Try Sciatica Stretches? Here’s Why You Should

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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!

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Extension Exercises for Sciatica Relief

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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.

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Unconventional Sciatic Nerve Stretches: Leg Lifts in Water!

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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

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When the Diagnosis is Pelvic Girdle Pain, Not Sciatica

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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.

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Sciatica Pregnancy Pain? Sleep with a Body Pillow

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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

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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

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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!

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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!)

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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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Pelvic Tilts: Great Sciatic Nerve Stretches During Pregnancy

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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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