
I wear hand braces while I sleep and often during the day but for the most part I don't see that they help. If anyone has any secrets I'd love to hear them, but I have yet to meet many people who understand what I'm talking about when I say I'm having severe carpal tunnel.
I'm hoping to get them well soon, until then I've been asking the kids to lift and pick up as much as I can, which sounds better than it is. Holding a heavy camera is also on the do-not-push-it-list but here are a few of the recent pictures of Brady. He turns one on Tuesday!!