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Is Pregnancy to Blame for Your Sciatica?

Pregnancy places a unique strain on a woman’s spine, hips and legs and can cause sciatica. Sciatica that occurs during pregnancy is slightly different in that the radiating pain usually does not reach the calf and the lower leg. Instead, pregnant women with sciatica will feel a radiating pain that extends to the buttocks and to the back of the thighs.

Understanding How Pregnancy Can Cause Your Sciatica

In order to better understand how pregnancy can cause sciatica it is important to recognize the unique transformations that occur during this time of bringing a new life into the world. Just as there are hormonal changes there are also dramatic physiological changes that add stressors to a woman’s lower spine. An expectant mother of average weight can gain between 20 and 35 pounds before the child is delivered. This added weight places a strain on discs that can herniate, pinching a nerve in the lower spine that can cause sciatica. If a disc was beginning to thin or collapse, the added weight may speed this process along resulting in sciatica pain.

As the child develops in the uterus, sciatica pain can be caused by the growing uterus which increases pressure on the sciatic nerves in the pelvic area.

Almost every woman will experience a dramatic change in posture, which will also place stress on your lower lumbar region. Even the process of walking changes for many pregnant women who are unaccustomed to the added weight load. The new stressors on the back can cause inflammation and pinched nerves resulting in sciatica.

Who wants to exercise when they are in their last term? Not many, but a light exercise routine, easy stretching and even simple yoga positions will help reduce sciatica pain. Exercise is widely recognized as an excellent way to boost energy, contributing to an easier labor and delivery and an improved post-partum recovery.

Lower back pain during pregnancy is important to recognize and address because often it can be an indicator of future post-partum back problems. In most cases, sciatica pain disappears within a few weeks of delivery, but if it doesn’t, you should contact a back specialist for assistance.

If you feel that pregnancy is producing sciatica pain in the lower back, reach out to our Basic Spine back specialists. It is hard being pregnant. You don’t need back pain on top of it. Our team can provide a routine of exercises and treatments that can help minimize and relieve lower back pain and sciatica during pregnancy.

Tips for Relieving Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

  • Lie on your side with a pillow placed between your knees and another under yourmidsection.
  • To properly get out of bed, roll on your side with your knees bent up. Move your feetover the edge of the bed and push yourself up sideways with your arms.
  •  To stand from a sitting position, sit on the edge of the chair. Keep your knees slightlyapart. Lean forward until your head is directly over your knees. Keeping your backstraight, push up with your arms. Keep your stomach tucked in as well.

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