Sciatic pain is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back into your thigh, gets irritated, and it can be super-uncomfortable. You might experience pain (in your back, bottom, and leg), tingling, difficulty walking, and numb- ness. There are many aspects of pregnancy that can lead to sciatic pain: your growing baby and uterus putting pressure on parts of your body in new ways, the changing curvature of your spine and back, and the changes to the bones in your pelvis as it prepares for birth.
Stretching the muscles in your lower back, bottom, and legs can help. One easy stretch to try is to put your hands on a table or the back of a chair, and keeping your legs straight, bend at the waist and stick your bottom out behind you to stretch the lower back and hamstrings.
You can also sit on a chair and then cross one leg over the other so that the outside of the calf or ankle is resting on the top of the other thigh or knee. Lean forward slightly, hold for 10 seconds, and then switch sides.
Prenatal yoga and swimming are also great for loosening up tight muscles during preg- nancy. You can also visit a massage therapist or chiropractor for gentle treatments.
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