5 Ways To Relieve Lower Back And Leg Pain(Sciatica) During Pregnancy

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments by

Sounds like your baby’s getting on your nerves—your sciatic nerve, that is. Towards the middle to the end of your pregnancy, your baby begins to settle into the proper position for birth (a big positive ). In doing that, however, his or her head — and the weight of your ever-enlarging uterus — may settle on the sciatic nerve in the lower part of your spine (a big negative).  Such so-called sciatica can result in sharp, shooting pain, tingling, or numbness that sarts in your buttocks or lower back and radiates down the back of either of your legs. Sciatica can be quite intense at times, and though it may pass if your baby shifts positions, it can also linger until you’ve delivered—and sometimes linger for a little while postpartum.

How can yo get baby off your nerves and relieve the pain of sciatica?
1. Take a seat. Getting off your feet can ease some of the leg and lower back pain associated with sciatica. Lying down can also relieve pressure—as long as you find the position that feels best.
2.Warm it up. A warm heating pad applied on the spot where you feel the pain can help ease it, as can a long soak in a warm bath.
3.Work it out. Pelvic tilts or just some stretches can take off some of the pressure.
4.Get in the swim of things. Since swimming and water exercises aren’t weight bearing, they are particularly good choices when you’ve got sciatic pain. Swimming stretches and strengthens the muscles in your back, providing relief for that searing pain.
5.Seek an alternative. CAM therapies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic massage(always with a trained and licensed practitioner), might help relieve your sciatica.
If your pain is particularly bad, ask your practitioner if pain medications would be helpful in this case.

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