I'm 21 weeks pregnant with my first and am currently suffering with awful pains at the back of my upper left leg underneath my buttock. It's becoming worse and it's affecting getting up after sitting down, putting weight on it and turning in certain positions. Anybody else suffering with this? It only seems to have got worse this week. I'm currently in holiday so wondered if it was made worse by the car journey to get here - 4 and a half hours with 3 breaks. Trying some cat stretches to help and also some pregnancy yoga. The pain is really quite bad when it twinges
I'm 14 weeks and have very similar pain for 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure it's piriformis syndrome (very similar to sciatica, and can be a cause of it) but my self help of rest/stretches/glute work hasn't really helped and it's deteriorated. I'm booked to see physio weds (thank god for private health insurance-spoke to physio with them on phone today, agreed sounds like piriformis and authorised physio there and then) Its a wee muscle deep in the glutes, and the sciatic nerve runs underneath, or sometimes through or around it. It bloody sucks tho. No back pain or tingling/numbness
Sounds like piriformis syndrome. I had it last pregnancy and am suffering with it again and this time the muscle is impinging on the sciatic nerve causing leg pain. My ostepath gave me 'homework' which helped massively and I haven't had to go back to her this time (she was lovely but quite pricey!).
Lie on your side with your knees bent and get your oh to use his elbow to massage small circles wherever it hurts on your bum cheek. Increase the pressure and do it for about 5 minutes at a time. Turn over for the other side.
It can be a bit painful while my husband actually massages the sore areas but helps massively with reducing pain and increasing mobility the following morning.