When you're pregnant, you expect your feet and ankles to swell and your fingers to puff up like lil sausages, but you don't expect the swelling in your wrists and hands to cause a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.
I first discovered this before going to bed at night. My wrists and hands had a dull pain and were even numb and tingly at times. I was alarmed enough to call my doctor. She told me I was experiencing a small and probably temporary case of carpal tunnel syndrome. According to ahealthyme.com:
"Some studies show that as many as one out of four pregnant women complains of the syndrome, usually in the second or third trimester of pregnancy when fluid retention in the arms and hands is more likely to put pressure on the nerve that leads to the hands and fingers."
A friend of mine had it bad enough that she had to treat the condition with an arm splint. I was able to alleviate some of the pain by sleeping with my arms propped up in an elevated position. Luckily for both of us, it went away soon after baby arrived.