(Closed) Sciatica?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Unfortunately Sciatica is a totally normal part of pregnancy.  Mine was TERRIBLE from at 8 weeks to 14- but since then, nada (I’m 37.5 now).  Try to avoid laying on your right side, remember to drink LOTS of water and rest when it’s hurting too bad.  I would skip a trip to the hospital and just call your doctors office if you’re worried- but I wouldn’t worry too much,  Some women get it at the beginning of pregnancy, some at the end, and some lucky ones don’t deal with it at all.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mufflerlove:  Unfortunately, if it is sciatica, there isn’t anything a dr. can do.  I have been dealing with this for almost a month now, so severe that I can’t even sit up regularly or walk much.  I started seeing a prenatal chiropractor and you can ice your lower back to help calm the nerve so that it doesn’t get more inflamed.  If you can still move around some, there are some stretches that you can do – mainly cat/cow back arches while on your hands and knees and stuff like that (you can google for other suggestions).  It certainly can never hurt to call your dr. just to keep them informed and it might make you feel better to talk to someone, but I have talked to a few different docs and unfortunately there isn’t really anything medically that they can do. =(  I really hope it doesn’t get worse for you and maybe if you start icing now it won’t! Feel better soon!!! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mrs.JA:  Agreed! I see a chiro who specializes in prenatal care, and my prenatal yoga classes are fantastic. There are many stretches you can do at home to alleviate the pain. They work better for some people than others.

It’s rather miserable, so I hope you find some relief.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@annifer:   I am really hoping I can start yoga in the next few weeks.  I just need to be able to at least sit normally, stand up, bend over first. Meh.  But glad to hear that it is helping you – hopefully it will be the same for me soon!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My sciatica is different, it is just in the back of my hip and back- but I was really suffering and found a few things to help.  Do you know the warrior poses (1 and 2) in yoga?  I do a gentle version of those and they REALLY help.  Also, if all else fails, a hot water bottle really helps.  Consider a chiropractor, just find a really good one!  (One experienced with pregnancy.)

I had to change the way I sat on the edge of and got on and off of- my bed.  If I was in a sitting position off the soft edge of my bed I get sciatica almost instantly!  Also, the bucket seats in our SUV kill me!  So I limit time in the car and when it comes to my bed I actually placed an exercise pad (stiff foam pad) under my pillows (I have to sleep on like 6 pillows!) and when I get up I can’t get into a seated position, I have to like act like my body is a board and swing it around 🙂

Pelvic rocking (similar to what Cady shows below) are helpful as well.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

When I was pregnant, I found that the cat pose worked for me. You can try that.

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