Pregnancy is normally a joyous time awaiting the arrival of a precious bundle. There are many aspects of carrying a child that are wonderful for expecting mothers, however sciatic pain during pregnancy is not one of them.
It is estimated that as many as 50% of pregnant women experience some sort of back pain during or just after birth. Sciatic pain is thankfully less prevalent, yet can be immensely and unrelentingly painful.
There are several factors that may contribute to sciatica including changes in body shape, size, the developing baby’s weight and the effect of hormones that loosen ligaments and joints in preparation for birth. Such changes can create a mechanical irritation of the sciatic nerve.
True sciatica symptoms present mainly as searing pain that radiates or shoots along the path of the sciatic nerve, from lower back to the foot. Although it can persist in the lower leg, it can also cause leg numbness and tingling as well.
Where possible avoiding medications and opting for conservative, non-invasive treatment is recommended. Myotherapy is a really great way to help relieve sciatic pain and receive advice on ways to address it. If you think you may have some or all of these symptoms book here or call 52007 536