We are thrilled to hear from our fit mom ambassador, Kristen Ross, regarding this common pregnancy symptom — sciatica. Read her pregnancy and sciatica article below.
I’m a first-time, mom-to-be to a daughter, expected to arrive in February 2015. I am the clinic manager, licensed physical therapist and lymphedema specialist at a orthopedic outpatient clinic in the Greater Boston area. I treat a variety of post-op patients, sport and work-related injuries, and overuse sprains and strains using modalities, therapeutic exercise, manual techniques and aquatic therapy. Outside of the clinic, I’m a Spinning instructor, yogi, runner, weight-lifter and up until my second trimester a soccer player. I love to cook healthy food for my friends and family, particularly anything Mexican! I live with my husband, (and best friend!), of seven years, where we met at college and live outside the Greater Boston area caring for our eight year-old King Charles Spaniel, Ellie. We love to travel and have taken exotic trips including a European back-packing adventure, a rustic Costa Rican zip-lining tour, a camping and safari trip to East Africa and a snorkeling and diving escapade in the Great Barrier Reef.
Pregnancy and Sciatica
Sciatica is a condition that can cause shooting pain, numbness and tingling in your back, buttocks and/or legs. It is commonly triggered by the compression of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body, that runs from the lumbar spine (lower back), down the back of each leg. Some women can experience this painful, yet temporary, syndrome in their second or third trimester of pregnancy due to numerous reasons including:
Even though sciatica can be a pain in the butt (literally!), these techniques mentioned above can assist with your symptoms. The pain is often temporary and will most likely resolve following the birth of your adorable bundle of joy (once you shed the excess weight and fluid that is putting the pressure on the nerve).
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