While exciting and life-changing, pregnancy can also be a pain in the derriere, literally. Pregnancy often reveals spinal distortions or pre-existing weaknesses in the spine brought on by the developing baby pressing on the sciatic nerve– the largest in the body. Sciatic pain can be felt in the lower back or buttocks, down the leg and into the foot. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to decrease the discomfort.
Avoid lifting heavy objects and reduce the amount of time you stand. When lying down, try the side that’s not affected. Swimming and other exercises that increase circulation may help, while massage therapy can prove to be a great option as well.
Many of our pregnant mothers report that chiropractic care is a natural way to alleviate pressure and ensure their nervous system is functioning optimally. Spend more time preparing for your bundle of joy and less time in pain!