I'm pregnant, I have a toddler, and my sciatic nerve hurts so much. What can I do?. A lot of pregnant women experience sciatica. And this is nerve pain caused by the baby putting pressure on a large nerve that runs through your trunk, down the back of your leg, and wraps around to the top of your foot. So to you, it usually feels like really intense pain through the butt cheek and down your leg. So if you're experiencing this, that's probably what it is. But it's always a good idea to talk with your doctor so they can make a sure diagnosis and make sure that they don't need to look into anything else that might require treatment. Really, it's something that might just have to be endured during pregnancy, because it's the pressure of the growing baby, and once that's gone, then you should feel better. But there are a few things that you can try to help you cope with the pain when you feel it.
For one, if it's getting really severe and you've been up around walking a lot, rest. And it might even help if you lay down, with the side that's been hurting up in the air, and stretch the butt cheek out - that could help a little bit. If you have to stand for long periods of time, then try putting the affected leg up on a stool or something, and stretching for a second. Go swimming - that will lift the weight of the growing baby and uterus off the nerve temporarily, and can give you some relief. You can alternate between using hot packs and cold packs. Wear flat shoes, because if you wear heels, that can increase the pain and add to jarring. Also, support yourself well when you're sleeping by tilting to the side, put a firm pillow or blanket underneath your belly and one behind your hip. This will help you stay on your side, which is how you should sleep after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and also offer your back a little more support. Also avoid lifting anything heavy. And if you are lifting things, make sure you're using proper body mechanics. Also pay attention to your posture, and make sure that you're standing up as straight as possible.
Again, talk with your doctor about it. They can give you further information and advice on the topic. And if you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.
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