Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy

December 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Pains and Discomforts

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Sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy can cause a great deal of discomfort.  The sciatic nerve travels out from the spine, through the buttocks and down the legs all the way to the foot.

Because it runs under the uterus, sciatic pain, also called sciatica,  may be caused by your growing baby putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

What Does Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy Feel Like?

Sciatic nerve pain can vary in intensity.  You may feel pain, numbness, tingling, or burning sensations.  Because the sciatic nerve spans all the way to the foot, you may feel pain, numbness, tingling or discomfort along the leg and possibly into your feet and toes.

What Treatment is there for Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy

You may be able to alleviate some discomfort by trying some of the following suggestions:

  • Avoid prolonged sitting if possible
  • Lie down on your side opposite the pain to take pressure off the nerve
  • Try taking frequent short walks
  • Moist heat or cold compresses may help alleviate discomfort.
  • Ask your physician about taking an over the counter pain reliever.

If your sciatica pain becomes constant or severe, you should seek the help of  your healthcare provider.

Because sciatic pain in pregnancy is generally caused by pressure from your baby, you may also find relief from manual stretches that gently help alleviate the pressure of your baby on your pelvis.  To learn how to do these stretches, please visit

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