Editor’s note: This post was written by Mehwash Zafar for SpiderTech Inc. Mehwash Zafar is a content writer. For questions or comments regarding this article, you can contact her via the SpiderTech Inc. website at www.spidertech.com.
Aches, pains and overwhelming fatigue are normal aspects of a pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester, and that’s hard enough to deal with. But some women have it worse.
Symptoms of sciatica: When pain becomes considerably more severe, it could be sciatica, a condition which is quite common during pregnancy. Sciatic back pain can result in agonizing pain that is debilitating and disabling – it makes it painful to sit, stand up, get out of a car, walk, and even sleep.
The pain worsens with:
- sitting on soft surfaces or for an extended period of time.
Sciatic nerve pain originates in the lower back and extends down to the hips, buttocks, down the backside of the legs and to the feet. Usually the pain is on one side, which is characteristic of sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain can feel like:
- stabbing pain
Causes and prognosis: During pregnancy, sciatica can be caused by different factors. In the third trimester, as the baby starts to move into the birth position, the uterus may be placed directly on the sciatic nerve and the resulting pressure can inflame the nerve and lead to severe symptoms. The sciatic nerve could also shift and get pinched because of increased pelvic pressure and the loosening of ligaments as the body prepares for childbirth.
Although the third trimester is the most common time to get sciatica during pregnancy, it can occur earlier if you have a history of spinal disorders. A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of sciatica in general. In a second pregnancy, there are more symptoms and they occur earlier than the third trimester and are more exaggerated than before. While sciatica is not a dangerous condition, it can be quite painful and uncomfortable and the symptoms can last from a few weeks to up to six months after delivery!
Managing the pain: Exercises like squats and various stretches are the primary treatment recommended to help pregnant women manage sciatica. In case of a complicated pregnancy, or if you don’t feel up for exercising, a known drug-free pain-relief method is kinesiology taping.
Normally, using kinesiology tapes would require an expensive visit to a chiropractor, but SpiderTech’s tapes are precut and come with instructions for easy application. All you have to do is peel and stick them on.
You can easily apply SpiderTech’s tapes on your lower back, buttocks, hips, and behind your legs. They will work all day long to help reduce pain and inflammation by lifting the skin to create a small space between the muscle and dermis layers of your skin and take pressure off the area where they are applied. You’ll be able to move easier, there’ll be no hassle of reapplying or waiting for the treatment to work, and no side effects either. And if you have very sensitive skin, SpiderTech has you covered too with its Gentle line of tapes.
Editor’s note: SpiderTech compensated SkinnyMom.com for this post.