Not Sciatica? Pelvic Girdle Pain Affects Pregnant Women

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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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Lumbago and Sciatica: What the Heck is the Difference?

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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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Sciatica: Disease, Medical Condition, or Something Else?

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You walk into your doctor’s appointment, and spill all your symptoms: lower back pain, pain in your buttocks, tingling, numbness  and sometimes even shooting pain down one of your legs. You may not know what to make of all these things you’ve been experiencing , but you are hoping your doctor does.  So when your doctor comes back with the following diagnosis–sciatica–you are faced with more to think about. But before you get  all worried and worked up, you want to deal with the basics: what does the “sciatica” label really mean? Is sciatica a medical condition? A disease? Or something else?

The answer: sciatica is something  else entirely.

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Baby on the Move! A Reason for Third Trimester Sciatic Pain

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You’ve heard all about it (and been dreading it): sciatica during pregnancy. But you are 2/3 of the way through your pregnancy, and you have yet to experience that pain in the lower back, pelvic region and leg that you were warned about! Was all the hype just a great big lie? If you are one of the lucky ones who has made it through the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy sciatica-free, don’t think you got away with it just yet! The third trimester is coming–and so could be the sciatica.

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Tracking Sciatic Pain During Pregnancy: A Trimester Timeline

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Pregnancy brings many joys: the glowing skin, the beautiful body, the happiness of knowing there is life growing inside you. But you already know all that. You’ve read the books, talked to mothers of twins and quadruplets, or experienced it all before yourself–and they’ve all told you about the benefits of motherhood, beginning with the perks of  pregnancy. What you want to hear about is all the glitches and bumps you will encounter as you travel down the path of pregnancy–especially when you are more likely to experience sciatic pain during pregnancy! Well, get your ears ready, because you are about to hear all about them. Here are all the pains of pregnancy–from morning sickness in the early stages to third trimester sciatic pain.

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A List of Activities for Sciatica Symptom Relief

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When experiencing sciatica pain during pregnancy, there are not only activities you want to avoid but also activities you can do and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your pain and give you a more pleasant third trimester. Learn what they are so you can incorporate them into your life and experience sciatica symptom relief.

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Worried about Pregnancy Pain: Symptoms of Severe Sciatica

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Although the odds are against it, it is possible that you will experience severe sciatica during your pregnancy. If this happens, it is probably because a medical condition that existed before you became pregnant is causing your sciatic nerve irritation–not the weight of your baby. The stresses put on your body during pregnancy can bring underlying health problems to the surface, especially ones that affect the spine (and thus trigger sciatic pain). The resulting pain is calling your attention to the fact that there is something more serious is going on in your body.

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Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is Commonly Mistaken for Sciatica

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Many pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy–and it is not always caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. In fact, 3 percent of women who are pregnant will experience pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which is caused by joint problems in the pelvic area region of the body. Muscles and joints are more likely to move unevenly, change positions, or become instable in expectant mothers, causing this joint pain. Because PGP usually occurs during pregnancy–due to the body’s hormones causing the ligaments in the body to relax to prepare the mother for birth–it can also go by another name: pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP). However, due to the similarities between PGP and other medical conditions that involve back pain (e.g. sciatica), many cases of back problems in expectant mothers are misdiagnosed as something else when a more apt abbreviation applies: PGP. Learn the difference between pelvic girdle pain and sciatica to avoid a misdiagnosis.

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Sciatica Symptoms are Worsened by Certain Activities

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Luckily, by engaging in certain activities like swimming and taking a yoga class, pregnant women can relieve their sciatica symptoms.But did you know that when you have sciatica during pregnancy, there are certain activities that will also worsen or trigger your sciatica symptoms? It’s true: some of your daily activities could be fueling, not reducing your sciatica pain. Therefore, if you are experiencing sciatica pain during pregnancy, you will want to avoid or reduce some activities. Read on for a comprehensive list of off-limit activities. Approach them with caution!

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