She's on my Phsyotic Nerve!

Brandy - posted on 07/08/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




I'm 33 weeks pregnant with my second child and she appears to be pinching my phsyotic nerve. i've got a very active 2 year old and I'm having a lot of troubles keeping up with him because I can't move with out serious sharp pain down my left leg (from my rump down past my knee). Does anyone have any advice to help sooth this pain or even get her to move so I can function?


Tara - posted on 07/08/2011




I know how much sciatic pain hurts. I had that with both pregnancies. What I found helped was sleeping with a pillow between my knees and, believe it or not, walking. What I would do is take a single dose of Tylenol (my doc said it was okay to take during pregnancy as long as it isn't the T3 stuff with codeine), wait until it started kicking in, and then start walking - 15 minutes at least and after a week things loosened up and the babies moved a little so that they weren't pressing on the nerve. It hurt like blazes to start but it worked for me and it only took about a week of walking regularly to do it. I walked all throughout both pregnancies until I was put on bed rest but I had initially stopped when the sciatic pain hit because it hurt so badly.
I really like Krista's idea of a pregnancy support belt to take some pressure off your spine, and I can confirm from personal experience that massage therapy can help, as long as it is with a registered massage therapist (there are some areas a therapist is trained to recognize and avoid during pregnancy that an unregistered therapist might not know about).

Krista - posted on 07/08/2011




Oh, that does hurt. When I was pregnant, I also had a lot of pain in my sciatic nerve. A pregnancy support belt can take some of the pressure off of your spine. I also found that a heating pad helped somewhat. Massage can also be a huge help.


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