I developed carpal tunnel syndrome when I was pregnant. At least that's when I first noticed it. At the time, I was working at a job where repetitive manual tasks were required. Even since then, even though I don't work at the same job anymore and with subsequent pregnancies, I've had bouts of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The thing with having flare ups when pregnant is you can't take any medications to relieve the swelling and pain. And it can get painful! The simplest tasks like picking up something or holding a spoon to feed the baby can be the worst. It's the slightest angle to the wrist that would seem to bring on the worst pain. While there are pain medications that could have alleviated a lot of the problems, I also have never been one to take too many medications so I didn't take them even after I wasn't pregnant anymore. Instead, I used smart gloves like these for carpal tunnel relief. They look like the kind of gloves you use for bowling. My sister actually thought I got them for that. LOL! Seriously though, these things work because they keep your wrists in the proper position until they heal themselves. You'd think they would be cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear, but they are actually very comfortable. After a while you don't even notice you have them on anymore.