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serena22304 06-18-2008 07:46 AM

Sciatic Nerve Pain?
anyone else having sciatic nerve pain? Its excruciating for me this time around. Ive been dealing with it every day, all day long for about a month now. Is there ANYTHING I can do to help? Its there when I wake up in the morning, and there when I go to bed. I have no relief. I can barely walk, and that is very difficult when I have 3 small children to run around after.

I had it my last pregnancy, but it only bothered me a couple times, it always went away after a few minutes.

tusheez 06-18-2008 07:51 AM

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omgoodness i had it too my midwife told me sit in hot tub:thumbsup: , relax as much as possible, get a pregnancy massage mine was so horrible at night:cry: my husband started sleeping with one of my sons so he could get rest hope it gets better

mcbruhn 06-18-2008 07:55 AM

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I've been doing regular moderate exercise (salsa dance on Mondays, workouts on campus through a pregnancy exercise study on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and evening walks the rest of the week) and it seems to really alleviate my aches and pains. My hips have been the major culprit, so lateral movements in exercise have really helped! I also HAVE to totally avoid any positions that have me lying down on my back, because my sciatic nerve totally kills me in that position. When nothing else works, a warm bath seems to help.

My exercise instructors with the study have shown me some specific stretches to combat pregnancy aches and pains (I just started getting crotch pain the other day from the relaxin-induced separation) and they have been fantastic.

My suggestion is that you talk to your Dr./midwife and see if they can recommend an exercise specialist who could give you some good techniques. You could consult with someone who does pregnancy yoga or pilates, or even a physical therapist. Or if you can arrange it, see about taking an exercise class. I've heard from multiple people that water aerobics do wonders for all sorts of pregnancy pains. Our Y runs regular prenatal water aerobics classes. And Y members (at least at ours) get childcare for free when they come in to work out (during business hours only). So it might be possible for you to do, even with kids to run after!

mama2logan&evan 06-18-2008 03:01 PM

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I get it, too. But luckily it's been manageable so far. I have heard to try the chiropractor but I never have. Otherwise my ob just said Tylenol and rest and massage.

Mg17 06-18-2008 10:35 PM

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I suffered from sciatic pain early in both my first pregnancy and my current one. I go to Yoga routinely and my instructor gave me the following poses that REALLY, REALLY stretch it out! Go to for pics and tips on how to do the poses.
Here's the info:
Sciatic Nerve Pain often is most intense around the Sciatic crest of the pelvis - basically, the middle of the buttock cheek. If pressure stays on the nerve, keeping it compressed or pinched, the pain gets worse and begins to expand down the entire nerve, down the back of the legs. To alleviate pressure in this area, it is helpful to stretch the gluteal muscles, piriformis, and the I.T. band. It is also helpful to widen the pelvis and increase the rotation of the hip. Opening the hips can also help with low back pain.
The following yoga poses can be very helpful in this:
1. Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (pigeon)
2. Gomukhasana (cow face) - fold the body forward, reaching your chin past your knees as you do this pose
3. Supta Padangusthasana
4. Supta Matsyendrasana - supine spinal twist
5. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), slightly pigeon toed, with the feet wider apart - reach the sitting bones back laterally from the body
6. Pavanamuktasana - childs pose laying on your back
7. Upavistha Konasana
8. Janu Sirsasana, paying attention to the outstretched leg, maintaining internal rotation, sit bone back, and extending the lesser trochanter distance out laterally away from the opposite hip bone. This increases the distance between the lesser trochantor and the sacrum and stretches the piriformis. In other words the inside of the outstretched leg continues to lengthen to the side widening the pelvis.
9. Child Pose with the sitting bones pressing out laterally.

Designsbybequi 09-08-2010 08:23 PM

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I had it for four months very very bad! The baby was in the same position for those four months, then one day, something felt very weird and strong in my uterus and the next time I met with my midwife, the baby had moved to the other side. The thing I found to be very interesting was, the sciatic pain went away! Having it daily for four months and then not at all was quite a change. So, it could be where your baby is positioned. What I did when I had it really bad was place a heating pad on it before bed for 1 1/2 hours. I would put a movie on for the kids and use the heating pad. The pain eased by about a half but once I laid down, it would hurt so badly again. I had to prop my legs up on pillows and that helped and I would stretch in bed for about one hour to finally be able to sleep.
These actions aggravate it quite a bit so try very hard to avoid them: picking up and holding your kids (that was hard for me because I have a little one, but I would sit on the sofa and hug her instead of hold her), the action of doing laundry really aggravates it and mopping, sweeping and vacuuming hurts it a lot. If you can, hire someone to help with those things. I have a lady coming for $40 a week to do 3 loads of laundry, all mopping/vacuuming and sweeping, garbages, toilets, etc. My mom is doing 2 loads of laundry for me a week right now- just to prevent the sciatic pain. I don't do groceries alone anymore. I wait for my husband and go with him. He can pick the kids up and put them in the carts and carry any heavy thing. It really seems to be helping. The pain was excruciating and I know what you're going through. I also prayed a lot when I was lying there in bed in extreme pain. After praying for what seemed liked weeks, the baby moved and the pain went away, but I'm still sticking to my not doing certain activities and picking up heavy things just to weather out the last month of this pregnancy. Good luck and it will be over very soon!!!

bananasfoster 09-08-2010 08:44 PM

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There are a couple different things that can cause sciatic pain... One is where baby is laying, he/she could be pressing on some nerves. Doing some exercises where you kneel on all 4s and curl your butt under and arch your back up (like a cat) can help take some of the pressure off, and maybe baby will take the opportunity to rearrange position a little. Another problem can be caused by some of your deep butt muscles spasming around the sciatic nerve, pinching it. You can stretch them back out by sitting on a chair or exercise ball and crossing the ankle of the affected side to rest on the other knee, while pushing the knee on the affected side downward with your hand. You should feel this pull in your butt on that side. Other than that, a chiropractic adjustment or some gentle yoga may also work.

Hope something from all the wonderful advice you have gotten works for you!

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