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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Sciatica During Pregnancy

Here's the scoop on what causes sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy (you know, that nagging pain in your back -- and maybe even down your leg) and how to deal.

What can I do to prevent sciatica during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent sciatica. It’s just another side effect of pregnancy.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have sciatica?

“I've started having sciatic pain on my left side if I walk around a lot, over the last week or so. Which, as a nurse, I am prone to do, for 12 hours at a time. Usually the last 4 to 6 hours of my shift are awful, with sharp pains down my left leg every time I walk. I ended up staying home on Sunday because it still hurt when I woke up.”

“I had sciatica bad in my first pregnancy. I used good, supportive shoes; good posture; a heating pad; and pain meds. That's about it.”

“My sciatica started at 15 weeks with my first pregnancy -- ouch! This time I've been doing yoga once a week and [it took longer for the pain to start] … I think yoga has helped me correct my posture and stretch more.”

Are there any other resources for sciatica?

American Pregnancy Association

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