How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

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When you arrive at your doctor’s appointment to discuss your pregnancy pains, your doctor will go through a series of steps to figure out whether or not you have sciatica. To reach a diagnosis, you doctor may go through all of the following steps or select the ones she finds most pertinent to accessing your problem. Just relax, and take it one step at a time.

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Don’t Always Blame the Baby for Sciatica Pain!

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During your pregnancy, everything may seem like it revolves around your baby–even your aches and pains. For whom are you buying the crib? The baby. Why are you eating healthier? For the baby. Why do you have morning sickness? You are carrying a baby. But sometimes a medical condition you have takes center stage during your pregnancy. Although your baby is also most likely the cause of your sciatica, not all the causes of sciatica are baby-centered–even during pregnancy. So in your search for what causes sciatica pain during pregnancy, do not be so quick to blame your baby. A pre-existing medical condition may be causing your pregnancy pains.

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Baby’s Position Affects Sciatica During Pregnancy

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“Get out of the way!” is a phrase you may want to scream when your baby’s position in your uterus causes you sciatica pain. Just like we toss and turn at night while sleeping to get comfortable, so does your baby. Your baby is able to move around and reposition itself over the course of your pregnancy, trying out different positions–and the different positions your baby takes have different affects on you. Although you may not be able to always tell the positioning of you baby, several positions are more likely to put pressure on your sciatic nerve and cause you sciatica during pregnancy. Let’s take a look.

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A Growing Baby: The Reason for Sciatica during Pregnancy

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Take a deep breath. Oftentimes, the reason for sciatica during pregnancy is your pregnancy–simple as that. Usually, you didn’t do anything wrong; usually, there is nothing wrong with your baby when these symptoms creep up. During pregnancy, there are two main changes in your body that can temporarily put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica symptoms to occur:

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