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Not Sciatica? Pelvic Girdle Pain Affects Pregnant Women

Sciatica or pelvic girdle pain, sciatica or pelvic girdle pain…which one is it? The uncertainty can be absolutely exhausting. All you want to know is what your pregnancy pain means! If doctors have already ruled out sciatica as your pregnant back pain, pelvic girdle pain may still be on the table. Let’s check out the symptoms and causes of PGP.

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Sciatica Pregnancy Pain? Sleep with a Body Pillow

Sciatica keeping you up at night? Tossing and turning to find a comfortable sleeping position can take all night when you are experiencing sciatic nerve pain, and you know how precious that shut eye is when you are pregnant, especially because you won’t be getting much once the baby comes! You can try to find the perfect angle and method of sleeping for you, but it’s important to remedy the situation and remedy it fast! That’s where buying a body pillow comes in. Here me out: although this sleep aid may not entirely vanquish your sciatic nerve pain, it is a quick, efficient solution that should help you keep your eyes closed for the night. Why not try it? Admit it, you’ve always wanted a reason to buy a body pillow anyway. Here’s your chance (don’t worry, I’ll keep your secret)!

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Bring out the Animal in You with These Sciatica Pregnancy Stretches

There may be times during your pregnancy when you feel you’ve lost all of the old you, your wild side now tamed by the responsibilities of pregnancy: the strict diet, the parenting classes, the baby-proofing your home. Make sure yoga does not end up being just another obligation on your pregnancy to-do list by adding these fun spinal stretches to your exercise routine. Don’t the names “cat-cow stretch” and “camel pose” just sound intriguing and a little bit wild? Just what you need! Not only is some fun good for you and the baby, but spinal stretches like these will strengthen and align your spine, warding off many back troubles. By improving your postures, the cat-cow and camel pose will let you be yourself before that sciatica pain. Have fun with them, and let your wild side out!

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The Working Woman’s Sciatica Stretch

Are you too tired from just being pregnant to even think about exercising? Sciatica pregnancy stretches  just sound exhausting!Put stretching back on the agenda with the roll-down stretch: you do it sitting down! It’s about time that a stretch takes into account the limitations but needs of a woman’s pregnant body! As you probably know, it’s not always that easy (or safe) to get into complex positions when you are pregnancy–even if you have sciatica as your motivator! But it has finally arrived: a stretch you can do without ever leaving your chair!

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A Bad Case of Sciatica? Try Squats!

If you want an easy sciatica stretch for pregnancy, look no further than squats! Squats are a super successful way to get your sciatica pain under control. Because they can be performed throughout all trimesters of your pregnancy (as long as proper care and attention is taken in the third), squats are practical for the pregnant woman . No more being barred from exercises because of your big belly! Now isn’t that a relief? Since squats has relieved your anxieties about exercising during pregnancy, let’s move on and check out how squats can give your sciatic pain relief.

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Sciatica Pregnancy Stretches: The Child’s Pose (How Ironic!)

Now, if that name itself doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will. When expecting your newborn baby, you can channel your inner child with this pose: the child’s pose. The child’s pose is a sciatic nerve stretch perfect for pregnant women, because it is simple enough to perform at almost any stage of pregnancy–whether you have a big belly or an enormous one! It is also a relaxation pose, so you will not need to grab the bathroom towels to wipe any sweat dripping down your forehead during this one. A low stakes stretch with optimal results. What more could your pregnant self ask for? Let’s take a look at how this exercise stands out (even though it is done in a sitting position!) from all other sciatica stretches for pregnancy.

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Lumbago and Sciatica: What the Heck is the Difference?

Oh no, is your lower back pain acting up again? During your pregnancy, lower back pain may feel like your new best friend–but not the good kind. Back pain during pregnancy is more like the clingy, lingering friend who just can’t take the hint to leave you alone. What’s even worse is that all backache can feel the same! Trying to figure out the cause of your lower back pain can therefore be an enormous headache. Is it lumbago? Sciatica? How can you tell the difference? Chances are, however, that it is one of those two: lumbago and sciatica are two common diagnoses of pregnant women experiencing lower back pain. But why one and not the other? Let’s find out what differentiates lumbago from sciatica so you backache problems can stop being…well, a pain in the back!

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Pelvic Tilts: Great Sciatic Nerve Stretches During Pregnancy

Your pelvis: you’ve heard of it but aren’t exactly sure what part–or parts–of the body it is referring to. No need to fret! A definition to the rescue! The pelvis is ring of bone near the base of your spine. Shaped like a basin, it is formed by the hip bones: the ones on the front and sides as well as the triangular bone on the back. And there you have it: a picture of your pelvis! Now that you know what area of the body the pelvic tilt works, you know why it helps relieves sciatic nerve pain. During pregnancy your pelvic bones shift to prepare you for labor and your growing tummy puts more pressure on your back. As a result, your lower back muscles may endure strain, which can place pressure on–you guessed it!–your sciatic nerve! So you’ll want to stretch that bad boy (i.e., your lower back) out! Standing and lying down pelvic tilts are sciatic nerve stretches that will do just that and more: as a bonus, this exercise will also help improve your posture, which further ensures that your sciatic pain is kept at bay. Can’t get better than that, now can it?

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Get on All Fours to Do These Advanced Sciatic Nerve Stretches

Hands, fingers, knees and toes! By getting down on all fours, you can work all your body parts to relive your pregnancy sciatic pain! But a word of warning: these sciatic nerve stretches are not for the heavily pregnant. If you are late in your second trimester or in your third trimester, count these out. Carrying twins, triplets or more? Draw the line on these stretches even earlier. You need to remember that you will be getting bigger sooner! You want to be comfortable on your hands and knees to avoid falling or hurting yourself. Camel backing and the backward stretch are both advanced movements that are better and easier to do earlier in your pregnancy. Don’t want that big belly getting in the way!

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Sciatic Nerve Stretches: Stretch Away Pregnancy Pain with Knee Pulls

Sciatic nerve stretches are becoming a more and more popular way of relieving sciatica symptoms while pregnant! Looking for a good sciatic nerve stretch to reduce your sciatica pain during your pregnancy (even when you are on bed rest)? Look no further! Knee pulls, a variation of a knee exercise from the Stanford Prevention Research Center, are an easy way to do something about that lower back, buttocks, thigh, and even leg pain you might be experiencing while carrying your baby. Because knee pulls are done lying down, they come with another big benefit:

  • You can exercise in bed (which is especially good for those on bed rest)!

Of course, lying on the floor on a floor mat might be the better option, as the hard surface will provide you with a sturdier ground. But for those of you on bed rest who have sciatica, there is a way to relive your symptoms through exercise.

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