Pregnancy Sciatic Nerve
What are the effects of pregnancy and the sciatic nerve?
During pregnancy you may experience many side effects, one of them is sciatica.
Sciatica is not limited to pregnant women but many women may experience some form of sciatica during pregnancy. Sciatic nerves are the widest and longest nerves in the body one on the right side and one on the left. They pass between the lower back, buttocks, thighs, and legs on each side. In normal conditions this nerve provides the muscles of your legs with feelings. There are times though when the nerve can be ignited if there is any pressure on it thus not providing enough of your blood to flow freely. This condition may happen in the event of back pressure, or injury, or pregnancy. When there is pressure on the sciatic nerve people experience immense pain called sciatica. Continuous pressure on the nerve causes chronic pain or weakness, numbness or tingling of the legs or around the buttocks area. Pain in the back of the thigh or buttocks can become unbearable, making it almost impossible to stand or sit for long periods of time.
Pregnancy symptoms back painMany pregnant women blame the baby pressing on the sciatic nerve to be the reason of pain and discomfort, which is not always the case. Sometimes the irritation of the nerve while pregnant is the result of spinal disc injury or a herniated disc. An injury to the lower back may cause inflammation in the tissues around the nerve, or cause direct pressure on the nerve. Pregnant women are more likely to damage the disk, which results in more sciatica disorders.
When no back injury is present, the culprit for this condition in most cases is the pressure on the nerve by the growing baby. Usually during the end of the second trimester or beginning of the third trimester, your baby has grown significant enough to cause pressure on the nerve. Your uterus can put pressure on one of the sciatic nerves, either in the right leg or the left and can result in mild pain or tingling, to sharp and intolerable pain. However the good news is that sciatica almost never affects both sides, either the right or the left leg not both.