Has anyone ever had sciatic nerve pain while preggers?

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 94 moms have responded )

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I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?

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Alaina - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am pregnant with my 3rd and like my last 2 pregnancies I am dealing with the sciatic nerve. Unfortunately for me I am a server and most of the time have to deal with the pain...wah wah wah...lol

But I did find soaking in a hot bath with some relaxing salts in the bath water did help. With my second son I discovered prenatal yoga and pilates and LOVED it. I know having another child always poses a time limit, but if you can even find 10-15 min to just do a few stretches with your back and legs you might find some comfort.

Getting prenatal massages can help also. Those will help relax anyone! Again I know time and money is always hard to dish out, but that's something I will take the time out of my day and money out of my pocket for because those prenatal massages are WONDERFUL!

Julie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Hi Stephanie,

I had this problem the whole way through my second pregnancy. The doctor said it would be okay once the baby moved but he just turned and pressed on my sciatic nerve on the right side. Its been 16 years and I still have problems with sciatica.

I have tried all sorts of remedies and have found the best thing is to try and rest as much as possible with your feet up. Also hot baths helped. Other than that there isn't anything apart from physio which I wouldn't recommend whilst your pregnant.

Malinda - posted on 02/26/2009

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I didn't get through all of the replies, so my apologies if this has already been suggested, but aqua aerobics if you have access to a pool will help take the pressure off the nerve. Pre-natal yoga (especially hip-opening poses like frog and cobbler, and spine stretchers like downward dog) can also help loosen your hips and take the pressure off. Have you also considered a chiropracter (one with experience with pg ladies)? I didn't have sciatica, but I did have some major SI joint pain with my first pregnancy, and getting my hips worked on by a chiropracter really helped, along with the yoga and aqua aerobics.



Wishing you a happy, healthy rest of your pregnancy!

Amy - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had sciatic nerve issues while pregnant too, but only after having sex. It would be so bad that I wouldn't be able to stand in one place for more than a couple seconds. Very annoying. The only thing that worked for me was to keep walking or to sit with my feet raised. Good luck!

Stacie - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had this when I was pregnant with my second child. What really helped me was I took water aerobics at the Ymca. Water Aerobics is great for your sciatic nerve. Actually even walking laps in the water is great for it. There are some water exercises you can do too. It really truely does help. In water your weightless.  Hope that helps

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Marie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have been going to a chirpractor for years. Even while pregnant with Alexander I went - he has special pillows that allow moms to lay on their tummies for their adjustments. My sciatic pain was at its worst after my labour. I severely bruised it while labouring on my toilet. I didn't get to the chiropractor for at least a month after the birth and dealt with the pain with shifting position and eventually a ring. Then went to the chiro and the pain was resolved in a matter of 2 or 3 sessions.

Candace - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had it the whole time i was pregnant and still do- my daughter is 2.5 now! My doctor told me once it bothers you its never quite right again but it did get better over time. It still acts up and i still get that pain in my butt and up my back/ down my right leg......
Hope its better for you!!

Jennie - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

Has anyone ever had sciatic nerve pain while preggers?

I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?


I did with my son and the one thing that made a large difference was to stretch the muscles in my legs, thighs, and butt!  Some of the exercises that I used that I found to be extremely helpful were exercises I had learned when I was a cheerleader in high school.  Any stretches that will help relax the muscles surrounding the nerve...Also, remember that the sciatic nerve begins in the feet, goes up your calf, across the front of your knee area, and then up to your behind.  I went to a massage therapist and I told him what was wrong - he worked wonders! 

Lynn - posted on 02/05/2009

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OH YES! I have had Sciatica since I was pregnant with my 6yr old son. I knew I had it, but it wasn't diagnosed until about 3 months ago. I have to have a pillow in between my legs every night when I sleep. I see a Chiropractor who works wonders. Try to the Chiropractic way & different shoes! Both have helped me! Good luck :)

Andrea - posted on 02/05/2009

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You need to find a good massage therapist that knows how to deal with pregnant women and try things like yoga.  Their are certain postures you can use to move the baby off that area and give yourself some relief

Jodi - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

Has anyone ever had sciatic nerve pain while preggers?

