Ah, sciatica risk factors! Aren’t those just lovely? Just another thing you wanted to add to your pregnancy worry list! Although sciatica risk factors are almost as unpleasant to talk about as the sciatica itself, it is important that you learn whether your odds of having a sciatica pregnancy are greater than most. Why, oh why would you want to know ahead of time that lower back and buttocks pain is just around the corner of your pregnancy? Ignorance is bliss, is it not? Let me put it this way: if you know that you have a greater chance of experiencing sciatica before that baby is on its way, you may be able to prevent a sciatica nightmare. Stay back, sciatica!
Get your heart pumping! Try adding cardiovascular exercise to your workout schedule before and during your pregnancy. Getting that blood flowing can help you manage your weight and therefore your lower back pain. Because obesity is a big sciatica trigger, getting in shape will relieve some stress on your spine, reducing your chances of experiencing sciatica when your pregnancy pounds further burden those spinal discs of yours (boy is that spine overworked!). The takeaway here? Cardiovascular exercise can help you control your sciatica and weight–two very important, interrelated things to get a handle on when you are pregnant.
What is the main cause of sciatica? Many would venture to say pressure on the sciatic nerve. But wrap your head around this: although pressure is often thought to be the main catalyst of sciatic nerve pain (especially during pregnancy), sciatica may begin way before any kind of pressure is applied to your sciatic nerve. Does that fly in the face of most everything you’ve head? Mind. Blown.
Keeping your joints moving–and moving easily–is important during a sciatica-pregnancy, so you want to make sure you have enough water in your body. Here a few tips to help you drink that recommended 10 cups of liquid.
The average woman should be drinking enough water to fill a standard 50 gallon bathtub approximately four times every year, which averages out to 2.2 liters of liquid daily. Used to lubricate your nose and mouth as well as wash toxins out of your body, H2O is in high demand in the body. Sticking to this 9 cup standard will keep you healthy, your systems running smoothly and effectively. With water accounting for around 60% of your body mass, making it a main chemical component in your body, a lack of water in your system can impair how your body functions and contribute to, instead of ease pain–especially during a sciatica pregnancy. Drink water for sciatica pain relief during pregnancy!
You might have heard through the grapevine that sciatica stretches can help you relive sciatic nerve pain during your pregnancy. Surprise, the gossip has truth behind it! By stretching various muscles and parts of your body, sciatica stretches can give you the sciatica pregnancy relief you’ve been needing. Here’s some of the top reasons why you need to try out these bad boys. If they are not already a part of your pregnancy routine, you’re missing out!
Extension exercises usually have the best effect on your back pain when you perform them lying face down on your stomach. However, during the later stages of pregnancy (when sciatica most often strikes–and strikes the worst) that can be a rather impossible feat! Luckily, there is a way to modify the standard extension exercise so that it better meets the needs of a pregnant woman’s body.
Tired of doing the same old sciatic nerve stretches in your living room or local gym? Consider your local pool for a new exercising environment! Not only are leg lifts easy enough for pregnant women to perform and effective in decreasing your sciatica pain, but they can be jazzed up by doing them in water: the local pool or the swimming pool outside. Taking this nontraditional approach to exercising during your pregnancy will
- help motivate you to exercise
- actually make exercising seem easier (water’s buoyancy makes movement easier while you still get the same amount of workout on your muscles)
- give you more sciatica relief, as working out in water has benefits all its own
There are many reasons for pelvic girdle pain (PGP) to pop up during your pregnancy. Surprisingly, PGP and sciatica have common symptoms, but the causes of pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy are quite different from those that trigger sciatica. During your pregnant months, your body goes through a lot of adjustments–increase of hormones, weight gain, growing belly–that help your body accommodate a baby and all the responsibilities that comes with that (labor!), but these changes can also take a toll on your joints and bones. Find out why your chances of experiencing pelvic girdle pain increase when you are pregnant!
So you thought sciatica was the reason for your pregnancy lower back, buttocks and even leg pain, but it turns out that pelvic girdle pain, abbreviated as PGP, is the culprit of your sleepless nights and aching body. Now you are on a quest to find out just what your diagnosis means and how you can change your lifestyle to alleviate some of that belly soreness! Let’s take a look at some of your options for pelvic girdle pain treatment.