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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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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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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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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:

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  • 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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Do the Twist! Add the Torso Twist to Your Sciatic Nerve Stretches

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!

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Have A Seat! Sciatic Nerve Stretches While Sitting

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?

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Sciatica: Disease, Medical Condition, or Something Else?

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?

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The answer: sciatica is something  else entirely.

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