Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with changes, and sometimes, these changes can bring along unexpected discomforts. Sciatic pain is one such discomfort that affects about 1% of pregnant women. But here’s the good news – you can take steps to reduce the chances of experiencing this discomfort!
Why does it Matter?
Here’s the thing: Just because you haven’t felt sciatic pain yet doesn’t mean you won’t. Taking prevention is like putting up a proactive shield before it begins!
Preventive Measures for Comfort During Sciatica Pain Pregnancy
➱ Posture Awareness: Pay attention to how you stand, sit, and lift. Maintain a straight back and avoid slouching to reduce strain on your lower back.
➱ Supportive Gear: Invest in comfortable shoes and consider using a maternity support belt to alleviate pressure on your back.
➱ Smart Sleep Positioning: Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees to support your lower back. This position can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.
➱ Mindful Movements: Be cautious when bending or lifting. Bend your knees instead of your back to pick up objects.
➱ Stay Active: Regular, gentle exercise like walking or prenatal yoga can strengthen muscles, reducing the risk of sciatic pain.
Exercises and Stretches For Sciatica Pain Pregnancy
1. Sit and bring your feet together
2. Hold your feet with your hands and gently press your knees towards the floor
3. Keep your back straight
4. Hold for 20 – 30 seconds then release
Seated Spinal Twist
1. Sit on the floor with your legs extended
2. Bend one knee and place the foot on the outside of the opposite knee
3. Gently twist your upper body
4. Hold the twist for 20–30 seconds
Safe pregnancy Stretches to help prevent sciatica pain
1. Start in a tabletop position
2. Bring one knee forward toward your hands, angling it outwards.
3. Extend the opposite leg straight back
4. Lower your body over your front leg, feeling the outer hip stretch.
5. Hold for 20–30 seconds, then switch sides
1. Start on your hands and knees in a tabletop position
2. (Cow Pose) Inhale as you arch your back, lower your belly, lift your head and tailbone
3. (Cat Pose) Exhale and round your spine upwards
4. Repeat for 5–10 cycles
Other sciatica stretches include:
1. Glute Stretch:
How to do it:
Sit on the floor. Cross your left ankle over your right knee and sit back to allow room for your belly to feel the stretch in your left buttocks.
Hold Time: Hold for 20–30 seconds, then switch legs.
2. Child’s Pose:
How to do it:
Kneel on the floor and sit back on your heels. Extend your arms in front of you as you lower your torso towards the floor, resting your forehead on the ground. Allow your back to relax and feel the stretch in your lower back and hips.
Hold Time: Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute while taking deep breaths.
When to Seek Help
Remember, every pregnancy is different. What works for one person might not work for another. Listen to your body and don’t hesitate to seek guidance when needed.
Remember, taking these preventive measures can significantly improve your comfort during this precious time.
Looking for relief from existing sciatica pain during pregnancy? Check out our next blog for targeted strategies to alleviate discomfort and find comfort during this phase.