I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?


 

Tracey - posted on 02/03/2009

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i had it as well, if i had layed down or sat for any period of time, it was next to impossible to get up and walk. just try to keep moving, oh and take fish oil supplements, that helps alot, almost like keeping a car oiled

Kim - posted on 02/03/2009

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i had it, and it was NO fun...however, i was 30 weeks when my daughter decided to lay in an uncomfortable postion for me. i took tylenol, but it only helped a little. at night, i would roll from side to side to see if i could get her to change positions.

Leranita - posted on 02/03/2009

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I had a heap of pain, I'm a hairdresser, so being on my feet all day didn't help. I found accupuncture & massage was best for me, find someone who spacialises in pre & post natal care. I think yoga helped alot  too.

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Quoting Stephanie:

Has anyone ever had sYciatic nerve pain while preggers?

I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?



Yes I had terrible sciatic pain during pregnancy i found a great chiropractor and had adjustments every month it not only helped relieve the pain it made the delivery much easier.  Yoga also helped.

Angie - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had it with my first, and I'm now 7 months along with my 2nd and have it again! The first time, I went to a chiropractor and it helped, but this time, I have been walking alot more and trying to sit down and stretch my legs and it seems to help alot. I like the idea about taking baths, though, I might try that too.

Nicole - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had it with my first 2 kids. With the 3rd I went to a chiropractor and the pain stopped.

Mindy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hey! I am 22 weeks pregnant now, and just got back from my dr. appt. that was my main complaint was sciatic nerve pain. I'm a certified Chiropractic assistant, and one of the products we have is called Bio-freeze, it helps me A TON!!! its almost like an icy hot, you can go to your local chiropractor, im sure they'd have it, maybe even samples to try first...? it helped me! hopefully it will help you! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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So I tried phyical therapy last time... not a whole lot of help. I mean it did ok, but it never really "releaved" my pain... He gave me some exercises that kind of helped.. I just figured it was something I had to deal with to have my baby. I just made an appointment with a chiropractor who specializes in pregnate women... thank you all for your advice! Wish me luck!

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had sciatic nerve pain before I even knew I was pregnant and I found out I was preggers at 6.5 weeks!!

Marcie - posted on 01/27/2009

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i did when i was pregnant with all Three of my children i am a hair dresser and mine was most likely caused by standing on my feet alday there really is not alot you can do except rest when needed and sit as offen as needed , there nothing to take it away until either the baby grows and moves or you give birth sorry i know not to conforting but it all i got

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had it around 5-6 months into my pregnancy and my doctor told me to stop working....that was not the best option at the time. I basically had to deal with it, it got better as my pregnancy furthered. Warm baths, back rubs, keep your feet up at all times possible, comfortable shoes with arch support, and posture....hope you feel better.

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I have it... fairly badly, but expected it. I didn't get hit by it until I was in my 6th-7th month. Massages, chiropractor visits, hot water/showers, and tylenol have all been my friends.

Terri - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

Has anyone ever had sciatic nerve pain while preggers?

I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?


I had the same problem when I was about 12 weeks along & I went to the chiropracter.  He adjusted me & it took care of the pain.  It happened with both of my older kids at about the same time but after the adjustment never had it again.  Hope this helps.

Kay-Lynn - posted on 01/27/2009

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My doctor recommended physical theropy or theriputic massage. I went for the massage and that helped cause just like you I was 8 weeks with it and was on my feet most of the time at work and ended up going on maternaty leave 2 months before my son was born because I couldn't walk very far anymore. It is not fun!!!! I was so glad that he was born because I could breathe and walk again without the nerve pain.

