When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was ecstatic. I continued to exercise, had no morning sickness and honestly felt incredible. The journey to get pregnant had been a long one, and I felt like I could concur anything as long as my baby was finally with me.
Until week 30 came around.
I was going for my morning jog and I literally lost my breath with seething lower back and leg pain. I couldn’t move, it felt like everything was reeling in spasms and pain. This was just the beginning of my pregnancy induced sciatica, and here are some methods I used to help treat it.
Ice and heat
The pain continued to worsen as my pregnancy progressed and baby grew, and the only thing that absolutely took away the pain (for short periods) was direct ice. Being an athlete my whole life, I relied on the tried and true methods of helping an injury; ice on for 15 minutes, off for 15 minutes. I would strap a huge bag of ice on my lower back/buttocks area with a large ace bandage. At night when it was time to relax, I’d use a heating pad or heated rice bag to ease the sciatic pain. Even if they were temporary fixes, they offered a much needed break of constant pain.
A back brace
There was no doubt that I had pregnancy induced sciatica, as I waddled like the typical sufferer, hand on lower back and belly out. Anything to get this babies head off of my nerve helped, and I eventually sought out a back brace. I found this one, and it helped tighten my pelvis and lift the babies head off of my nerve just enough to be bearable.
If you can afford it or your insurance will cover it, a chiropractor can mildly ease your sciatica suffering. Brief 20 minute sessions once or twice a week (performed by a doctor with previous pregnant patient experience) helped ease my suffering a bit, but by no means was a cure.
In the end my pregnancy induced sciatica vanished in the middle of May, the day I gave birth to my daughter. However it did come back with a vengeance with my next child, earlier in my pregnancy and much more painful. Thankfully I knew the cure was just nine months away! Ah, what mothers will DO for their children!