Anyone who has suffered from sciatica during pregnancy knows it’s unfortunately a common, and painful ailment. Although I suffered with this condition throughout my pregnancy, I was able to manage the pain and give birth to my beautiful, healthy daughter.
Before I was diagnosed with Scatia, I assumed the shooting pain in my lower back was normal during pregnancy. However, during my third trimester, the once sporadic pain became more frequent and often prevented me from doing my everyday activities. Finally I saw my chiropractor who informed me that my pain was caused by scatica; a condition caused by pressure against the scatica nerve that runs down my spine into my upper leg area. Apparently as my baby grew bigger and descended lower into my abdomen, her head began pressing on my Scatia nerve causing me the throbbing back and leg pain. As my doctor explained, the pressure from my growing baby on my sciatica nerve would only increase as my pregnancy progressed, but he assured me that the pain could be managed with a little effort.
Despite my relief to have found the cause of my pain, I was still frustrated knowing I had yet another discomfort to deal with during pregnancy. Since it’s advised that pregnant women steer clear of painkillers, medication was out of the question for me. I opted for a more natural treatment regime that included plenty of rest, massage, and using heat and cold to relieve the pain. I also chose to ditch the flats and wore more comfortable, supportive shoes. Some mommies-to-be struggling with sciatica have also found relief from their symptoms with swimming, yoga, and acupuncture. When the pain was too unbearable, I found relief taking Tylenol which doctors considered safe for pregnant women.
Having sciatica during pregnancy doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying this wonderful experience, and it certainly will not harm your baby. While treatment options can help alleviate some pain and discomfort, taking preventative measures before pregnancy can go a long way in reducing or eliminating symptoms. Maintaining a strong, fit body can help strengthen back muscles which will better support your growing babies’ weight, and alleviate the pressure on your back. Try to practice good posture; sitting up straight will your shoulders back also strengthens back muscles. Eat a healthy, nutritious diet with lots of protein and make sure to drink enough water daily.