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!
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.
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?