The sciatic nerve runs from the lumbar spine to the feet, the back of the thighs. It allows the movement of the muscles of the legs and is responsible for sensations.
The called sciatica, or sciatica, pain is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve, or by the column pressure on the nerve. It is usually caused by a disk problem.
Sometimes the functioning of the nerve may be affected, what causes leg weakness or tingling sensation. Sciatica can appear along with back pain or not, and the pain can be reflected to the leg.
Who is pregnant has a tendency to feel sciatica?
Contrary to what many people think, there is no scientific evidence that sciatica is caused by conditions specific to pregnancy.
The changes in the body brought on by pregnancy can cause pain in the hips and back pain, but no sciatica.
Sometimes, sciatica can be confused with pelvic pain, that common in pregnancy who wears pocket watches, and very uncomfortable. Sciatica is not caused by the pressure of the baby on the nerve.
If you have sciatica is likely to appear also in other situations. But the possibility is greater in the case of pain in the pelvic region, joints close to the groin or pubic bone.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica can appear in the form of twinges, burning sensation or tingling sensation. She comes and goes and ranges of intensity throughout the day usually affects one side and can be so intense that makes locomotion almost impossible.
The pain can affect the lumbar spine (lower region of the spine), the area behind the thigh or go the butt to the foot. You may also feel tingling or “cuttlefish” in the leg or foot. The pain may be concentrated or affect larger areas.
What is the treatment for sciatic nerve pain?
See your Gynecologist or an orthopedist, that may indicate physical therapy or treatment with acupuncture.
One possibility is to use a brace or support range, which helps hold the belly weight and relieves pressure on the column.
The specialist can also indicate exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles, abdominals and back. Stretching the spine and legs can help relieve pain.
The anti-inflammatory drugs that would alleviate the pain should not be taken during pregnancy. Treatment with medication will have to wait until the baby is born.
In very serious cases, sciatica can require surgery to repair a herniated disc. But this kind of treatment is not done during pregnancy.
Tips to relieve sciatica
• Apply hot compresses or cold in the painful area to ease the pain. For some people, alternating hot and cold compresses brings relief.
• try to keep active, as this will help you recover. Go measuring your level of activity by the discomfort you feel. Listen to your body.
• wear comfortable shoes.
• try not to stand in the same position for a long time, especially sitting or lying on your back.
• pay attention to the signs your body gives and avoid activities that seem to trigger the pain.
• be careful with the position and try to keep the spine erect. Preferably, if you get a lot of time sitting, use a special pillow or a rolled up towel to support your back.
• Use several pillows to accommodate the belly on the bed.
• avoid taking weight. If you have to get something heavy from the floor, bend your knees and keep the spine erect.
Sciatica can disrupt the natural childbirth?
At the time of vaginal delivery, there are more positions given to ease the pain. It’s worth asking for guidance to the physiotherapist or orthopedist. The use of a bath during labour can be beneficial.
Sciatica is going to stop me from taking care of the baby?
After the baby is born, you will have to pay close attention to your posture.
When you are breastfeeding, try to vary the positions by offering the chest.
Use a cushion or pillow to raise the baby until the height of your chest, and be against a firm surface. Keep your feet on the floor or on a stool.
Breastfeeding lying down, with the sore side upwards, can be more comfortable.
Prefer to change the baby on a changing table, and not on the floor or on the bed. To get the baby to a lower location, such as floor, stand or surrounded, bend your knees and try not to twist the spine.
Ask the physical therapist about exercises to improve your fitness, your muscle strength and your flexibility. This type of exercise can prevent the problem of sciatica be perpetuated.
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