Pregnancy is a time when women feel special and they try to cherish it as much as possible, because it is the journey to their little one. But pregnancy is not always great - it comes with its difficulties. Most pregnant women experience discomfort during their pregnancy, and the aches and pains are a major part of it. Back pain is a common complaint, and in most cases, women experience sciatica pain, which spreads towards their legs from their lower back. You might experience it too, but just because it’s common, doesn’t mean you have to suffer!
Signs of Sciatica
The difference between normal back pain during pregnancy and sciatic pain is that sciatica starts in your lower back and runs down one or both legs. Your doctor diagnoses sciatica based on how you describe the pain.
What causes sciatica during pregnancy?
Sciatica is a symptom most women have during pregnancy, as a pain in their lower back. What makes sciatica different? Unlike regular back pain, the pain is not just in your back, but also in your legs. This pain is associated with pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs down the legs from your back.
Sciatica symptoms during pregnancy can be caused by muscle tension and unstable joints. It can also be due to the loosening and stretching of muscles in the pelvic area due to hormonal changes.
How can you relieve the pain?
There is no way to prevent the sciatica when you’re pregnant. In fact, There is no single solution to sciatica, but there are things you can do to reduce its symptoms or get pain relief. Here are some things to relieve sciatica during pregnancy:
- The simplest solution is to lie on one side - the side opposite to the painful side. So if you have pain on the left side, you can lie on your right, and so on.
- Avoid standing for long periods and lifting heavy weights to reduce pain. If you have to carry anything too heavy, ask for some help.
- Sciatica pain is often managed by applying heating pads or cold compress, and most women find that this helps bring down the pain. This can be repeated as and when it is necessary. However, watch out to make sure the heating pad does not get too hot.
- Staying active is also important. Practicing low impact exercises like stretches, yoga and swimming helps relieve or delay symptoms.
- It would also be a good idea to consult a physiotherapist if the pain becomes more and more severe with time.
- Pay attention to your posture while sitting and standing, because hunching your back or neck may increase sciatic pain.
- Avoid wearing heels and other uncomfortable footwear. Always wear footwear that is comfortable and supports your feet.
Keep yourself comfortable and put your body first. Don’t suffer more than you have to, try one of these tips and tricks to reduce sciatica pain. Have you tried anything else for your sciatica? What worked for you?
Disclaimer: All the information provided in the blog is for reference purposes only. Please do not consider this as a medical advice. Always consult a doctor if you have any questions related to your health.