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Pregnant with sciatica?

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Percephone Sun 27-Dec-15 13:48:58

I'm recovering (slowly) from an episode of sciatica which started around October time. I was planning to try for another baby in January - timing was carefully planned due to mat pay/childcare/work contract issues. Ideally I'd leave it 6 months but it's either now or in a couple of years time when I'll be getting on a bit. I'm still getting pain and pins and needles in my leg. Has anyone got pregnant in this situation? I suppose there's no way of predicting whether things would continue to get better or get much worse...


KatyN Sun 27-Dec-15 18:41:05

I get sciatica but only for a day or so at a time and normally a night or two on the floor sets it right again.
It has definitely been worse whilst I've been pregnant. I think it's because I hold myself differently because of the massive bump messing up my centre of gravity.

To be fair, there are so many pregnancy problems that I'm not sure I'd put it off- you may get back/pelvis issue or not!!
Good luck kxx

Percephone Mon 28-Dec-15 21:53:49

Thanks Katy. The only thing that worries me is the lack of effective painkillers I can take in pregnancy! You're right about there being so many different problems you can get. Have you been offered any physio for it whilst pregnant?

NoMilkNoSugar Mon 28-Dec-15 21:58:22

Mine started ten years ago during pregnancy, my GP referred me for physiotherapy which helped, But I don't know if that is still the same now.

Melt90 Tue 29-Dec-15 08:25:45

I don't know wether this will help you but I suffer with my back and my sport massagist does back massages for pregnant women I find it helps massively xx

Dixiechick17 Tue 29-Dec-15 09:02:30

I was the opposite. Used to get it quite bad, but it barely played up during pregnancy, I was probably very lucky though.

LBOCS2 Tue 29-Dec-15 09:13:30

I have sciatica when I'm not pregnant, not terribly but badly enough to keep me awake at night (which is when it flares up generally).

In my first pregnancy it went away completely - it was wonderful! I had a touch of SPD but apart from feeling like I'd been kicked in the lady-parts for a couple of seconds when I stood up from my desk, nothing major.

This time around, my sciatica (and SPD) are a lot worse and I'm only 25 weeks. It's really really hit and miss.

One thing I would say is that my chiropractor worked wonders for it when I wasn't pregnant, and it may be worth seeing someone like that before TTC?

Percephone Tue 29-Dec-15 20:12:47

Thanks - it would be amazing if things got better rather than worse! I had SPD last time around so no doubt I would have that to contend with too. I wouldn't want to go to a Chiropractor. I get pins and needles just standing up, who knows what spinal manipulation would do to me. At least I should be able to get some physio by the sound of it.

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