I had sciatica from about mid pregnancy last time. I loaned a TENS machine from my midwife. . Enabled me to get on with me day! I actually went camping at 31 weeks and managed an air bed and walking no problem!
No other tips really, just sharing experience. I had surgery for a slipped disc (causing excruciating sciatica) in 2005. Had absolutely no problems during first pregnancy in 2011. I'm now 20 weeks pregnant with DC2, and it's just starting to cause problems. Taking today off work as sciatica pretty bad. I'm going to see osteopath and will be taking Pilates classes to strengthen back as best I can but feel it's a little late to be doing this! Should have perhaps worked on my back before pregnancy, but have been slack and naively thought after DC1 smooth pregnancy it wld be ok. Can you try any exercise/treatment now while TTC? I'm going to look up the Tena machine option as well. Good luck xx
Hi lucinda yes that sounds similar to me I ended using crutches and a wheelchair for four months while I was waiting for surgery. Since then I've always had a fear of it getting that bad again.
It's comforting to hear you had no troubles with your first pregnancy but sorry to hear sciatica is bothering you now.
Strengthening muscles/exercises good advice. I'm my own worse enemy I do them religiously after I've had episode of sciatica and then when my back feels good I start forgetting/not finding time/ assuming I'm ok and I then I curse myself when it comes back!
I think I've just been scared I will get to a certain point in pregnancy and then have to cope with sciatica for rest of pregnancy. X