Is there a reason to worry, when the fingers are starting to feel numb?

Swelling is a fairly common problem during the last stages of pregnancy. Usually the swelling is in the face in the morning and toward the evening, the water is usually in the legs. For some mothers, the swelling and water retention may cause uncomfortable feeling of numbness in the hands. The feeling is usually worst at night and in the morning. The finger joints may feel “arthritic” and like they don’t function. Usually the right hand, and especially the middle fingers of the right hand, is the numbest. The situation usually improves rapidly after the childbirth. The swelling may be reduced somewhat with neck massage and salt restriction.