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If you're like most new moms, you spend a fair amount of time—OK, a lot of time—picking up and holding your baby. And while this is undoubtedly good for Junior, it may be taking a toll on your body, specifically your wrists. According to Louis W. Catalano III, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Roosevelt Hospital's C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Center in New York, if you've recently given birth and are experiencing wrist pain, particularly when moving your thumbs or lifting your baby, you're most likely suffering from DeQuervain's tendonitis. Here's a look at this common (but uncommon-sounding) condition:
Above all, don't try to live with the pain. "DeQuervain's tendonitis burts like hell," Catalano says, "and it usually doesn't correct itself." —Carole Anderson Lucia