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had it with all my pregnancies. The first pregnancy it didn't start until the last month. The dr prescribed a shocker that had electrodes that stuck to my backside. Didn't seem to help much. I think it is supposed to trick your brain into not feeling it. I still have it occasionally and my youngest is 9 months. I think hot compresses helped a lot. For a cheap hot compress, use one long man's sock, fill with regular rice, not quick cook, and tie a knot in the end of the sock. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes. The heat stays in the rice for a long time. Hope this helps!

Janet - posted on 01/27/2009

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Definitely go to the Chiropractor.  I went with both of my pregnancies.  The sciatica was worse with my second but the Chiropractor helped tremendously!  I went weekly.  Just be sure the Chiropractor is certified to work with pregnant women.  Good luck!!

Rene - posted on 01/27/2009

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Yes, I had the sciatic nerve pain with my youngest.  It was excruciating!  I had it in my lower back, and it hurt the worst while I was sitting, and of course I had a desk job.  A friend of mine gave me a buckwheat pillow that was cylindrical and could wrap around my back.  You just had to heat it up in the microwave and it held its heat for quite awhile.  I used it anytime I sat down.  The farther along I got, the worse the pain was.  I was able to get up and walk around alot in my job, but I also had to sit for long periods.  Hopefully, if you have a desk job , you have a good chair.  I had a crappy one, so it made it hard to keep the pillow in place.  You'll need a chair with a full back.  Good luck!

Hannah - posted on 01/27/2009

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the only thing ive been suffering with is cramp i have hots baths to relax all my body sems to do the trick.

Vikki - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had terrible sciatia what felt like all the time right from about 12 weeks,i just kept moving around which eased it slightly. Still get it now slighty and my daughter is nearly 16 weeks, i just put a warm hot water bottle on the area now, that eases it.

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I had really bad sciatic nerve pain with both of my pregancies and the thing that I found that helped the most was going to a Chiropractor. Some people might be nervous about going to someone like that, but for me it was a matter of being able to walk or not! I've heard from other mothers that having a professional massage really helped too! Hope that helps you!!

Jeni - posted on 01/27/2009

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I have this pain now--I'm at 31 weeks, but now that I know what the pain is I believe I've had it most of my pregnancy. I have switched to ONLY wearing my tennis shoes. I did that last week and over the weekend put on heels for a dinner we were attending and had massive pain!!! Back to the tennies! I also have a pillow behind my back at night (while sleeping on my left side) so I don't roll over onto my right side (which is where my pain is). We have done things like stick a flashlight to my belly to get the baby to move to the other side (usually works), I also will lean down on the kitchen counter with my legs spread apart and rock back and forth. Somehow this makes the baby move. However, even though I do all these things I still get a little bit of pain every now and then, though it has been decreased significantly since doing these things. I can totally sympathize with you and know it's not fun!!! My prayer is that the bigger my baby gets she won't permanently settle on the nerve. I don't know what I'll do then. I hope these things help. I know we're all different, but these things have worked for me!

Sharon - posted on 01/27/2009

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Go to the chiropractor!!!!  I went every two weeks during my pregnancy and it made a huge difference. 

Jade - posted on 01/27/2009

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i started with sciatic nerve pain when i reached 8 weeks too, im now 25 weeks and its getting worse so now my doctor has reffered me 2 a physio. im struggling to run round after my 3 yr old and paracetamol does nothing for me. i have a hot bath everynight which helps ease the pain a little. but i most certenly advise going to ur gp as they may give u a cream called movalat this is what they gave me in the first few weeks and it worked for a while. hope this helps somewhat. xx

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had sciatic nerve pain, more towrds the middle of the pregnancy, but my doctor had me get a maternity belt (I believe that's what it's called). I got it at one of the maternity stores and it did help a little.

Julie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Get yourself to a chiropractor ASAP!!!!. There are some that even specialize in prenatal care. I had a horrible sciatic issue at the very end of my pregnancy. I could barely walk without being in major pain. It took one appt with the chiro, a couple of easy adjustments, and I was so much more comfortable....until I went into labor. ha ha. But, that was for reasons other than sciatica!

