Sciatica is very common condition during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back, runs down each leg and into the feet. There are many different causes of sciatica in pregnant women, but the most common are inflammation or pressure on the lower back causing sciatic nerve pain. In pregnant women, the weight of the baby pulls the belly and spine forward, causing your center of balance to be more anterior. This creates a lot of strain on the sciatic nerve, leading to this painful condition called sciatica.
When experiencing sciatica, many women report a feeling of “pins and needles” or “numbness” in one or both legs. Sciatica can also cause weakness in the legs. Shooting pain down the lower back and into one or both legs is another common symptom. Some women report having “restless legs,” especially at night when they are trying to sleep. Sometimes backache is present, but not always. Sciatica is a very uncomfortable condition for anyone, but particularly for a woman who is already withstanding unpleasant physical symptoms of pregnancy.
There are many things that can be done to prevent sciatica during pregnancy. The many treatments available and various methods to decrease the symptoms are closer than most of you think. There are a number of stretches recommended specifically for pregnant women who are suffering from sciatica. There are back braces available to help alleviate some of the pressure and strain on the spine. There are minerals and supplements especially for pregnant women and sciatica. There are specific massage techniques designed to help pregnant women with sciatica. But, one of the best treatments comes directly from a chiropractor. These trained professionals effectively treat sciatica in a safe manner, especially during pregnancy. We at Lake Pointe Chiropractic can teach you everything you need to know to help prevent sciatica and back pain during pregnancy. If you do suffer from sciatica during pregnancy, we have many tricks in our “bag of tricks” to help relieve those awful symptoms of sciatica so you can enjoy your pregnancy!
The great news is, that generally, after the birth of your precious baby, sciatica subsides and the your body returns to its normal pre pregnancy state. This often times can take approximately eight weeks but that time can be greatly reduced when you are under consistent chiropractic care before, during and then after pregnancy. Continued chiropractic treatment is recommended during the postpartum period to assist the woman’s body in healing.
While sciatica is common in pregnant women, and it is a painful condition, it can be treated and managed. For safety reasons, it is important to consult a professional. The first place to start is with your chiropractor. If you don’t have one, don’t fret. Dr. Deb has over 17 years of experience in pregnancy massage and chiropractic care and has a well trained staff to assist her in your care.
Contact us for more information and a free consultation to discuss your pregnancy and healthcare needs.