How is Sciatic Pain Different in the Third Trimester?

How can third trimester sciatica pain be different than the sciatica pain you can experience during the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy? Let’s investigate what the difference is and the reason behind such a difference!

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

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

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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Do Not Eat Your Sciatica Pain Away!

Step away from the cookie. Don’t ask your husband to go to the supermarket and pick up those pickles. Say no to the greasy hamburger at 2am. Have pregnancy cravings hit you yet? Whether or not odd food cravings during pregnancy are a myth, keep in mind that having another person growing inside you is not a free pass to eat whatever you want. When faced with a buffet of food, don’t go pulling out the pregnancy card! Although it is normal to throw on some weight during your pregnancy (you do have another mouth to feed, for goodness sake!), you should be being more careful about what you put in your mouth (and how much of it) when you are pregnant–for a couple of different reasons. First off, all the food you eat is also the baby’s food, so you want it to be healthy and nutritious (not doughnut after doughnut). Weight gain beyond that which is healthy during pregnancy can also add stress to your already exhausted back (your spine is in charge of supporting your increasingly round tummy!), increasing your odds of sciatic nerve irritation. Since you do not want your pregnancy pounds to be the weight that broke the camel’s back, think about if inhaling that ice cream every night is really worth the risk of sciatica pain. Trust me on this one: put down the cookie, and don’t find out.

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How Common is Sciatica During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time of changes. You are moving your office desk to make space in the baby’s room. Hormones in your body are increasing to prepare you for labor. The support your back normally receives is lessening as ligaments loosen and joints shift. Your center of gravity is shifting forward as your belly grows. You are adding additional weight. You are building a crib and planning a baby shower. Because of all of these bodily and lifestyle changes, many women will experience back pain while pregnant–especially sciatica. So how common is sciatica during pregnancy?

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Relax your Pregnancy Nerves: The Pregnancy Hormone, Relaxin, Causes Sciatica Pain

You may have a lot of questions about pregnancy: What causes morning sickness?  Why do your breasts increase in size? Are you supposed to feel more emotional? Why do you have to make frequent trips to the bathroom? It can be a scary 9 months if you do not know what happens to your body when you are pregnant–especially when these changes could lead to medical conditions that involve sciatica pain. So here’s another you should ask: what does the relaxin and sciatica have in common? Answer: they are both associated with pregnancy.

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Sciatica Surgery as a Last Resort

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.

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Bed Rest for Sciatica – Don’t Let Your Doctor Prescribe it!

For a lot of people, the natural response to pain is to stop moving. But is it true? If you don’t move, it can’t hurt? Not when it comes to sciatic pain during pregnancy. The magical advice, “Stay still!” as a fix-all does not apply when you are trying to relieve the symptoms of sciatica–in fact it is lying still and remaining stationary that aggravates sciatic nerve pain. Bed rest for sciatica is not a great idea!

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What to Expect: Seeing A Chiropractor for Sciatica During Pregnancy

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.

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Prenatal Massage for Sciatica to the Rescue!

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!

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