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!
Sciatica Stretches are Versatile!
You might be thinking doing sciatica stretches while pregnant sounds like a disaster to happen: can my huge tummy really handle that? Ah, but it can! Although some sciatica stretches are more difficult than others or require you to be in positions that are not ideal during pregnancy, most sciatica stretches are perfectly safe for you, pregnant or not. Even if a sciatica stretch appears to be too difficult or dangerous, it can usually be modified or adjusted to meet your body’s needs, becoming safer to perform while remaining just as effective in reducing your sciatica pain as the original stretch.
Sciatica stretches are also versatile in that they can cater to you. If a particular stretch is not as effective as you’d like the first time around, don’t give up on it. While each stretch generally comes with a recommended amount of stretches to do in one day, you have the freedom to break the rules, reducing or increasing the amount according to how your body feels. Good with only 4? Stop there. Can make it to 6? Go for it. Different bodies have different levels of tolerance. You can push or pull back on the position, as you do not want to over- or under-work the muscles that should stretched during the exercise. Doing so would be counterproductive!
To know what is best for you, you should therefore listen to your body, not necessarily the directions. Don’t strive to follow the rules perfectly. With practice, you will discover how to best relieve your sciatica pain for you. What works for you might not work for the next pregnant woman! Because of the huge range of sciatica pain ranges (in cause, severity, frequency, etc.) and the fact that bodies respond differently to different types, amounts, and intensity of exercises, everyone needs something different from their sciatica stretch. But at least you have the freedom to adjust the exercise to make it right for you!
So Many Choices!
Did you know there are more than a dozen sciatica stretches out there! Such a variety! Not only will this fun fact make it easier for you to find a stretch that works for you and your sciatica pregnancy needs, but you can also switch up which sciatica stretches you do every time you workout. By not having to do the same one every time, you will keep your workout interesting. You may also be more motivated to get out that yoga mat and do some stretches if things are new.
There are sciatica stretches that are better for different stages of your pregnancy:
- stretches done on your hands and knees are better for those suffering from sciatica in early stages of their pregnancy
There are stretches that have different levels of difficulty:
- the easiest: seated stretches, squats, torso twists, and water leg lifts
- for those who want a challenge: hands-and-knees stretches
Want some fun and entertaining sciatica stretches? Those exist too:
Easy and convenient sciatic stretches are also an option:
- try a stretch perfect for the working woman
- don’t want to get out of your chair? thy these stretches done in a chair
Try one, two, or as many as you can. There is no limit!
Sciatica stretches are easy to add to your regular workout schedule or yoga routine–two things you should be keeping up with during your pregnancy to cut back on the sciatica pain anyway. They do not usually require you to get into poses that take an hour to complete or do a million to feel their benefits; they can be done quickly and efficiently! Because sciatica stretches do not usually require too much equipment or other materials to complete, they are also simple enough to do on-the-go, during the workday, or in your spare time (sometimes all you need is a chair!). So whether you are a busy-bee or on the road a lot, there is no excuse why sciatica stretches should not be a part of your life during pregnancy.
In comparison to other treatment options for sciatica during pregnancy, sciatica stretches also offer you a non-invasive approach that is good for you and your pregnancy beyond just relieving your sciatica. Short, frequent workouts during your pregnancy will not only get you into a habit of working out in a healthy way (something you can continue well after the baby is born), but it will also strengthen your spine and muscles (like your heart), relieve stress, get that adrenaline pumping, and do much more for your overall health. Never hurts to get in shape!
Get sciatica stretches into your pregnancy routine! Pronto!