You also need to avoid picking up your toddler as much as possible, or maybe get a sling that will evenly distribute his weight. I know how hard that will be considering I have a clingy 17 month old myself, but if you're in this much pain at the beginning, its only going to get worse if you're carrying him around too.

I know a lot of people are wary of chiropractors, but if you find the right one, esp one who deals with prenatal, you will be so much more comfortable throughout this pregnancy.

You can also get some of those sticky pads that heat up, I think they're called "thermacare" at CVS or Walgreens. Don't use them too much, because heat actually inflames the muscle, but it is a temporary relief.

Hope you feel better soon.

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2009

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i had our first son in 2004 and man that sucked a tabout 5 months pregnant boom he hit the sciactic nerve and well stayed there!!! for months like 3 months i worked at tim hortons at the time and worked 8 hour days when i got home and went to go sit down i couldn't get back up and my parents would have to help me! after a couple of days goin through this pain i got in the tub or a nice hot shower and massaged the area that was killing me the most! and when he did move i think i did the biggest happy dance ever!!!!  hoped htis helped! excercise alot and the baby will move around.... stretches are great for it!

Davinia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:



Quoting Davinia:

yeah i did think i took paracetamol, the only thing you can take when pregnant, i don't know how i worked, sitting down standing up nothing helps really, but it can go just like that, have you spoke to your doctor? hope your ok?






I have not talked to my DR this time... durring my pregnancy with my son I did. All they said they could really do was put me in physical therapy- and they couldn't do much either cause they didn't want to hurt the baby. It just seems like a never ending cycle! It hasn't *fully* kicked in yet this time... But I can feel it coming on! It did get to the point with my son that I tried to stand up after a nap and couldn't support my own weight on my legs ( that was in march of 07- my baby is due right about the same time my son was) so I'm kind of trying to be pro-active this time. And it did last my entire pregnancy- movement seemed to make mine worse unfourtunatly. And it actually didn't go away until he was about 2 or 3 months old. yikes!





iIt was the same with me, could hardly stand up at times, and it didn't really go untill my twins where a few months old aswell, my back is not the same the doctors have just said it all part of pregnancey....  reading the other mums, try all you can hopfully somthing will work for you, hoping you find somthing soon before it can get really painful, what about your midwife??

Pippa - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi, I had sciatic pain when i was pregnant, i thought stretching and massage helped a little bit. When i was in delivery my sciatic pain got worse and after my son was born i had a numb foot for 4 months. I would recommend short frequent walks, massage and stretching! I hope this helps.





Quoting Stephanie:

Has anyone ever had sciatic nerve pain while preggers?

I'm only 8 weeks preggo- and like with my son.... have sciatic nerve pain already. It makes it really hard to work- let alone take care of my 16 month old. Just wondering if anyone has ever had this problem while pregnante and what you did to ease the pain?


 

Marni - posted on 01/26/2009

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Yes so badly that I couldn't walk.  The only thing that helped was the chiropractor.

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2009

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You poor thing! My son sat right on my sciatic nerve... and it was almost as bad as labor sometimes! I don't think there is really much you can do about it. Try sleeping on your back or on your left side, that may ease some discomfort. And definately talk to your doctor if you haven't already. There may be something they can do or prescibe you to make it a little less uncomfortable. Good luck!

Bridget - posted on 01/26/2009

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Go to a chiropractor!!!!!  You do not have to suffer through the pain!!  Go to www.icpa4kids.org and you can find a list of Docs in your area that have special training.  Best wishes with your pregnancy!  I am preparing for #3 to come in 6 weeks or so!

Alicia - posted on 01/26/2009

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i had it from the begining with my daughter- and my ob had to put me on flexarin which is a muscle relaxer, but i couldnt do anything until almost the end of my 2nd tri. i am 6wks with my 2nd, and have it already also. plus like you, toting around my 14 month old doesnt help much.



