Pregnancy is a remarkable journey, but it’s not without its challenges, especially when sciatica pain becomes an unwelcome companion. This discomfort can make everyday activities difficult.

Sciatica Pain Symptoms

However, there are safe and effective sciatica stretches to relieve this discomfort during pregnancy.

Stretches to relieve sciatica and sciatica-related pain:

Here are some stretches to help you ease sciatica pain during pregnancy:

1. Chair Stretch:

women doing chair stretch during pregnancy
  • Stand facing a chair or countertop with feet hip-width apart.
  • Hinge forward at the hips, placing hands on the chair’s back.
  • Ensure your arms are straight and your back is flat.
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat this stretch 3 times.

2. Standing Hamstring Stretch:

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  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Step right foot forward, turn back foot out at a 45-degree angle.
  • Hold onto a counter for support, hinge forward at hips, keeping back flat.
  • Hold the stretch for 20 seconds, then switch sides.

3. Glute Bridge:

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  • Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor (use a pillow for support if needed).
  • Place arms by sides, palms down.
  • Engage your core by drawing the belly button in and up.
  • Lift hips towards the ceiling, and hold for 10-15 seconds.
  • Lower hips to the starting position.
    Complete 10-15 reps for 3 sets.

4. Child Pose:

women doing Child pose {Sciatica Stretches Pregnancy}
  • Start on hands and knees, toes touching, knees slightly wider than hips.
  • Lower hips back toward heels.
  • Extend arms forward as you lower chest toward the floor.
  • Relax shoulders, hold for 30-60 seconds, breathing deeply.
  • To exit, lift hips, walk hands back to tabletop position.

5 mins! Pregnancy Sciatica Stretches with O’Coach

Are you experiencing the discomfort of sciatica pain during pregnancy? Many moms-to-be find relief through this simple 5-minute stretch.

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Effective Relief Strategies For Sciatica Pregnancy:

Effective Relief Strategies For Sciatica Pregnancy

1. Heat and Cold Therapy:
Applying a heat pack or cold compress to the affected area can temporarily relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Experiment to see which works best for you.

2. Prenatal Massage:
Consider seeking a certified prenatal massage therapist experienced in treating sciatic pain. A gentle massage can relax muscles and ease nerve pressure.

3. Physical Therapy Exercises:
Your healthcare provider might recommend specific exercises or stretches to alleviate sciatic pain during pregnancy. These exercises aim to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.

4. Supportive Pillows or Cushions:

Using pregnancy pillows or cushions designed to support your back and hips while sitting or sleeping can help alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.

5. Water-Based Exercises:
Consider activities like swimming or aqua aerobics. The buoyancy of water can reduce the strain on your body while providing gentle exercise.


  • Listen to your body. If any activity or treatment increases discomfort, stop immediately.
  • Communicate openly with your healthcare provider about your symptoms and the effectiveness of any relief strategies.

Seeking relief from sciatic pain during pregnancy is about finding what works best for you. Experiment with these strategies, stay consistent and prioritize your comfort during this transformative journey.

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