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!
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.
Exercise and pregnancy? Not a very smart combination, you might think. It seems like you should cut out any strenuous activity from your life after your see that positive sign on your pregnancy test, as your baby’s safety must now be put first and foremost in all you do. Since exercising is a recipe for disaster, it is the first to go. What if you fall? What if you pull a muscle? What if you hurt the baby? But exercising during pregnancy does not have to be dangerous to you or your baby. Instead it could be used to relieve your pregnancy pain–especially sciatica. By stretching the sciatic nerve while you are sitting down, the torso twist offers you a safe way to get keep that adrenaline pumping and decrease your sciatic nerve pain. Starting an exercise routine with the torso twist as one of your sciatic nerve stretches will help your pregnancy pain stay good and gone!
Seated stretches are perfect for pregnant women dealing with sciatica: they allow you to stretch your sciatic nerve without putting too much stress on your body. Your body is already under enough pressure from being pregnant, your spine especially strained from the baby bump you got up front, so keeping exercise stress to a minimum is the way to go. Gotta be extra careful when there is a baby on board! So go on and take a load off by trying these seated exercises to stretch away your sciatic pain! Sciatic nerve stretches while sitting? Who woulda though it could be that easy?
The chances of you needing surgery for the sciatica you had while you were pregnant is low. In fact, it is rare for anyone with sciatica–no matter the cause–to need sciatica surgery, as it is a last resort. Usually the result of an underlying medical condition if it lingered after birth, the symptoms of sciatica will decrease in intensity and duration once the health issue is identified and treated.
Considering seeing a chiropractor for sciatica during pregnancy?. Chiropractic treatment is built on the belief that the bones, with specific emphasis on the spine, are the central problems in many diseases and medical conditions, hindering nerve function and consequently causing pain. Fixing the spine by realigning it (i.e. bringing it back to its normal, healthy state and place in the body) will therefore lead to greater overall well-being. In the complicated mess of organs, tissues and muscles we call a body, the spine, according to chiropractors, is the key to all of it.
Now you have an even better reason to pamper yourself during your pregnancy and splurge on a massage: its health effects on the musculoskeletal system. Pregnancy may be one of the best times to get that massage you always wanted, as a kneaded lower back does wonders for your muscle and joint tension, consequently helping reduce symptoms of sciatica. So, stop making excuses and schedule an appointment for a prenatal massage for sciatica today!
Would you consider having needles stuck in your skin if it came with the promise of sciatica pain relief? More and more individuals who do not see results in tradition methods of sciatica treatment, like medicine or hot and cold therapy, veer off the Western path and experiment with other cultures’ ancient medicinal practices. In their search for a sciatica-free pregnancy, some have stumbled upon one of the oldest healing procedures in the world: acupuncture. Acupuncture for sciatica during pregnancy may be a valuable part of a holistic treatment approach.
A swig of water can make the pill go down and banish your sciatic pain. But is it that easy? Can you pop a magic pill in your mouth to solve your sciatica pregnancy woes–and do you really want to? Although there is over-the-counter and prescription medicine available to sciatica sufferers, there is a lot to consider when contemplating taking medications, especially because you are pregnancy. Introducing drugs to the body not only exposed you but also the baby to whatever is inside. Before you rush to the store to buy a package of acetaminophens or NSAIDs, both good sciatica medications, consult a doctor to help you decide if it is best method of sciatica relief for you.
When it comes to finding a pregnancy sciatica cure, “cure” is a loaded word. Don’t forget that sciatica is a set of symptoms triggered by an underlying condition–pregnancy, in this case. Because pregnancy is not a health problem to be solved, the medical treatments and alternate therapies available for sciatic nerve pain aim to minimize your discomfort from sciatica, not cure it. Luckily, sciatica caused by your pregnancy usually goes away after the baby arrives, so you will not suffer long; with the cause (i.e. the growing baby ) removed, so is the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Hello, baby! Good-bye, sciatica!