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Estela - posted on 01/26/2009

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Try Chiropractic care. As a mother of 2 and Chiropractor I can say that It really helps relieve Scaitic symptoms. I suffered from low back pain with my first and upper back pain with my second... adjustments were the only thing that helped. We help pregnant women everyday! I would highly recommend that you look into Chiropractic care... It is a non-invasive technique that can help you without the use of drugs. It is safe for you and your baby! www.huntchiropractic.com



We are located in Charlotte but if you are not near us please find a Chiropractor near you!



Sincerely Dr. Estela Hunt - Hunt Chiropractic

Ana - posted on 01/26/2009

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Yes i did but in my two pregnancies but was close to the due date lets say around my 7th month the Dr. said is because you gain weight to fast and your column has to curve in unusual ways and sometimes pinch nerves and those in a high percentage are from the legs..So there might be a possibility...The only few things that you can take is tylenol (paracetamol) and it helps a little bit..but what sometimes helped was the gel bags that you can freeze and also put in the micrwave and that coluld calm it down with some low cardio excercises to stretch but it only went away when the 2 boys where ready to come out..

Rebecca - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had some sciatic and hip pain, and also lower back pain when pregnant with my now-9-month-old daughter. I worked at a chiropractic office, so I got adjusted frequently. It completely eliminated my pain, and I attribute my extremely fast labor and delivery (18 hours from first "twinge" to delivery with only 20 minutes of pushing) to those adjustments.

Abbie - posted on 01/26/2009

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My suggestion would be to find a chiropractor make sure every thing is lined up as it should be. Avoid heavy lifting ( anything more then your son should be avoided) Use heat on the side of your butt that is sore. If the pain goes down your leg it is sciatic, if it doesn't its another muscle called the pirioformis which is very small but is right next to the sciatic nerve. After 3 months of pregnancy start getting massages to relax those muscles. I do massage for a living but also had the same pain with my son. IT HURTS LIKE>......... well you know. I would try those, and good stretching. It will get better.

Rebecca - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had some sciatic and hip pain, and also lower back pain when pregnant with my now-9-month-old daughter. I worked at a chiropractic office, so I got adjusted frequently. It completely eliminated my pain, and I attribute my extremely fast labor and delivery (18 hours from first "twinge" to delivery with only 20 minutes of pushing) to those adjustments.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2009

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My doctor actually gave me a muscle relaxer that I can take for 14 days. That seems to help. I have also gone to the chiropractor a few times and that was okay. The best thing besides Tylenol is stretching and a heating pad at night.

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yes I had it with all three of my kids. The full 9 months also. I know it hurts, but there really isn't anything you can do b/c you are pregnant. Just try taking Tylenol and see if that helps any.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2009

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Yes - I had very bad sciatic and hip pain from my pelvic bones moving. I am a nurse and I am bending over beds, moving patients and lifting them as well, so this made the experience even more painful.. I wen to physical therapy and it really helped. They taught me exercises to help strengthen other muscles to help compensate for the scaitic and hip pain. It took a few weeks, but I could start to feel a difference. I stopped going to PT, but continued the exercises at home (no more than 30 minutes, 3 times a week) so give it a shot. Your doctor will have to write a script for this, but most is covered by insurance. Good luck! Sarah

Tracy - posted on 01/26/2009

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I feel your pain. It's killing me right now. I am 22 weeks, have a 3 and 1 year old. I had it every time I was pregnant but it seemed worse each pregnancy. I think just because I can't sit down and relax as much with two little ones. My doctor just suggested sleeping on my left side and wait it should go away.

Emma - posted on 01/26/2009

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i didnt have it that early but i had a lot of baths that seemed to help and i tried to keep movin

Emma - posted on 01/26/2009

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i didnt have it that early but i had a lot of baths that seemed to help and i tried to keep movin

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