Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy. I need your advice regarding sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy.
Pregnancy makes any sciatic nerve problems you have worse as it does carpal tunnel syndrome.
I don’t have carpal tunnel syndrome.
The extra liters of fluids sloshing around your body lead to extra pressure in the joints, whether your wrists or your ankles, which can put pressure on every nerve.
That doesn’t help me do much about it.
Drink more water and fewer dehydrating drinks like caffeinated soda or coffee so reduce the amount of water retention.
That sounds counter intuitive.
Then there’s the same advice they have for when your feet hurt due to fluid build up; put your feet up.
Do you realize the sciatic nerve is in the back?
It usually takes the form of leg pain caused by the sciatic nerve getting pinched. Laying on your side to avoid putting pressure on it is one alternative.
I don’t think that’s enough.
If the sciatic pain is due to a herniated disk, you have to meet with a doctor regarding your options, because the strain on the back is only going to grow along with the baby.
I’ve never been diagnosed with a herniated disk.
There are some people who use a chiropractor for treatment of sciatica.
It is a little hard for me to fit on the table with this growing load up front.
The same tables with holes on them that let pregnant women get a massage laying flat on their stomach are available to chiropractors; you simply need to find someone who has one of them.
And the skills and expertise to not make things worse.
I’ve heard of acupuncture used as a source of pain relief. And it is one of the safer ones since you can’t take a lot of pain relievers when pregnant.
Safe only if you consider getting needles safe.
We talked about how you can lay down to avoid putting more pressure on the nerve. You may also do it to rest the muscles that may be strained and mistaken for sciatica.
I know what sciatica is; I’ve had flare ups before.
Then you may need to work on building core muscles and flexibility of various joints.
This is exactly the wrong time to work on a strength building routine.
Whether yoga or physical therapy, it could reduce the muscle pain and spasms as well as the muscle relaxants you aren’t supposed to take right now.
There are other injections they can try.
And how much of that isn’t allowed because of the risks when you’re pregnant? And you certainly don’t want to try the surgeries they offer to treat sciatica.
I’m trying to avoid a C-section.
Regular exercise to reduce the strain and pain are recommended, as long as it is the right type.
I’ve already been told not to turn and lift or twist because carrying the baby is workout enough on my lower back.
Though if going for a walk makes the muscle pains stronger and harder and they are already on a rhythm, you may be in labor.
Then I have a short term answer and solution to the pregnancy related sciatica.
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