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
Plus, more from The Bump:
Back Pain During Pregnancy
Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy
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