Sciatica pain in pregnancy is so common. Sciatica pain can be caused by spinal and pelvic misalignment that creates an imbalance in the surrounding ligaments and muscles. Then inflammation of the nerve can cause the pregnant mother a great deal of sharp pain and/or numbness. The Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. Sciatica pain starts in your lower back, extends down to your buttocks and from there branches out down the legs towards the feet. It can feel really painful or so numb as though you can’t put any weight on your leg. It’s REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE!
10 Ways to Relieve the Pain
- Apply a hot compress (this can be a warm towel) to the spot where you are feeling the pain.
- Alternate hot compresses with ice packs to the spot where the pain originates for 10 minutes at a time. Wait 10 minutes between heat and ice.
- Take a warm bath in epsom salts. Use approximately 2 lbs. of epsom salts in the bath.
- Do Pelvic tilts/rocking every day. It can prevent sciatic nerve inflammation and will strengthen your muscles.
- Acupuncture and prenatal massage can do wonders for relieving the back pain.
- Chiropractic adjustments from a chiropractor experienced with pregnant patients. Correct pelvic alignment and uterus positioning is crucial for the healthy development of your baby’s spine and nervous system and assists in delivery by helping the baby move into the right birthing position.
- Being in water can relieve the pressure from your spine. Water exercise and simply swimming can be very beneficial in preventing sciatic pain.
- Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time and if you find that standing is unavoidable prop up or rest one leg up at a time.
- Practice this Free 25 minute Prenatal Yoga class:
- Arnica cream can help relieve sciatica pain. It is a homeopathic remedy that increases circulation and reduces inflammation.
The sciatic nerve also becomes inflamed in pregnancy, and swelling as a result of water retention further exacerbates this painful situation. According to What to Expect, sciatica shows up most often in the third trimester, when you’re at your heaviest and most miserable. Most women experience sciatica pains on one side only, but a lucky few might find both legs affected. With sciatica you may have pain in your buttocks and hip that travels to your thigh. It can be a deep, dull pain or a shooting, sharp pain. Sciatic pain can range from mild to severe. It often goes away with treatment or at the end of the pregnancy.
Or Do These 5 Yoga Stretches from Healthline to Relieve the Pain and Discomfort
Sciatic symptoms can also be caused by muscle tension and unstable joints. This is due to an increase in pregnancy hormones like relaxin, which can cause your ligaments, the structures that attach bones to joints, to loosen and stretch, especially in your pelvic area. Click on this link to Healthline.com to see how to do the 5 stretches:http://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/sciatica-pain-stretches#treatments4