Sciatica in pregnancy: Causes and Treatment

October 24, 2010

  • Sciatica in pregnancy: Causes and Treatment
  • What is sciatica?

 sciatica during pregnancy
 Shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in the back and radiates to the hips and legs - these may be signs of sciatica. During pregnancy sciatica most often develops in the third trimester.



The bigger the uterus, the more it presses on various internal organs. In particular, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve The sciatic nerve: how to avoid the excruciating pain?  The sciatic nerve: how to avoid the excruciating pain?
 Which passes through the lower back. When the pressure on the sciatic nerve and there is pain in the back, which can be given to different parts of the body, most often - in feet. When a child is in the third trimester of pregnancy is turned upside down, may occur pinched sciatic nerve, which will result in severe pain.

Depending on the child's movements pain may be constant or not. Often the symptoms of sciatica persist for some time after birth.

One of the most unpleasant aspects of sciatica during pregnancy is that the expectant mother is limited in the choice of treatments. Traditional therapy for sciatica is aimed at eliminating the symptoms, usually with the help of painkillers, where pregnant women are advised to avoid. Therefore, we must turn to a more secure method of relief of their condition.


Nutrition and Fitness

While prevent sciatica during pregnancy impossible, experts say that women who eat right and exercise regularly, carry a variety of discomfort associated with pregnancy, it is easier than those who lead less healthy lifestyles. This is due to the fact that a good muscle tone makes it easier to support various structures of the body and better control their movements during an attack of sciatica.

Despite the fact that pregnant women who suffer from very severe sciatica, doctors can prescribe intake of prescription painkillers, experts agree that if possible it should be avoided. Less effective, but safer substitutes analgesics may be a massage, relaxation, as well as alternating hot and cold compresses to relieve muscle spasms.


Healthy habits

Doctors recommend that women scare from sciatica during pregnancy, pay close attention to your posture Posture - a few helpful tips for those who want to walk straight  Posture - a few helpful tips for those who want to walk straight
 . Whatever activity you do, poor posture and awkward posture in general can contribute to symptoms of sciatica, and aggravation.

In addition, during pregnancy, especially in the later stages, it is necessary to wear low-heeled shoes, and avoid shoes that a significant part of the body weight falls on the heel.

It is also useful to sleep on a hard bed or on the floor, putting a pillow between the knees.


Exercises to relieve pain

There are exercises that help temporarily relieve pain that appears when sciatica Sciatica (sciatica) - is not a disease  Sciatica (sciatica) - is not a disease
 . Here are some of them:

  • Get on all fours. Lower the head and bend the back arc. Then, straighten your back and raise your head - the neck should be parallel to the back. Repeat 10-15 times, or you can. In carrying out this exercise several times a day, you will reduce the pain and tension in the back.
  • Do at least 10 sit-ups slow daily. This is an effective way to maintain muscle tone in the legs. If you find it hard to keep balance during exercise, grasp the back of the chair.
  • Stand with your back to the wall. Is pressed against the wall so that the lumbar spine turned to it as closely as possible. Relax, then repeat. This simple exercise stretches and relaxes the muscles of the back.
  • In addition to these exercises, a good help to cope with back pain Back pain: Do not start the process  Back pain: Do not start the process
   walking and swimming. Of course, physical activity should be moderate. If the symptoms will become stronger, consult a doctor. He may recommend a special massage which will ease the symptoms of sciatica.

How does the cold pregnancy: what is its danger

March 16, 2012

 How does the cold pregnancy
 Colds - one of the most common diseases, which sooner or later faces every man. Although the common cold is considered a disease harmless enough, respond well to treatment during pregnancy, it can cause significant deterioration of health. Healthy baby colds during pregnancy is believed to be not harmful, but the lack of timely treatment can lead to complications, which may be potentially harmful to pregnant women and children.

 How does the cold pregnancy: what is its danger

Colds - the enemy of good health

Fluctuations in hormone levels, physical changes in the body during pregnancy - all this leads to quite naturally weakened immune system, causing cold "catch" during pregnancy is much easier. Harmless at first glance, the disease, the common cold during pregnancy can cause some very unpleasant and, more importantly, the duration of symptoms. Very often the common cold, the symptoms of which in the normal state disappear in a few days, pregnant women lasts for two to three weeks. These unpleasant symptoms of colds as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and added to the general feeling of malaise, weakness, lethargy, fatigue, complicating pregnancy.

 How does the cold pregnancy: what is its danger

Dangerous if a cold?

Do not be afraid that the cold in any way harm the child's health. Cold - a disease in general, harmless, its symptoms are unpleasant, but respond well to treatment, and on the course of pregnancy and the health of the baby cold does not affect in any way.

Of course, this does not mean that after the appearance of the characteristic symptoms of the common cold disease can be ignored - even small and seemingly non-serious health problems (such as colds) during pregnancy should be treated immediately to avoid serious consequences. Even the common cold can lead to such consequences: sinusitis, bronchitis, otitis, tonsillitis - a list of so-called secondary diseases catarrhal nature, which could lead not just cured the common cold, is very long. Such diseases are treated folk remedies have not recommended, often to suppress their symptoms antibiotics are used - as antibiotics are known to pregnant women in most cases are contraindicated.

 How does the cold pregnancy: what is its danger

The main thing - the right treatment

To chill had no effect on the course of pregnancy and the baby's health, it is first necessary to properly approach to the treatment of the disease. As you know, the majority of drugs during pregnancy is not recommended to take - some medicines can have an adverse effect on the child's development, some just not been studied in order to recommend them to a pregnant woman. For example, even an ordinary aspirin, antipyretic drugs, often used to reduce the temperature in the cold, is contraindicated for pregnant women - in early pregnancy it can adversely affect fetal development, but in the later stages - increase the risk of bleeding during childbirth. Fortunately, in most cases the common cold can be easily and quickly cure yourself at home, with the help of traditional medicine.

The most important thing during cold - get plenty of rest: Healthy sleep Dreams: how to understand our dreams  Dreams: how to understand our dreams
   Activities accelerate the healing process and help the body fight disease. Suppress the most unpleasant symptoms of a cold during pregnancy to help "at hand" means. Thus, for example, sore throat help rinse water with salt, nasal congestion and dry "scratching" throat Cough - inhalation vapor (boiling water can be added a few drops of an essential oil Essential oils and conception: can help the roses?  Essential oils and conception: can help the roses?
   eucalyptus or tea tree oil). Relieving cough Dry cough - whether to worry about it?  Dry cough - whether to worry about it?
   and soothe irritated mucous membrane of the throat help hot tea with honey and lemon. Most importantly - do not experiment with drugs: cold does not affect the pregnancy, when to treat it correctly and on time. If the cold is accompanied by a rapid and significant increase in temperature, a fever, you should seek medical attention, rather than trying to bring down temperature How to bring down the temperature in the home - a variety of methods  How to bring down the temperature in the home - a variety of methods

Tatiana Smirnova

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