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Pregnancy and Sciatica – What You Should Know

Pregnancy is one of the major reasons that women experience pain in the lower back. This pain is similar to that caused by sciatica. Sciatica is primarily caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve due to any one or more reasons.

Typically, sciatica is the compression of the sciatic nerve roots in the lower spine. A condition known as pseudo sciatica causes similar debilitating pain when the peripheral sections of the sciatic nerve are compressed.

Pregnancy on its own has nothing to do with sciatica and pregnancy leads to true-sciatica only in rare cases. It is the changes that occur in a woman’s body in late term pregnancy that may cause sciatica-like pain. Any of the following can cause this pain.

* The uterus presses against the sciatic nerve.
* Abdominal and lower muscles become tense and put pressure on the nerve.
* Vertebral compression caused by the extra weight of the fetus.
* Postural changes that accompany pregnancy.

Rarely, during a pregnancy a spinal disc may be damaged, which also can lead to sciatica. Sciatica pain mostly occurs in the lower back region, buttocks, legs and feet. Typical sciatic pain can feel like:

* Pins and needles
* A shooting pain
* Pain that extends from lower back to legs along the buttocks.
* Numbness in leg or foot.

Whether it is caused by pregnancy or something else, pseudo sciatica is mostly associated with postural defaults such as:

* Sitting cross legged for long periods.
* Sitting in a chair that does not support the back properly

If sciatica is actually diagnosed during pregnancy, sciatic nerve treatment should only be done under the supervision of a specialist qualified to treat pregnancy related sciatic pain. Painkillers have side effects and should not be taken without consulting your Doctor. Any recklessness in this area could cause harm to the baby.

Sciatica alternative remedies play an important role in treating both typical and pseudo sciatica. Pregnancy is a delicate matter and your primary concern should be of the safety of the child.

Even alternative remedies that are generally safe should be taken under medical supervision. Herbs are normally touted as safe but indiscriminate use of even the safest herb can be harmful. Exercises, yoga or any other therapy should also be undertaken under constant guidance from a therapist.

Swimming and a very gentle stretching exercise program.are two of the safest measures of getting relief from back pain during pregnancy. In addition, avoid getting too tired, learn to relax yourself, always sit straight or try applying a hot or cold pack to the affected area.

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