It is very common for women to complain about sciatica pain during pregnancy. It is most likely to develop during the second or third trimester, when the baby is comparatively larger and my cause compression on the sciatic nerve, resulting in a shooting pain that starts from the lower back and travels all the way down the leg via the back of the knee. The pain can be experienced in various areas; it can be a shooting pain in the lower back, buttocks or the lower leg region. It may cause discomfort or temporary numbness in the affected region as well. The pain may leave a pregnant woman immobile until the pain subsides.

 

sciatica problems in pregnancy

 

Preventing sciatica during pregnancy-

Unfortunately, as the pain arises due to the baby’s position in the womb, not much can be done until the baby is born. However, there are ways to relieve some pain and reduce the agony comparatively. The first thing a pregnant woman can do to prevent sciatica, is to avoid overeating that may lead to unnecessary weight gain. Excess weight ruins the body’s natural balance and may add to the pain. If you are in good shape and exercise daily, your muscles are toned, making them less rigid and less susceptible to getting sciatica. A stronger body structure provides a better balance to the spinal cord rather than tilting excess weight on one side, which is the primary reason for sciatica pain.

 

Correct posture

If you want to keep sciatica at bay, you must keep your posture straight at all times. Whether you are working on the computer or simply sitting on a chair, you must sit straight, giving special attention to the alignment of your spinal cord. Avoid stooping forward or tilting to one side while standing with a pregnant belly. It is preferable to wear flat footwear with better support during pregnancy and after delivery, and while carrying your baby Wearing high heels would put too much strain on the legs and the back, potentially causing sciatica.

Do not sleep on a mattress that is too soft and cushioned. Sleep on a firm mattress that allows your spine to be in the right alignment. When getting up, do not just sit up straight; roll over to one side to shift the weight of your belly from your spine and then gradually lift yourself up. Any kind of jerky movements could strain the spinal cord and lead to sciatica pain.

 

Exercises to relieve sciatica pain during pregnancy

You can try some exercises that help make you more flexible, thus providing relief from pain. Squats work wonderfully for strengthening and stretching the hip muscles. Be careful to do these exercises slowly and carefully, preferably with the help of a support nearby, as the weight of your belly may make you imbalanced.

 

Exercise 1:

This exercise is called the pelvic tilt stretch also works great for relieving sciatica pain, as well as in preparation for childbirth. Lie down on the floor; bend your knees while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Try to exert pressure on the spine by bringing it closer to the floor. Inhale and relax. Repeat as many times as you want, but stop if you as soon as you get uncomfortable.

 

Exercise 2:

Lie down on the floor. Bend one knee and bring the ankle of the opposite foot near your bent knee. Lift the bent knee and stretch the opposite knee in the away from the ankle still resting. Repeat by switching positions.
Besides these exercises, walking and swimming are also excellent ways to keep the muscles elastic and prevent sciatica pain.

 

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