Lower back pain is experienced by a large majority of women during pregnancy. However, the fact that it’s fairly commonplace doesn’t lessen the pain of it whatsoever. For some women, the worst of these lower back issues come by way of sciatica pain.
Sciatica pain happens when the sciatic nerve gets pinched, twisted, or otherwise wedged in a way that it creates phantom pain and discomfort from the lower back to the upper thighs. This isn’t to imply that all lower back pain is caused by a pinched sciatic nerve. Still, the solutions discussed below will generally be applicable to many of the root causes of lower back pain during pregnancy.
When the sciatic nerve gets irritated, pregnant women experience pain that starts in the lumbar and makes its way to the thighs. This pain can be felt through the entire path or at individual points in the lower back, buttocks, or thighs. Oftentimes, that pain only shoots down one side of the body or the other. And while it’s rare, that pain can occasionally run down both sides of the body. As you can imagine (or might be experiencing for yourself), that can make for extremely uncomfortable situations.
How Sciatic Pain Can Affect You
There are a number of symptoms that can come with sciatica pain and other similar lower-back issues, including the following:
- Painful sensations that come in waves
- Pain that feels like burning
- Sharp, pinpointed aches
- Having trouble going from standing to sitting and/or sitting to standing
- Struggling with walking or standing for more than a few minutes
- Pins and needles in leg(s) or foot (feet)
Not only are these issues painful, but they can lead to all sorts of difficulties completing even simple tasks. When sciatica pain hits, you’ll have a hard time whether you’re out shopping, trying to do laundry, running a business, managing a team, or just attempting to get up from the couch.
When combined with all the other discomforts, aches, and pains that accompany most pregnancies, sciatic nerve pain can make it feel difficult to exist.
Luckily, there are some excellent ways to alleviate much, if not all, of sciatica pain.
Relieving Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy
There are a number of options available to those who are looking to relieve their sciatica pain while pregnant. Those looking to relieve the tension on their own can do a handful of stretches, including yoga’s pigeon pose as well as any other stretches that specifically target the lower back.
For those who need a little extra help, one of the best methods of relieving this pain is through medically integrated massage therapy. A certified massage therapist (like those available at a Modoma location near you) will help you alleviate that pain while leaving you relaxed and ready to take on the rest of your pregnancy.
If this will be your first visit to Modoma, make sure to take advantage of our special introductory massage package. With this package, you’ll receive $261 worth of massage services for $49. It’s a perfect way to start addressing, and handling, your sciatic nerve pain.