Pregnancy introduces a whole new spectrum of discomfort for some ladies, but few ever expected they would need a sciatica pain treatment. Being pregnant is exciting and you should be able to enjoy it to the fullest. If you experience sharp or resounding back pain that does not seem to let up, you might be experiencing sciatica. We can help.
Sciatica causes and symptoms
The name for sciatica stands for the sciatic nerve. This is a very long nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet. It runs through the buttocks, down the back of the legs and through the ankles. When this nerve compresses, it causes a tingling and sharp pain or numbness.
In cases outside of pregnancy, this can be caused by slipped or ruptured discs, arthritis or spinal cord narrowing, but in pregnancy is has different roots. Weight gain is the biggest culprit of sciatic pain during pregnancy. Even if the gain is not significant, it can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve. The enlarging uterus and associated shift of gravity may also put more pressure on this area, causing pain.
Tight butt muscles associated with a change in posture and supporting more weight could also be related. If the sciatic pain shows up later in pregnancy, it could be a result of the baby’s position. Toward the end of the third trimester, the baby's head may rest directly on the sciatic nerve.
Alleviating sciatic pain
Gaining an appropriate amount of pregnancy weight and doing so slowly as well as keeping a healthy BMI by maintaining an active lifestyle may help women avoid sciatic pain. In some cases though, it simply cannot be prevented even with these healthy habits. Yoga, walking and flexibility exercise may help reduce sciatic pain by keeping the butt muscles loose and reducing the tension and pressure near the sciatic nerve.
Pelvic tilts may also help relieve some pain. Since sciatica typically shows up toward the end of the second trimester or during the third trimester, it is important to practice exercise and flexibility techniques from the beginning of pregnancy to prepare ahead of time. A warm compress or heating pad may help reduce symptoms associated with sciatic pain. Changing position may reduce the amount of pressure on the sciatic nerve, leading to some relief.
If the sciatic pain is persistent, pregnant women should pay a visit to a chiropractic office. A chiropractor can pinpoint where the pain originates and perform adjustments safely on the pregnant body that will provide an immediate and long-lasting solution. Prenatal massage may be suggested by some, but a chiropractic adjustment will provide more effective and possibly safer relief.
Visit us for help
Pregnancy should be a time of excitement and relaxation as you prepare for the birth of your child. If the sciatic pain is getting in the way of daily activities and causing persistent discomfort, you should schedule an appointment today to receive a sciatica pain treatment that will allow you to fully enjoy your pregnancy.