Tips to help expectant moms manage lower back attacks
Pregnancy-related sciatica typically occurs during the second and third trimester of pregnancy and it’s caused by a baby’s position in the mother’s womb. During this time, the baby is growing larger and sits in a lower position in the abdomen. Pregnancy-related sciatica occurs when the baby's head presses against the mother's sciatic nerves, which run down the spine and into the pelvis and upper leg area, causing shooting pains or paralyzing numbness in the lower back, buttocks, or down the backs of the thighs.
The pain can be severe and demobilizing, and unfortunately, there's no prescription to remedy sciatica. Little that can be done to prevent the onset of sciatica or relieve the pain completely until the baby is born. Ordering cheap drugs online from a Canadian Pharmacy is an option but this may require a prescription from your doctor. The good news is there are many ways to help ease the severity of sciatic attacks without drugs, including:
1. Chiropractic adjustments - As a woman’s abdomen grows as their baby grows, mom’s back can become weakened and unstable. Regular chiropractic adjustments can promote blood flow and relieve mild to severe sciatica throughout pregnancy.
2. Regular exercise - Expectant moms who exercise regularly may handle the sciatica discomforts better than those who don’t exercise at all. Why is this? Women with good muscle tone will have better back support as their pregnancy progresses.
3. Soft tissue prenatal massage – will work tense muscles loose and help create a larger range of motion during a sciatica attack. A gentle prenatal massage conducted weekly by an RMT can reduce stress on mom’s weight-bearing joints and encourage proper posture, which can reduce sciatica attacks.
4. Applying alternate hot and cold - Soothing heat alternated with an ice pack will help calm muscle and nerve spasms during a sciatica attack.
5. Wear flat shoes – High heels or shoes that take your weight on your heels may cause additional strain on your lower back and worsen sciatica.
6. Sleep on your side not on your tummy – Sleeping on your side with pillows rolled up under the knees puts less stress on your back. It also supports your back when you get out of bed if you rise from one side and then pull your body into an upright sitting position, provoking fewer sciatica spasms.
7. Pelvic tilts - While there is no real cure for sciatica, pelvic tilt exercises can offer some relief by stretching the length of the path that the sciatic nerve travels, which starts in the piraformis, located in the buttocks, and runs down the hamstring and the calf muscles. Pelvic tilts take pressure off the sciatic muscle and also prepares the muscles of pregnant woman for giving birth. To do a proper pelvic tilt:
• Lay on the floor with your knees bent at 90-degrees and your feet flat on the floor
• Check to see if you can slide your hand between your low back and the floor
• Inhale first and tilt your pelvis up towards the ceiling as you exhale until you get a nice stretch in your low back
• Exhale and let the spine and pelvis return to their original position
Bio: Bernice Spradlin is an avid hiker and runner. She works at a gym as in Brooklyn, New York, where she gets great inspiration for her freelance health-related articles and blogs. In her off time, you can often find Bernice jogging the East River path along the waterfront and enjoying the cool breeze.