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  • Women are at an increased risk of experiencing sciatica during pregnancy because of the extra strain childbirth puts on the body as compared to typical day-to-day life.

    What Causes Sciatica

    Sciatica is caused by pressure against the sciatic nerve, which emerges from the base of the spine and winds through the legs to the feet. This pressure can be the result of muscle inflammation, spinal disc herniation or tumors.

    Symptoms of Sciatica

    Sciatica causes sufferers considerable pain along the nerve route. It can also cause a tingling or numb sensation similar to the feeling of a limb "waking up" after falling asleep due to lack of circulation.

    Initial Treatments

    Due to the increased strain put on a woman's body during pregnancy, she is especially susceptible to injury to the muscles and discs. To avoid or relieve pain, do not engage in movements that make it worse, do not stay in a stationary position for long periods of time, and take frequent walks of increasing length. Ice and heat packs may also be helpful.

    Advanced Treatments

    If initial treatments are ineffective it is possible to relieve some pain with anti-inflammatory medications, acupuncture, massage or even surgery. Consult a doctor before engaging in any advanced treatments to make sure they are good for you and your baby.

    Specialists

    If an expecting mother suffering from sciatica decides to visit a specialist it is critical she verifies that the individual has experience with prenatal patients.

    Source:

    Women's Healthcare Topics: Sciatica During Pregnancy

    Sciaticatreament.org: Sciatica Treatment

    Spine Universe: Sciatic Nerve and Sciatica

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