Post # 1
So, hopefully this will be my last aches and pains post for awhile!
I am 18 weeks along and have begun experiencing sciatic nerve pain in one leg (or at least what I think is sciatica.) It hurts down my left leg from my behind to my foot. (Down the back of my leg.) Yesterday it didn’t bother me at all, the day before it drove me crazy, which leads me to think that it has something to do with the way that baby is positioned.
Have any other ladies experienced this? What can I do for relief?
Post # 3
Unfortunately there is not a whole lot you can do.
A massage normally works best for me, but it only provides temporary relief. There are some stretches you can do that can relieve some of the pressure.
Post # 4
can you take fish oil? it really helps with imflamtion. i have struggled with sciatica for a while & that helped me a lot. along with some major yoga & pilates…that will help so much. try sleeping with a pillow under your hips or knees as well.
Post # 5
DOWNWARD DOG!!!!! This yoga pose helped me so much throughout my entire pregnancy. It was the only thing that would work when I had intense low back pain that went into my butt.
Post # 6
I didn’t think we were supposed to do the downward dog in pregnancy.
I have suffered sciatica for many years ever since I hurt my back (5+ years ago). Now in pregnancy I have it on both sides!!!
Do a gentle Warrior 1. It is the only thing that helps me! Also try a warm hot water bottle and layin with a pillow between your legs (on the opposite side of the pain.) My sciatica is higher- it is lower back and hip pain, but it is possible what you are describing is sciatica- I just always thought it was more in the hips. Surely ask your OB next time you see her/ him.
Post # 7
Yoga, stretching but mostly you should see a chiropractor. I had a lot of pain with my hips toward the end of my pregnancy and it helped a ton!
Post # 9
I have it too. I found sleeping with a body pillow helps. My doc said to use ice to help with inlfamation.
Post # 10
@cbee: Yes you can do downward dog as long as you don’t hold it for too long because the blood rush to the head can cause you to be dizzy. It is included in all 3 pregnancy yoga dvd’s I have. If you just google it they say just don’t hold it for too long but of course get everything approved by a doc first.
Post # 11
YES! I get this all the time. I tell my doctor about it every time that I go and she just smiles adn nods and says, yeah…….that’ll happen. lol It really stinks!
Post # 12
Chiropractic, stat! I had issues with this for years (former dancer) and a good chiropractor was the only thing that helped. I’ve been sciatica-free this entire pregnancy so far *knock on wood.*